Playing in the states has definitely turned my game around! I knew my game was close to be really good and I guess it just took until my 4th event to show it. After a 3rd round 63 in Louisiana which included two eagles, I found myself in the 2nd to last group on the final day. It felt great to be in that position again, knowing that my game was finally performing. Sunday was certainly a disappointment and closing with a 2 over 73 dropped me into a tie for 18th. I wasn’t pleased but it went along way setting me up for the rest of the season and the re-shuffle.
We had a week off and I worked with Brett for a couple days before teeing in San Jacinto, CA for the Soboba Springs Championship presented by HUB Insurance. Course was playing difficult with thick rough, a nice breeze and some firm conditions. After a 3rd round 65 I found myself in the final group this time. I was playing really well and had a great shot at winning. Unfortunately the sunday blues hit me again and I wasn’t able to make some key putts on the front 9. I scrapped and battled all the way in, making some great par saves on the back. I finally notched my only birdie of the day on 18 to move into a tie for 5th. I picked a good week for a good finish as it was the largest purse we have played for. With my earnings from that week it moved me into the top-25 on the money list at #22.
I am currently on a flight to Vancouver for a week off after just completing play at the TPC Stonebrae Championship just outside of Oakland, CA. The week was plagued by weather delays, I believe it was close to 10hrs of delays in total. I was very fortunate to tee off early on Thursday as the rain and wind came in for thursdays afternoon round. I didn’t play well at all and finished with a 75, sitting near the bottom of the pack in my wave. As I mentioned weather came in and the scores sky-rocketed. Some guys weren’t able to finish their 1st rounds that afternoon because of it. The following morning we had fog delays and the maintenance had some issues getting the course ready from all of the rain. Finally guys got out to finish their 1st rounds, but since they had to play their 2nd rounds before I tee’d off, I ended up having a 6:44pm tee time on friday night.
We played 4 holes and I was +1 on the round, +6 overall. Saturday morning was an early one, (restart at 7:30am) and after trading bogeys and birdies I settled down to make 3 birdies and an eagle on the front to make the cut. It was great to see my game come together when I needed it to. The front was highlighted by an eagle 3 on my final hole after hitting 3wd to 3 feet from 250yds. I had approximately an hour before teeing it up again for my 3rd round at 3pm saturday afternoon. I played great, 4 birdies and no bogeys to climb just inside the top-25. Seems like a broken record, but I wasn’t able to get the putts to drop on sunday and wound up with an even par 70. With some difficult pins I slipped to 26th, not bad considering it was looking like i was going to miss the cut after friday. Now its off to vegas for a few days while celebrating my brothers 21st birthday. We booked a racing day at the speedway with exoctics racing. I can’t wait to rip around the track and take out all of the putting frustration out!