I'll play early tomorrow before flying back to Phoenix for the Gateway that starts Monday. No rest for the weary.
My round left me with a very good chance to get into contention. A good round could vault me into one of the last groups heading into Saturday. With a few more chances for birdie, I should shoot a good score tomorrow.
After a good practice session this afternoon, I scored some good tickets to the Rockies game. What a game it was. They ended up beating the Padres in 10, after being down 6-0, then 8-3. Good times. Better times when I shoot myself into contention tomorrow.
The last round of this tournament was a blast. It has been awhile since I have had a chance to win a tournament of any significance, and I forgot how much fun it is. I played very solid golf all day long, and I thought I still had a chance if I got hot on the back nine. I felt a different kind of pressure the last day than I've been feeling lately, and it felt good to pull some shots off. I think that pressure to make the cut is a much tougher/different pressure to face than the pressure when trying to win. I like the latter a lot better. It's more fun, more of a rush. There isn't any scared feeling, more excitement. It makes me play better.
I got off to a good start, making birdie on the first two, and 3 of the first 5. A lot of pars followed. Getting to the last five holes, I needed a lot of birdies. I got three, and was close on the other two. Ended up with 6 birdies, no bogies, and a ton of extra confidence. I gave myself a chance to win, and gave myself a much needed good finish. Fun.
So it was a very good week. There is a lot of big golf left this summer, and getting on a roll now could do some great things.
This week is the Colorado Open in Denver. I've had some success at this tournament the last couple years (see the archives, JULY 05), so I'm really looking forward to it. Oh, and the winner gets into the International at Castle Pines. Could be a life changing month. We'll see.
I played solid golf all day, but I wasn't making birdies. I kept giving myself chances, and got a few to go in towards the end of the round. 3 birdies in the last 5 gave me life.
I feel good heading into tomorrow. Gateway scores can always be found at thegatewaytour.com
The first round on the Red course seemed like a pretty easy 66. I was never in any real trouble, which is quite a bit different than the last couple weeks. I finally hit a lot of good shots. The greens were the slowest greens I have ever played on in a tournament. The course had just opened after some summer maintenence, so it was hard to make a lot of putts.
Today's round was on the longer Gold course. I got off to a trying start, hitting it into a greenside bunker on 5 of the first 6. After that, I started to hit some better shots. I made some birdies to get it back under par before making bogey on the last hole.
I'm swinging much better, and my short game has continued to be pretty sharp. A better start tomorrow and I should be able to get back close to the top.
Gateway tour action starts back up tomorrow at the Wigwam Gold and Red courses. I had a good practice session today. I feel like I'm figuring some things out.
One good thing today: I holed a 9-iron from 147 for a deuce. It was a thing of beauty.
I finished my second round right before this. The picture isn't very good, but it is a downpour right now. One later tee time, and I would
have been playing the waiting game at the course.
I'm proud of my first two rounds. My ball striking was atrocious, but I hung, and hung, and hung on to shoot decent scores. 71-69, -4. I was three over after 6 today, so it was a helluva comeback.
I'm not sure exactly where I stand. A lot of players are still on the course.
Uh oh, power just went out.
I'm not sure if we'll be able to get the tourney in if they don't get back on the course soon.
Power is back on.
Ah, classic golf. I didn't realize how tired I was of desert golf (wait, yeah I did). Once in a while it is okay. More than that? Seems like the same hole over and over.
This isn't the biggest of tournaments, but it already feels more like a tournament than I've been used to. I feel welcome. It has been nice.
Good feelings going into tomorrow. And Sedona is amazing. I'm not really a believer in the whole vortex phenomena (nutty?), but the scenery is still nice to look at. I'll have pics when I get back to an internet connection.
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Driver - Titleist 905s, maybe going to the 905r
Irons (2-9) - Titleist 990b, soon to be 695 MB
Wedges - Titleist 48 deg. oil can Vokey, 54 deg. raw Vokey, 60 deg. spin milled Vokey
Putter - Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball - Titleist Pro V1x
Bag - Titleist
Glove - Titleist Players
Shoe - Footjoys Dryjoy/Classic various types
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The little phone lesson I got from my dad seemed to do the trick with the long game. If I could have putted a bit better, I would have shot a good score. I was hitting good putts, but I was once again left feeling illiterate by the end of the round (very frustrating watching the label roll end over end, only to have the putt break too much or not enough).
Doom and gloom has left for the time being. I was at a loss during yesterdays round. I've been at a loss for the last couple months...But it feels like I am getting better. I just wish the scores would begin to show that.
I have a couple days to get ready for the Sedona Open. I need a good tournament. It has been WAY too long since a top 10, let alone a top 3 finish. Time to remedy that.
I've got some work. The game hasn't ever been this hard for me before, but I still want it. BAD. I'm in the "weeding out" process, and I'm not going to let it get to me. It's a small blip on the radar, trust me. I'll work it out (key word: WORK). Talked to my dad, sounds like I'm getting a little "stuck." Need to keep the club in front of my body. There is always something to work on, you just need to score when you don't "have it." That has been my main screw up. No matter what swing I bring, I need to get it in the hole. I definitely haven't been doing that. It stops now. I don't need to shoot over par anymore, especially not the scores I've been shooting.
The Derby's on. It's much better than the actual All-Star game, so I better watch.
Keep it on grass.
Yeah, I could probably be called a redneck, but only if you go by the literal meaning. Of course I've got a red neck. I spend 8 hours a day in the sun. The same sun that causes the 113 degree weather down here. I have the ultimate farmer's tan. They let us wear shorts down here, though, so at least my legs aren't as white anymore. When I get back to wearing pants everyday (like the last two years), I'll be back to having two O.B. stakes for legs. Daggum, Guru, the races are awesome. Watch a couple, you'll get hooked on that too.
The races last night were great. The dirt track is a totally different experience. A complete slide through the turn. Going to different tracks is like going to different ballparks. Each is unique, so it is a must see at every town you visit.
I played a practice round today for the Gateway starting Monday. I am hitting the ball good, I feel good over the putter, and my mind seems to be working right. This is a good combination, hopefully the good results will follow.
One day tourney tomorrow, followed by the Gateway, then the Sedona Open. Action packed.
Here's the trucks at the Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake:
So as long as the dust-storm doesn't swallow me up, I'll be at the dirt track at Manzanita Speedway tonight to watch some racing.
Starting Sunday, I'll have 7 tournament rounds in 8 days. Time to get hot.
My dad pointed out that my scoring average after a long drive (car drive, people) is about 77 (a little off the mark, but he's on the right track). So from now on, if there is any option, I will make sure to get to the tournament site at least two days in advance if I have to drive for more than 5 hours. Even out my body, I guess. Find your center, people, find your center.
Anyways, I played very good in today's second round. I hit a lot of good putts that I watched burn the edge, but still managed a nice little -3 69. I was wracking my brain last night, trying to figure out what happened to my game. Seems that it got left behind in Utah, but it caught up.
For the next couple weeks, I'm down here. No excuses. Golf your ball, Luke. Use the force (at least that's what people tell me). I expect good things.
In the meantime, I think I figured out how to post a video, so here's my swing. Video courstesy the mediaguru at hookedongolfblog.com/thegolfspace.com
This work? Thanks MW
Heres the Link to the Video