So, obviously that is the extremely encouraging part of the story. I made my first bogey of the qualifier on the 21st hole, and, despite feeling great both mentally and physically, I did struggle over the next twelve holes. I really made only two swings all day that I wish I could have back, but in the 13-hole stretch from number three through number 15 in the afternoon, I made five bogeys and no birdies. Actually, I didn't birdie number 16 or 17 either, but knowing that I needed birdies coming in, I gave myself fantastic chances on each of the final three holes. After two great shots on the watery par-5 18th, I nearly chipped in for eagle and made a birdie to get back to five under par for the 36-hole qualifier. It seemed at first like that might be good enough for a playoff, but in the end, it came up one shot short. It is hard to swallow playing so well and not finishing the job, but Monday proved to me that I am ready to play great golf again.
Though I will not be playing in the US Open this summer, I certainly have a lot for which to play over the next few months. And the great news? I am ready to play the best golf of my life!
I am in Memphis this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind. After seeing this course for the first time on Saturday morning, and playing a full practice round yesterday afternoon, I can already say that it is one of my absolute favorite courses on the PGA Tour. I am ready to have a great week!
My last five days have been all about preparing for and recovering from the 36-hole marathon of U.S. Open qualifying, so I have not been staying on top of my normal fitness or practice regimen, but I am ready to get back to work. I feel energized, motivated, and ready to go! It's going to be a great week in Memphis! Keep it here for updates and good news. Thank you for keeping up with me and believing.