I got the ball rolling for the 2014 season this week in Bogota, Colombia. It’s a pretty unique place. If any of you guys want to pick up 30-40 yards off the tee just hop on a plane and come play some golf here. We’re at 8,000 feet elevation and the ball goes 10-15% farther. Drives of 330 and 7 irons flying 190, pretty wild!
So on the topic ‘where’s your focus?’. I had a good week of preparation and was ready to get going. I had a different last range session on Wednesday, but I was excited to get started. Why was my focus based on outcome and thinking of score the first round when I know that’s not how you play good golf? I’m not sure, but I am glad I nipped that thought on the first round of the year. During the second round, I graded myself on how well I ran my routine after every shot to get in the mind frame of focusing on that. I played like I did the last 5 months of last season. It’s disappointing to miss the cut and post a first round like I did. It’s also exciting to realize how important it is to understand where your focus is on the course to play the game like it’s suppose to be played. It’s a long season and to realize how important that is in the first round of the year is nice.
The next trip is in two weeks to Chile, Brazil, Panama, and Louisiana.
It felt good to get back in competition today in Phoenix, Az. There were over 120 guys for 3 spots into the crazy Phoenix Open this week and I posted a -2 par 70 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. I played some ok golf out there, but it felt really good to compete and tee it up. I didn’t qualify for the event but I’m feeling good about heading to Bogota, Colombia in 2 weeks for the first Web com Tour event. I’m staying out here a couple more days to play some rounds of golf in the desert sun before I head back for a week and get ready for Colombia.
The 2014 season is on the verge of kicking off and everything in the offseason has been great besides the weather in Mississippi. There has been some really good practice and workout sessions indoors over the last month and now I am ready to start sharpening up the game on the golf course. I leave January 23rd to sunny Arizona and go to the PING Factory to finish out dialing in the new I25 Driver and then do the Waste Management Monday Qualifier. I’ve had cabin fever all month. I am ready to start teeing it up daily and working on my game on the golf course. The body, mind, and swing feels good and its all about putting in the reps on the course now. I believe its going to be a great year and I’m excited to get going in South America in a few weeks!
What a week! I played some great golf this week for 90% of the week, followed by some sloppy play that reminded me of some golf played in college after the lack of preparation I did. Overall it was great though. I was ready to play and prepared well for the week. I played the tough stadium Pete Dye course like a champ, -11 on the week. It had some intimadating shots that forced you to get lost in your target. If you told me that I would have shot -11 on the stadium, I would have told you that I would be atleast -20 on the week. I just never got anything going on the Nicklaus course. I hit a number of poor approach shots and played some sloppy golf on it.
Anyway, here is the last 4 holes of the final round. I was -13 and knew -12 would be the number. It was all about making pars. I laid up on the short par 5 island green 15 to a 115 yards. I tried to hit it 20 ft over the flag and skanked it right, it dug it’s way into the lip of the bunker and my heart immediately started racing. I was pissed! Bogey was the best I could do and I made one did the biggest putts of my career, a 15 footer for bogey. On 16, I lip a 10 footer out for birdie. Now 17, I hit a 4 iron to 40 feet and make the 5 footer coming back for par. On 18 tee my heart is pounding, I pull it into the left rough and have 189 to a tucked right flag.. 175 to cover the water. I swing as hard as i can with a 6 iron and yell for it to cover.. it does and ends up 9 feet from the hole. I would have loved to make it but I knew -12 would enough and I left it a roll short. -12 ended being the number and I finished T-42 and will be into the first 8 Web.com Tour events next year.
I’m looking forward to getting better this off-season and keep moving up. It’s a lot better than conditional status from last year. Should be an exciting year!!
Sorry I haven’t kept the blog recent the last few months, but I will give you guys an update now and another time this week.
The 1st Round of Finals was yesterday and I played the Stadium Course(tougher one). I played well, shot 69. There were 2-4 shots that I just threw away, but I made some putts to make up for it. I told myself at the beginning of the week I wanted to play that course -6 on the week so half way there.
Today I have the Tournament course and I played very well on it last year. I tee off at 9:50 local time.
This past week was the 2nd Stage of Q School in Gautier, MS. I golfed my ball. Every round was different, but I found a way to score throughout the week. There was times that I was on fire, there was times that I was sloppy and threw away strokes, and there were times I made up strokes out of some situations where par was good. I’ve been working hard for years on many aspects of my game and it has paid off these last few months. The next step is playing in bigger events and continuing to get better physically, mentally, and mechanically. It was a great week! I had my dad caddying and it was awesome to play some really good golf and make it feel better easy! It’s a long road ahead and this is just another step in the right direction. Thanks to everyone for the support and prayers throughout the week and year. Final Stage will be December 12-17 at PGA West in La Quinta, CA. I’m excited to get back there and play some golf in the west coast sun! Thanks again to everyone for keeping up this year!
Next Tuesday starts the 1st round of 2nd Stage of Web.com Qualifying School. I’m back feeling healthy again and ready to tee it up. I went through 1st Stage in Dallas, TX last month at The Lakes at Castle Hills, a golf course I have now played 20 times and love it. I played well enough to get through pretty easily, but it was a grind that week with all the conditions. That’s the way Q School seems to happen. I had a good end to the season in the month of September with a couple Top 15s on the NGA Pro Tour along the east coast and have continued some good work with my coaches VJ Trolio and Tim Yelverton. A big shout out to Tim Yelverton! He was recently named the top teacher in Mississippi this year. The guy is flat out good! I’m excited to get going next week and looking forward to playing some great golf!