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!
I was able to tighten up the few last loose nuts and bolts in my game and was really excited to get going here. I played the event two years ago and missed the cut, so I was looking for redemption. I had a solid 3 under par round at La Quinta CC to open my season, though I felt I played way better than I scored. I drove the ball spectacularly in particular.
My second round was where I “made my hay” on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, the site of my fourth collegiate win in 2015. I made 8 birdies and one bogey to shoot 65 and vault into a tie for 12th place. The following day I played the more difficult Stadium course, and got off to a great start but faltered on the back 9. The greens got extremely firm as I was the last group on the golf course, and I ended up finishing at one-under par. I even one-hopped a wedge in the hole that spun back out!
The final round again I got off to a great start, but the putter wouldn’t cooperate. I hit the ball so solidly but just couldn’t get any putts to drop from 7-15’. I flagged a few shots for birdies, but an unfortunate double bogey on the last hole dropped me back to 2 under par for the day, 13 for the tournament and in a tie for 37th.
While disappointed with my overall finish, I was encouraged by my game and my ball-striking. It was an uncharacteristically slow week with the putter, but I was excited to get another crack at it next week at Torrey Pines!
It was also really cool to see Callaway advertising their newest driver, the MAVRIK- I am currently testing it, and have seen upwards of 10 yards more carry… we are just trying to find the best shaft to match it.
Thanks again for all your support!