After two weeks that truly were great fun for me, I don’t have a whole lot of good news to report results-wise. The Valero Texas Open in San Antonio is definitely one of my favorite stops of the year, but unfortunately I didn’t play very well so my week there was cut short. Then, I played the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for the first time since 2014. Brand new for this year, the event featured a team format. I paired up with one of my closest friends, Mark Wilson, and despite having an absolute blast, Mark and I had a tough start and couldn’t quite play well enough to recover. So, I’m heading home early from New Orleans, too.
It stinks to miss cuts and to not be competing on weekends. I’m really sick of it, but I am still proud of the effort that I’ve been putting in and am confident that my hard work will bear results.
I’m not really sure which variables will play the biggest role in helping me to get things turned around, but I do have some definite areas in which I need to improve. First of all, I need to regain my swagger on the greens. It’s not just that I haven’t had any great putting weeks lately; I’ve actually been putting poorly. My putting practice has been going okay, but I’m never feeling great over my putts right now. I know that I am brilliant with a putter in my hands. Through smart practice and a free mindset, I can release that brilliance again and do so consistently. Next, I need to be much more consistent with my wedges. I have weeks when I feel okay about my wedge play (Hilton Head), but then I also have weeks where my wedge play is atrocious (Texas Open). Even at my worst, I need to be an above-average wedge player, and I know that I can be through disciplined practice and smart execution. Finally, I need to clear my mind to compete more freely. I am currently feeling a lot of stress, pressure, and anxiety when I’m on the course because I feel desperate for better results. I know I play my best golf when I feel freedom, and I also know that I can choose that feeling. It is very difficult for me right now, but I can choose to feel free, and I am progressing toward doing it.
Finding excellence in these three areas is not a far-fetched task for me. I can do it. I’ve been excellent in these areas before, and I will be again.
I’m definitely disappointed, frustrated, and even sad about my results lately. But all I can do with the past is learn from it, and I feel like I’m ready to do that. I am excited to keep going and keep growing. I have incredible opportunities ahead, and I’m ready to seize them! I’m still living my dream, and I still have the best job in the world. I’m ready to do it well.
Thank you for believing in me and following my journey. Keep it here for great news moving forward!