I'm standing here and have gone through a lot of emotions between Thursday and today. There's such a fine line between a good and bad day in this game.
I wouldn't say that I got off on the wrong foot. I actually started by hitting the ball pretty well. My approach shot on my first hole, the 10th, released into the rough. It was a foot away from being perfect. So, I made a bogey. My second bogey came on the par-3 13th. I hit a good shot, but it was a case of two pretty good golf shots that could have been par or birdie but ended up as bogeys. The rest of the day my putter kind of let me down.
I was 4-over on my front nine, and there's a fine line between good and bad out there. Toward the middle of my back nine, I think I hit the emotional wall. I got a little deflated. Putts weren't falling, and that was after hitting some good shots.
Once I was 4-over, 5-over, I knew the week was over. I kept trying to grind, and made a birdie coming in. I felt I ended up on a good note, getting up and down for par.
Yesterday was a surprise. And today, I felt just as good as I did yesterday. I think when putts don't drop it puts a big strain on your game. I came in at 78, and that was four strokes too high to spend the weekend.
When the greens are fast and crusty, I stroke the ball better. Obviously, yesterday I putted very well, and today I putted poorly. The conditions are obviously ripe for scoring.
What I took away from the last two days is that I know what I have to work on if I want to achieve the kind of level that these guys are at. I've got a good perspective on what I have to work on, of what I can get better at doing.
I saw Steve (Flesch, a Thursday playing partner) and Anders (Hansen, Friday's playing partner) and how they played and how they grinded. They've got tremendous, tremendous short games. I've got a good short game, but I'm not anywhere near those guys.
And obviously, there's my putting. I've known for years that I have to become a great putter. But, it has been what prevents me from becoming better down the road.
Before the week started, I would have said, "absolutely not." I tried it for two years and didn't like the life style. I've got a family.
But, as I stand here today, I could definitely get used to this. Am I going to pursue it? Probably not.
I have other interests. I love to ski and I like spending time with the kids. I don't see them all year. This week is probably the most that I have seen them all year.
My members have all been great with a lot of e-mails and phone calls this week. I've let them in on about everything that that I've experienced. I hope that they enjoyed it as much as I did.
I'm going to finish off my stay in Chicago right. I'm headed downtown for good old' Chicago Style pizza, and tomorrow I'm headed to a Cubs game. The week's not over and I'm having some fun.
I'm looking forward to competing in next year's PGA Professional National Championship. I qualified a week before coming here. It was a load off my mind.
Maybe I will work harder over the winter and get my game ready for our National Championship. This is kind of the end of the rainbow for me.
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