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Carmel man, lucky wedge steal spotlight from Tiger Woods

Carmel man, lucky wedge steal spotlight from Tiger Woods

Charlie Clifford | News 8 at 6 p.m.

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Can anyone provide some coaching here?

Golf is hard enough when you are surrounded by buddies and wide open fairways. How about a round with Tiger Woods in front of a gallery of thousands of Tiger die-hards?

Cool? Sure. Nerve-racking from the first tee box until the final putt drops on the 18th green? Absolutely.

“My wife was like, ‘There he is there he is!’ … You start to get jitters at that point and, heck, I had jitters a couple nights ago,” Aaron Busse said. “I got nervous.”

Busse, 39, is a Hoosier from Carmel, an everyday golfer by all accounts. He doesn’t keep his lights on at home with his short game. But, a bizarre twist to his work around the green is now no secret to Tiger.

“You’re trying to embarrass yourself, let alone embarrass yourself outside of Tiger Woods,” Busse said. “Then you watch the man swing and it is as pure as gold. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t duff it or kill a fan at that point.”

Busse’s support of the Evans Scholars Foundation, which sends youth caddies across the country to college on scholarship, lucked him into a Pro-Am Round with Tiger at the BMW Championship. And quickly, Tiger wasn’t the whole story.

Who is the guy putting with the sand wedge?

“I didn’t know what he (Tiger Woods) was going to say,” Busse said. “I have heard a lot of different responses. On the first green, his mark was right in front of my line. I said to my buddy, ‘Do I ask Tiger Woods to move his mark?’ … Neither one of us wanted to start out the round that way.”

Remarkably Woods didn’t razz the no-namer about the putting habit he has carried the last eight years. Instead, he watched closely.

On the final round on Sunday, that’s when the story got weird.

“My phone started blowing with friends asking: Did you see what Tiger just did?”

On his closing nine, with Woods well out of contention the 15-time major winner elected to keep his wedge after a solid chip. Busse’s putting regimine, by an act of subconscious mind or otherwise, rubbed off.

“He just … putted with his wedge,” Busse said. “I would love to say it was because of me or his way of saying thanks for playing with me but I am still on cloud nine and I probably will be for a while.”

Hey, Tiger … forget the putter.


Hoosier cities ranked among ‘Hardest Working’

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Two Indiana cities are among the top 116 metropolitan areas across the country identified as “2020’s Hardest Working Cities in America,” according to a new study from WalletHub.

The personal finance website places Indianapolis at No. 47 and Fort Wayne at No. 72.

The ranking is based on 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from employment rate to average weekly work hours to share of workers with multiple jobs. WalletHub says the average U.S. worker puts in 1,786 hours per year, which is much higher than many other industrialized countries.

For instance, U.S. workers put in 403 more hours each year than German workers. For an average 40-hour workweek, that’s ten weeks of additional time “on the clock.”

But WalletHub says working more hours does not necessarily translate into higher productivity.

“In fact, empirical research shows that as the number of working hours increases, employee productivity starts to decline,” said Stephanie Andel, an assistant professor in the IUPUI Department of Psychology.

Andel is one of five experts asked by WalletHub to weigh-in on the workload.

“We simply are not wired to be working constantly, and we lose valuable mental resources as the workday goes on,” explains Andel. “This reduces our ability to maintain our work engagement over long periods, and in turn, creates diminishing returns when it comes to employee output and productivity.”

The list also included data on average commute time and the number of workers leaving vacation time unused.

“Overworked employees also struggle to balance their work and non-work roles (such as family demands), which further impacts their stress and health levels,” Andel said. “These problematic outcomes can also be felt by the organization’s bottom line in the form of increasing health insurance costs, employee absenteeism and turnover.”

WalletHub says the hardest working U.S. city is Anchorage, Alaska.

Click here to view the entire list.