What a great day out there on the links. I have gotten a lot of great text messages and emails from people who saw me on the Golf Channel today. Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up! So, I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on my blow by blow round breakdown. Here is how todays round went. Keep in mind that a lot of these holes are short par fours and do not require more than an iron off the tees.
1. I pushed my 3 iron just a little bit off the tee and, fortunately, it stayed short of the fairway bunker. It was in the rough, but I only had a 9 iron in from about 145. I was trying to hit a little cut in there because the pin was front right, but I pushed it right online to about 12 feet. It just caught the bottom left lip and I was off to a great start with a birdie.
2. Hit a great driver down the middle on this par 5. The pin was back left and all I was trying to do was land this 4 iron in the middle of the green. Well, I pulled it, and short sided myself pin high left. I was able to draw a pretty good lie and hit the sexiest little flop shot up there to about 5 feet. Boom. Birdie. Onward.
3. I didn’t get the turn on this next driver like I wanted so I was blocked out by some trees from going for the green in two. Laying up on par 5′s with a wedge isn’t ideal but it was necessary. I left myself with 88 yards for my 3rd shot and hit a dreadful LW to about a million feet. Arguable the worst LW of my life. I was able to two putt from there, so no harm no foul.
4. This is a great little par 3 and they had the pin tucked front right today. I hit a great 8 iron from 161 to about 20 feet pin high right, but didn’t get the ball to the hole. That was kinda the trend these past couple of days. I have wanted the greens to be faster than they really are. I tapped in my 3 footer and moved on to the next.
5. Hit a nice little stinger 3 wood out in the middle of the fairway to 157 hole. The wind was a little into and off the right so I hit a knock down cut 8 iron to about 15 feet. Left it short. See. Tapped it in for a par and headed to 6.
6. For the second day in a row a got a great break on this hole. I pulled my 3 wood left and it hit the tree and kicked it down and right. That gave me a clear shot at the flag, but I hit it in the middle of the green and two putted for my 4. Ho hum.
7. I like the way this tee shot sets up. If is perfectly cut into this set of trees and you need to hit a cut shot to move the ball with the fairway. I did just that with one of my stinger cut 3 woods. I had about 155 hole and tried to draw a 9 iron into the left pin location but hung it out in the middle of the green. I only had about 20 feet but left that about 5 feet short. The trend continues. I grinded that one out and moved on to 8. The tough par 3.
8. There was just a shade of wind into our faces, but the cover over the bunker was about 177 and it was 183 to the hole. It just felt like a perfect smoke 7 and I did just that. The ball landed absolutely perfect and I am going to have nightmares as to how this thing missed the hole. It looked like it couldn’t miss from the tee. We get up there and it is 3 inches. I’ll take it. Love those kind of birdies. I have never had a hole in one people, so that is why I am so dramatic.
9. Typically you hit iron off this tee, but Josh, my caddie, talked me into hitting driver so I dropped a bomb up the right side. Good decision. That left me with about 88 yards and I hit one in there to about 5 feet. I made it and was feeling great about making the cut. That was the ultimate goal today. Play well and get to the weekend. Fortunately, I was able to get a little bit more. Little did I know that the cut was going to be -6! Brute.
10. Very short par four and is drivable with the correct wind, but I bunted a 4 iron down the fairway to set up my 2nd shot. Had almost the exact same yardage as the last hole and hit my LW to about 10 feet. I would miss that putt every time. I hit the putt beautifully, but it just never moved. Par is a good score though.
11. Great par four here. The wind is almost always down and off the right which gives me the green light to SEND IT! Hit a good one there today and left myself with 147 hole. The wind wasn’t blowing hard enough to fly my PW on top of the slope that the pin was on so I decided to hit a chippy cut 9. It came off so well, but it landed right into the slope and rolled back down to 30 feet. No worries though because I two putted it.
12. Yesterday, when I played this hole I could feel things going in the wrong direction, so I played conservatively off the tee. Today, was a different story. I sent a three down there around the corner and hit a 56 degree wedge from about 114 to and inch. The Golf Channel started following us on hole 10 so hopefully you guys got to see all these shots I am talking about, but once again, I am not sure how this one doesn’t go in. Birdies. Boom.
13. Really tough par three. Would take par all 4 days. Hit my 5 iron in the middle of the green but raced my 35 footer about 7 feet by the hole. I had been grinding all day on par putts, but was able to get that in the hole as well.
14. Tough driving hole but if you get it in the fairway you can make birdie. I hit a great cut driver that left me with about 133. The green starts to slope away from you about 15-18 paces from the back so I tried to smoke a 52 degree wedge in there. I got the bounce I was looking for and left myself with about 4 feet for birdie. Boom. Birdie.
15. Drivable par 4. You are better off smoking 3 wood up there in the bunkers or just short because long is death. Today the pin was tucked just over the bunkers and my ball ran right up the shoot to about 10 feet. I hit a great putt but it hung on the edge and didn’t fall. Sad face. I like tap in birdies though, so I moved on to the par 5 16th.
16. Dropped another bomb off the tee. Only had about 184 front and 192 hole. For some reason the fairways are somewhat wet this week. It hasn’t rained in a while here so they have been watering them so that the ball doesn’t run out and the course plays longer. Understandable, but not so much when you are hitting the fairways and getting mud balls. Had the worst one of the week in the fairway. The mud was on the right side of the ball so I aimed at the middle of the green and tried to hit a cut to offset the mud. It came off left and drawing. It wound up over the green in the rough, but I hit a great chip to about 6 feet. I missed it on the low side. WOW, THAT WAS FRUSTRATING. Hey, play better.
17. Cute little par 3. Only had 127 but the wind was just a little into which made me pull the PW instead of the 52. I hit a lovely little chippy cut in there to about 15 feet and hit a great putt, but it just didn’t find the bottom. No worries; tap in par.
18. Hit a good drive down the right side setting me up with a perfect full PW to the flag. I had 147 and tried to drive one in there to the back left flag and was able to get it to about 8 feet. Everyone in the group hit it in there and Mark Anderson made his first, which always puts more pressure on your to make it. I don’t want to be the only guy not to make birdie on the hole! I rose to the occasion. It is always so nice to finish with a birdie.
That finished off my 3rd no bogey -8 of the year. Hopefully I can put together another bogey free round tomorrow and get right in it come Sunday! God is good and He deserves all the glory for what is going on. So thankful for what he is doing in our lives. I hope that this will give us some perspective when things get tough, because God is still good then as well.