The last few years have been a struggle for Rhode Island native Billy Andrade on the PGA Tour. The four-time winner made the cut in only two of 17 events in 2009 and he has played only sparingly this year. But the 46-year-old has other things on his mind, like a budding career as a commentator for The Golf Channel and taking care of his chartable undertakings, which includes the CVS Caremark Charity Classic he and fellow Rhode Island Tour player Brad Faxon stage annually the week after The Traveler’s Championship. Andrade played the Cromwell event his year, missing the cut at four-over-par but he was still in good spirits when he took five minutes to chat with Golfing Magazine.
GM: How is the game?
BA: Well, about the same as it has been the past few years. Nothing much happening. I’m hitting the ball all right but my putting has really been bad.
GM: What seems to be the problem?
BA: Call it what you will, a lack of confidence, the yips, whatever. I just don’t feel comfortable over putts anymore. But I can’t complain too much because other things have become more important lately. I would like to be competitive out here but it just isn’t happening. And I’m not putting the work in to fix the problems.
GM: By other interests you mean your foray into broadcasting?
BA: Yeah, I’ve really enjoyed my time on the air. I like bringing my insights to the broadcasts, whether it is the human element or some factual stuff that I have found about a player. I like to inject a little humor into things as well.
GM: It’s pretty cool to have two guys from Rhode Island transitioning into the booth after having had such successful PGA Tour careers.
BA: It’s pretty neat that Brad and I are doing this together. We were on the air at the same time during The Players Championship, which was fun.
GM: Coming to play in Cromwell was important to you?
BA: Yes. I needed a tune-up for what has become my major, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, so this works out perfectly.
GM: Do you and Brad intend to continue your involvement with the charity tournament indefinitely?
BA: I don’t know about that but I know there continues to be an entertainment value to the tournament and CVS values the event, so we will keep it going as long as those things hold true.