Caddies recall false alarm ‘missile alert’ during 2018 Sony Open

Paul Tesori
Paul Tesori with Webb Simpson. Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

From Paul Tesori, caddie for Webb Simpson, who finished T4 at the Sony Open:

I remember it well. Webber was at Starbucks at the mall when the alert went out. I hadn’t seen it. He called and told me people were panicking at the mall and the Starbucks closed the doors. I turned on the local news stations immediately at the hotel. 

The stations were all reporting that it wasn’t a test and that the strike was imminent, within the next five minutes. I was pretty calm. I called Michelle and told her I loved her just in case. I packed a backpack of snacks and money in case. I put on jeans and shoes and walked out to the balcony to see if I could see the missiles. I had time to think that the man wasn’t this stupid and that he’d probably explode them in the ocean and cause a small tsunami, so I stayed up high in the hotel.

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