New Best Career Finish at Torrey Pines!

In my second of back-to-back weeks to start the year, I finished 15th at Torrey Pines for my best finish yet as a professional. And while this was great, it came on the heels of the best two days of ball-striking and worst two days of putting I can remember as a professional to start the tournament!

Torrey Pines

I opened the week with a solid one-under-par 71 on the more difficult South course (site of next year’s US Open), where the notorious Torrey Pines rough was on full display. I hit the ball beautifully, particularly with the driver, taking the 6” rough all but out of play. I just couldn’t get a feel with the putter though, and aside from making two putts from 10-15’ on the last two holes, I made nothing outside of 6’ all day. Despite all this, I had the 11th best round of the day on the South course, and was sitting in 50th place.

The second round on the North course was much the same, only shooting -1 despite innumerable birdie opportunities. At the end of the round, I was tied for 51st, outside the top 100 in putting, but leading the tournament in fairway %.

To start the third round one the South course was much the same, I tapped in for a nice sandy save on the 10th hole and 3putted for bogey on the 11th. But on the 12th, I figured out a tiny setup change in my putting, and made a crucial 7 footer for par. I followed it with a 20 footer for birdie, and then I was off to the races. On the back 9, my driving was just a fraction off and I played more from the rough than the previous two days combined; however, on the heels of a putter that ‘finally’ woke up, I shot a 3-under 69 and jumped 30 spots to t21.

The final round felt like a return to “normalcy” for me.. I hit the ball well but not perfectly tee to green, and very efficiently cleaned up any messes with the putter. I hit two awesome shots leading to a 2putt birdie on the 13th, and made a great birdie on the 16th hole making an extremely fast 6 footer. Two more pars to finish my tournament left me in solo 15th position, moving me back up to 71st in the FedEx Cup and with my best finish yet.

Maverick visits the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar
Maverick visits the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar

Another cool thing I got to do was visit the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar and sit in the cockpit of an F-18… I got to spend 10 minutes in a flight simulator, where the plane was surprisingly easy to fly, but even more surprisingly difficult to land. I attempted an aircraft carrier landing but ‘only’ missed high by about 100 feet. Better than missing low!!!

My next event will be after a week off at the AT&T Pebble Beach.

Thanks for all your support!!

Kicking Off the Year in Palm Springs!

Hello everyone from the first event of 2020!

Well, it was supposed to be my second, but a bad bout of the flu kept me from going to the Sony Open… which may have been a blessing in disguise, as the winds were upwards of 40mph and I got a few extra days to prepare for the 3 golf courses in the “golf dome” that we call La Quinta!

Looking to 2020: Starts on the West Coast Swing

As we approach 2020, I wanted to share what my early season schedule might look like! Qualifying for each event is different, due to a range of field sizes and how many top players play, so what we have listed below is the PGA Tour schedule and my prospects for playing each event.

2019 Finale in Sea Island

This is the last event, my 30th, of 2019… and I’m not going to lie, it definitely felt like it. I flew from Cancun to Naples, FL on Sunday night for an all-day corporate event, and then got up early Tuesday morning and drove to Sea island (7.5 hours in a car, with a 4pm arrival at the golf course). I got there just in time for a quick range session at sunset, and then drove down the road to Southern Soul BBQ, which is my new favorite BBQ place on the planet. I even brought some of their Sweet Georgia Soul BBQ sauce home… and am still dreaming of their deep-fried Oreos. Yup, you read that right.

Marathon in Mexico

This week I played in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, just South of Cancún. The story of the week was the weather, where the golf course got over 10” of rain between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday night! The course was so wet that we were not able to play at all on Thursday, forcing us to have to cram as many holes as possible into Sunday.