Tom Pernice Jr. of Murrieta, Calif., is 53. Si Woo Kim of South Korea is 17. Both are competing in the PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West.
I thought about dropping this bomb on Pernice on Thursday: "Tom, you are more than three times as old as the youngest player in the Q-School."
Instead, trying to be sensitive, I asked him if the general perception of age is changing in professional golf.
Pernice, a very sharp guy, didn't miss a beat: "You're just as old as you feel," he said. "The ball doesn't know how old you are."
"How old do you feel you are?" I asked.
"I feel like I'm 40," said Pernice, who opened the Q-School with consecutive rounds of 71 for a 142 total.
I thought about telling Pernice that Kim had posted rounds of 67 and 69 for a 136 total, but nobody wants to be thrashed by a wet-behind-the-ears teenager who won't turn 18 until June 28. So I kept quiet.
If Kim finishes among the top 25 and earns a PGA...