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Controlling the ball both in the Carnoustie breeze and on the linksland turf will be crucial this week, says Trevor Immelman. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Controlling the ball both in the Carnoustie breeze and on the linksland turf will be crucial this week, says Trevor Immelman. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Immelman Blog: Birthday boy brings joy to Carnoustie

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In his latest blog post, Trevor Immelman revels in all the fun he's having with his young son Jake, who will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday. Immelman also praises the course set-up at Carnoustie, and is eager to see how the Open shakes out.

Editor's note: Trevor Immelman will defend his first PGA TOUR title in Chicago in September during the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Right now, though, he's at the Open Championship, where he filed another edition of his blog on Tuesday.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- I can't even believe that it's been a year this week since my son was born. It's absolutely fascinating to me what's happened. It's just gone by so fast. I feel like I haven't even blinked. I remember that I had just finished the 18th hole of my Tuesday practice round at Royal Liverpool.

My parents had gotten the call that my wife Carminita had gone into labor, and they were waiting for me as I walked off the green. It was pretty surreal, really. I immediately withdrew and I got a ride back on the plane with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem that night.

I missed the birth by about 18 hours, but it was just so great to be there and meet him and see my wife. I did watch some of the Open Championship on TV that week. It was interesting because I'd just been there and played the practice rounds. It was a little weird, too. But it all worked out for the best.

Jake's birthday is actually Wednesday. He and Carminita are here with me this week. We've got a little party planned for tomorrow afternoon. Jake's madly in love with Sesame Street and Elmo -- so everything is Elmo. We've got Elmo cakes and Elmo plates and Elmo balloons. It's going to be great. He's going to love it. Jake is so much fun right now. He's getting very close to walking -- it's just a matter of him getting some confidence. He's very mobile and can be quite destructive, actually. So you need to keep your eyes on him because he wants to explore everything and test everything out.

I think he has a little more power than he thinks he does. The last couple of months he's really started to show some personality, too. He seems to be very determined and very headstrong, but the best thing about him is he never really seems to be in a bad mood. He always seems to be nice and happy and enjoying everything, and that's one of the main things I would want for him.

I'm looking forward to the Open this week. I haven't been playing very well the last couple of months, though. It's kind of been up and down. I've seen some signs when I'm playing better but I haven't been able to put the score on the board. So, at times, it's been very frustrating. I've just got to be patient with myself.

People ask me if it's any one particular thing in my game, but in truth, it's pretty much been everything. The days I've hit the ball well, I haven't made the putts and the days I've made the putts, I haven't hit the ball well. I haven't really been able to get it to click yet. But you've got to keep plugging away and maybe this will be the week everything comes together.

I love the golf course. It's been very well set up. It's amazing to me how strong the breeze is -- how much it affects the ball even when you've just got a light breeze. It's still 20 to 30 yards into the breeze extra. It's going to take some great play from the guy who wins this tournament.

I've always felt like my best chance would come at an Open Championship, and I'd love to break through here. I enjoy flighting the ball down and I enjoy using my imagination and running shots. But on this course, you don't hit too any running shots. You need to keep the ball in the air here. It doesn't play like St. Andrews or even like last year. It's a little bit different here. I love the golf course, though, so we'll see what happens.

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