“I told her to stand where you’re looking at my back or looking at my chest,” Van Pelt said. “Stand right in line with the tee markers, and no player will ever move you, and people down the fairway can see you.”
As for the moves?
“That same year on Saturday, somebody said, `Did you tell the lady at No. 9 to do that?’ And I hadn’t paid attention to her because she’s behind me,” Van Pelt said. `She has flair, pizzazz. I give her all the credit for that.”
Taga takes her job so seriously that she had her eyes checked to make sure she could sufficiently see the ball. But she cringes at the thought of her first day on the job during the tournament. The first player to hit, she never saw the ball. She just stood there.
“My boss came running down and said, `Liz, what are you doing?’ And I told him that he hit it so fast I never saw it. He asked if I knew who that was and I didn’t know anybody. They called him the `Walrus,’” she said.
It was Craig Stadler, one of the quickest players in golf.
She knows them now, particularly Van Pelt for showing her where to stand, and Bubba Watson. The Masters champion was so intrigued by Taga that he had a special paddle made for her so that she could sign it.
How popular is Taga?
Pettersson was on Facebook earlier in the week when he saw a posting from Jarrod Lyle, who played the Sony Open last year. It wasn’t much longer that Lyle discovered his leukemia had returned, and he faces a life-threatening battle back home in Australia. Pettersson said Lyle had one comment about the Sony Open that made him smile.
“Is the lady on No. 9 still there?”