Patriots coach Bill Belichick spent the immediate aftermath of the Super Bowl XLVI loss at Pebble Beach playing in the AT&T Pro-Am, and it sounded therapeutic. Interestingly enough, he did really well, finishing third alongside partner Ricky Barnes.
To learn a little more about the experience from the perspective of Barnes, I spoke with the golfer in between shots on the driving range at Riviera Country Club. This was my article.
And to me, the coolest thing about it was that Barnes gained serious insight into why Belichick is successful and what kind of players he wants to fill his team with. Really, Belichick the golfer would be the kind of guy Belichick would want to coach.
“On most of the shots, he would ‘Ricky, what do you think I should do here?’ ” Barnes told me earlier this week by phone. “And I would say, ‘Grab this club, hit it here.’ I think he probably put some trust in me that I was giving him the right advice and I told him I read the scouting report and it said, ‘...