KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Max Homa’s caddie Joe Greiner wasn’t the only PGA Tour looper to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Chambers Bay. So did Alex Higgs, sidekick for his brother Harry Higgs, who made birdie on the ultimate two holes at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort on Friday to comfortably make the 36-hole lower with his 1-under 143.
That means Alex Higgs’s associate, Park Ulrich, a monetary advisor and the 2020 Kansas Amateur champion, goes to have to play solo on Saturday within the two-man workforce occasion when 36-hole stroke-play qualifying will get underway.
“We love you, Park, and hopefully you play your tail off and qualify for match play so then we can get Al all the way across the country to play some matches on Monday,” Harry Higgs stated.
While Greiner was given the week off by his boss, Alex Higgs opted to work for his brother and booked a Friday evening flight to Seattle, the place the championship is being held, that was scheduled to depart at 6:45 p.m., simply in case his brother failed to make lower.
“Made it a while ago, and I think I told him about it in some way, shape or form,” Alex Higgs stated. “The wave that we got obviously kind of made that tough with all the traffic getting back to the airport, and obviously it’s not exactly close to here in Seattle. But it was a win-win going into the week for me.”
Harry Higgs and brother Alex Riggs discuss to the media on Friday at the PGA Championship. (Golfweek picture)
Alex has been on the bag for his huge brother the previous few years and Harry gave an instance of how useful it’s to have his brother round this week.
“He did a good job on 13,” Harry stated. “He said, ‘Harry, I think you should tee your driver up high and hit it as hard as you can over that bunker.’ He kind of knows, that’s why he is great for me.”
On the treacherous water-laden seventeenth, Alex stepped in and advised his brother, “if you hit this ball in the bunkers, I’ll make you a cocktail tonight, because anything left there is fine.” Harry adopted instructions, maintaining it dry to the left and made it from off the inexperienced from 59 toes for birdie. That earned Harry a Tito’s and water. And Alex ought to make it a double on condition that his brother rolled in a 64-foot birdie on 18 for good measure.
Asked how he felt about lacking out on the competitors, Alex stated, “I love Park to death, but I think I probably would have picked this outcome over the other one. We can always qualify next year.”