After six weeks away from home I am delighted to be back, this has been my longest run away from home since my second year on tour when I was gone for ten weeks. I came back from my holiday after the PGA looking forward to the Play-off events but now I am home I can see that it was just asking too much for me to perform in the events. My game has been fine and I am more than happy with my swing it has just been mental lapses that have been causing my problems in the last three weeks. I can see now I am home and relaxing that I am in need of a break, these few days at home will do me a lot of good.
I went to the BMW after missing the two previous cuts which meant that I was in need of a very good week to make it into the Tour Championship. At the start of the play-offs I looked like a certainty for the final event but after missing the two cuts I was outside of the top 30 and struggling to get in. My performance in the BMW championship was very similar to the previous two weeks; I hit the ball fine but just couldn’t make anything happen and ended up finishing in a tie for 55th. It wasn’t the week that I was looking for but there was nothing I could do about it as I just didn’t have anything left in the tank. Rounds of 69, 71, 72 and 71 wouldn’t have been too bad if the course had played the same as it did in practise on Tuesday but Thursday was rained off and six inches of rain fell. The course never really dried out so it made it much easier for scoring; the important thing was that you had to be coming off the fairway. My total of three over for the tournament could have been a solid week if the course had stayed hard and firm but then I don’t think I would have managed these scores if it had.
Over the four rounds I made a grand total of eight birdies, 66 players made more than me! Considering the way the course was playing this was a particularly poor return, especially as I made six over for the first two rounds. My only birdie on Saturday came from a two putt, I hit my second shot onto the 8th hole and then two putted. These are all tell tale signs for me that I need a break, physically I remain the same but mentally I get drained. The fact that I remain physically fine is great but it means that I tend to think that everything is ok and then it only shows up when I get into the tournament. I can see it after I finish, as I tend to have been trying too hard and getting a bit hard on myself. These last four weeks were exactly like that; frustrating and getting a little annoyed with myself. By the time I finished on Sunday I was ready to put the clubs away for a few days and take it easy, the final round was equally frustrating for me as I hit fine but just wasn’t able to make anything happen and as a result I was getting more and more frustrated.
The BMW and the previous two weeks was all a bit of a wash out for me, I was really too tired to perform well so I am finished in the Fed Ex Cup. I am home now for a few days rest before I head back to the states for the Ryder Cup. I am taking it very easy for the week to make sure that I am fully rested for Valhalla. I won’t be playing in the Tour Championship due to my poor play; a lot of people have said to me that this is not right but I actually think it is, I didn’t perform well enough in the last three events to deserve to be in the Tour Championship. The whole idea of play-offs is to have people missing out and some other players that wouldn’t normally be involved having a chance to win. In this sense I think the play-offs were a success; I personally would change the weighting of the tournaments so that there can be more volatility.
For the moment it is all about taking it easy and doing nothing for me but I am looking forward to the Ryder Cup.
Hope you can make it to Valhalla!