Derek Freeman's Blog from the 2010 Ryder Cup

Sept. 29, 2010

UCLA Head Men's Golf Coach Derek Freeman traveled to Cardiff, Wales to assist the American travelers cheering on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Day 1, Sept. 28

After having a very good tournament at the Preview, I jumped on a plane to head back to Los Angeles to catch my flight to London. It was good to see some familiar faces, Dan Guerrero and Mark Harlan, sitting on the plane in Dallas on their way back as well. After landing, I caught the shuttle to The Parking Spot to get all of my Ryder Cup bags. I left my UCLA team bag.

The flight over was pretty uneventful. However, it changed once I landed in London. Apparently, every airplane decided to land just in front of us and getting through the UK customs took a couple of hours. After the 10 seconds of actually getting my passport stamped, it was smooth. The customs officer did not know what a golf coach did. How do you explain that without saying, "I coach golf," and without going into all the little coaching details that we do?

My taxi driver was still there, which surprised me completely. He was a very nice English guy that was curious about my time in Oklahoma. He wondered if the cowboys still were robbing banks. I told him there has been a decrease in that activity recently. We headed out of London, which is exactly what I pictured, small streets and little cars darting around. The weather seemed typical for this time of year, a cool grey type day with rain spitting off and on. It was a little odd at first to travel on the other side of the street and seeing the driver on the other side of the car. It took us about three hours to get to Cardiff, Wales.

After a quick bite to eat, I am planning for Thursday. It is practice rounds and opening ceremonies. It's going to be exciting to watch the USA team with our Bruin Captain Corey Pavin leading the charge.

All the best from Room 222.

Will be back tomorrow.

Go USA! Go Bruins!

D


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