In Switzerland. Fun.
2011-08-24 Hey everyone!
Took a little but much needed break. Have practiced a little but felt like I had a long stretch of strong tournaments the last 6 out of 7 weeks.
But now it feels great to get at it again. Heading for Crans-Montana on Monday and it feels great to play again. The fall is going to be unreal looking at the schedule. I love the fall.
See you soon. Shortly this time.
At the airport now thinking back on one of the most memorable weeks in my life. If not the most. Seriously. This week was amazing. Although, I finished tied for 34th with scores of 70-72-68-72, plus 2 total, I am so excited and pleased with the tournament.
First of all, Atlanta Athletic Club is just the best course I've ever played. It's condition was perfect to begin with. I've never seen anything like it exept for my old home course in college at Oklahoma State, which not surprisingly happens to be in America where they take a lot of pride in doing things perfectly. I'm very happy to get to play in America on occasions.
The course started out brutal. Holes 1 through 4 are tougher than any other start of a golf course I've played. Then it eases off a bit with some birdie chances from holes 5 until 13. Although, if you happen to miss a shot or make a tactical misstake, you can easily screw up as much there as you can in the start. Then, comes the most demanding 5 holes in a row ever in golf I would think. Standing on the 14th tee you have to pull the right shots off, otherwise you are done.
I was 5 under par after the 13th on day one and finish even par that day. Hit some poor shots and all of a sudden all the shots were gone.
My game plan this week was to try to hit the fairways to all costs. Even if I had to hit a 2 iron out and I knew there was a bigger chance, I'd do it. The rough was not long but the bermuda style was very very tough to hit from. The fairway bunkers were probably even more penalizing becasue they had a lot of very soft sand which made the ball to sit down every time. Also, there was even more sand in the edges of all bunkers so no balls would run down to the flat parts of the bunkers. So, you got a lot of weird lies and stances. On the eight hole, we hit three wood of the tee to make sure if I hit the bunker it would stay in the first part of the bunkers where a driver would probably go further up in the bunker where there was more sand and more slope. I've never thought of these things before.
Hitting into the greens I also played very conservatively. Long was no good on any hole so we always tried to stay short of every long pin and also long of every shot pin. Since the greens were super fast and there was a lot of water around the greens. Bunker shots from the "wrong" side of the pins could be impossible to stop before going in to the water so playing conservatively to a lot of pins were neccessary.
It was all about hitting fairways and greens and hope to make a few long putts and take the chances with the wedges you had and the two par five holes on the course if you wanted to win this week.
I've learnt so much this week and I'm so happy I got to compete here. I love how the PGA and America in general put up golf tournaments. Even just playing practice rounds this week was a joy.
2011-08-13 Have had two fantastic days so far at Atlanta Athletic Club. Two over total, 70-72 and tied for 39th. Game was good today overall. Had a lot of chances.
I've never played a better course than this. It's so much fun to play and tough.
Just had a super big dinner to fuel up for tomorrow. It's humid and stupidly hot so eating and drinking is all you do out there to avoid getting a head ache.
Off at 10.30 tomorrow. Sleep now. Ciao.