There's no calling in sick for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
If there was, Todd Faircloth might just think about it.
The longtime pro from Jasper, Tex., is battling a case of double pink eye - and as if that wasn't bad enough, he's developed a head cold as we draw closer to Friday's opening round of competition on Lake Hartwell.
"One of my kids has pink eye, and I thought I was going to get away from home without getting it," said Faircloth, who was noticeably avoiding handshakes during Thursday's Classic media day. "But I came down with it the day before I left."
Faircloth said its kind of like having sand in his eyes, and he wakes every morning with his eyes crusted over. Still, he says the cold is having a worse effect on him.
In a strange way, he's hoping the ailments could be a blessing.
"I fished a tournament down in Florida when I was sick one time, and it actually made me slow down," he said. "Maybe that'll be good this week."