SAN FRANCISCO -- There aren't many instances where Oregon football coach Chip Kelly goes relatively unnoticed, or plays second fiddle, but Wednesday morning was one. As Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay and Casey Martin meandered around Olympic Club for a U.S. Open practice round, Kelly followed closely behind, part of the entourage trailing the group. As all eyes focused on Tiger, Kelly was able to almost seamlessly blend in, laughing and holding conversation while strolling around the difficult Lake Course.
The reason Kelly was there is simple: Casey Martin, Tiger's old Stanford teammate and current head coach of the University of Oregon golf team, scored a practice round with Tiger. Both are Nike guys, obviously, and the grouping was a natural fit -- Cantlay, an incredibly talented amateur, rounded out the threesome, as well.
No word on if Kelly had any tips for the group, but we can go ahead and assume his advice would have something to do with speeding up the pace of golf.