KAWAGOE, Japan — On the 15th gap of the Olympic route at Kasumigaseki Nation Club, U.S. golfer Lexi Thompson’s caddie Jack Fulghum had to relinquish his duties due to the heat on the first day of competitors.
In the 93 degrees Fahrenheit weather, which felt more admire 105 degrees Fahrenheit out on the route, Thompson talked about she didn’t look Fulghum wasn’t feeling successfully except the 15th gap.
“He correct asked me, he’s admire, ‘Plan I gaze white to you?'” Thompson talked about. “And I’m admire, I did now not if reality be told look. He correct did now not gaze authorized. I correct favor him to be healthy, that’s all.”
Thompson suggested Fulghum, who by no contrivance passed out, to take a seat down within the coloration and decide care of himself. In that 2nd, getting him to read a putt turned into the closing factor on her mind.
Fortuitously for Thompson, LPGA director of participant providers Donna Wilkins turned into nearby staring at Thompson and Nelly Korda play. She managed to step in and change Fulghum for the leisure of Thompson’s time out.
“I don’t normally caddie,” Wilkins talked about. “Straps were a chunk of off, nonetheless it undoubtedly turned into all authorized. So delighted to be ready to jump in and lend a hand and my first downside turned into Jack to make sure that that he turned into OK and then I turned into delighted to be ready to jump on the gain.”
Wilkins equipped Fulghum with electrolyte drinks and salt pills to top off his hydration ranges. On Wednesday night, Wilkins talked about she’ll make sure that that all people on the crew makes a speciality of hydration to prepare for the upcoming days of the tournament.
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Factual now, Thompson’s supreme downside is that Fulghum regains his successfully being and energy. Till then, she will be able to work with Wilkins to determine a caddie contingency idea.
“If he can’t, I will correct fetch a native,” Thompson talked about. “Determine how to read a yardage book. Ensuing from I had no belief the old couple of holes. I’m admire, I if reality be told hope or no longer it’s around that number. But yeah, it ended up conception.”
Thompson executed the first round of the competitors 1-over on the par-71 route. She birdied four holes, including the 15th by 17th without Fulghum.
Fulghum’s battle with the heat is accessible within the wake of but any other heat-related incident in Olympic ladies’s golf. In accordance to The Philippine Each day Inquirer, Filipino golfer Yuka Saso’s caddie Lionel Matichuk turned into rushed to the sanatorium due to heat stroke on Tuesday.
The Nationwide Golf Association of the Philippines talked about that national crew coach Miko Alejandro will caddie for Saso in Matichuk’s space.
The weather won’t be any cooler within the 2nd round of the competitors, and Thompson understands the significance of declaring her hydration and vitality ranges within the sweltering heat.
“Potentially focus correct as a result of it’s so sizzling, you absorb to make sure that that that you just’re drinking as great water as chances are high you’ll well well,” Thompson talked about. “Make sure that that you just’re feeding yourself as a result of whereas you lose that, you lose every sort of focus. It correct happens, so that you just absorb to correct make sure that that you just’re hydrated. But diverse than that, any part of the sport’s advanced in that heat for obvious.”