New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is moonlighting this week as Ryan Palmer's caddie at the Greenbrier Classic.
With the start of NFL training camp later this month, Payton said he was planning to spend a week relaxing at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. One thing led to another, and Payton ended up agreeing to help Palmer, who gave his regular PGA Tour caddie the week off.
''It's pretty cool to hear the mindset of one of the great coaches in the game, Super Bowl winning coach,'' Palmer said.
After two days of participating in practice rounds and pro-am events, Payton said Wednesday he realized ''this isn't a vacation.''
Payton and Palmer are good friends who met in Dallas. They see each other when Palmer plays in the Zurich Classic in Louisiana and they've played an occasional round together during the summers.
While Payton said he isn't good at playing golf, he said he's comfortable with figuring out yardage at the Greenbrier Classic, which starts Thursday.