I am back home for a week after missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship. I was hoping to be coming home after a good week in Charlotte but unfortunately it was another weekend off.
Having hurt my neck on Monday I took it easy during the practice days and it certainly helped in terms of the recovery. It was a still a little stiff on Thursday and Friday morning but after treatment it was fine. On Thursday I was out late and things were going along nicely for me for most of the day. I wouldn't say that I played great but I was scoring well. It was a windy afternoon and quite tricky at times as the wind swirls around in the trees. After an early bogey on the second hole I managed to get out in one under. Then birdies on the 10th and 15th got me to three under par and in a tie for seventh place. I made a nice par on the 16th after a poorish drive and when I stood on the 17th tee I was three under par, still in a tie for seventh and feeling good. I hit a good shot on the tough par three 17th, exactly where I was aiming, just right of the green, but the wind didn't move it, ending up about 30 feet from the hole and chipping. I hit a poor chip to the far edge of the green and then took three putts to get down for a double bogey. On the 18th I hit my drive into the right rough and from there I hit my second just short of the green. Again I hit a poor chip and ended up taking another bogey. To finish the day on level par was extremely disappointing as I had done so well for most of the round and the difference between finishing with two pars and two bogeys was huge. I went from being in the top ten to being on the cut line again. I just can't seem to get away from it.
Friday was a poor day. I bogeyed my fourth hole after a poor chip and then failed to birdie the 15th again due to another poor chip. The round didn't get any better and I ended up signing for a 78 to miss the cut by four shots.
I didn't play great on Thursday but managed to score well for most of the round, but then on Friday I played much the same, didn't score well and so ended up six over. The main problem was my short game again. Even though I hadn't hit the ball how I wanted, if I had chipped and putted decently I would have made the cut comfortably. Over the two rounds I hit several poor chips, some were difficult but there were a few straight-forward ones that I played very poorly, which is an area that I will be spending a lot of time on over the next week.
I will miss not playing in the Players Championship this coming week, as is always the case when not playing the events you are not exempt for. However a week at home will be enjoyable and then I am back out for the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas.
This week I am playing the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow CC in Charlotte. This is one of the best stops on the tour, the course is always in pristine condition and we are looked after exceptionally well - I don't think there is a player on tour that wouldn't agree that we are looked after like kings. I enjoy this week but have had mixed results - I have had a couple of top tens and then some missed cuts as well. I like the course and feel that it suits me, so I'm not sure why I haven't had better results.
I took it very easy on Monday; I didn't play just spent about two hours at the course doing some practice. I decided to try and spend less time on the range so that I am more mentally ready to play golf. I was happy with what I did on Monday and the good thing was that I left feeling that I could have done more as opposed to leaving feeling tired. On Monday evening I went to the gym and was using one of the machines there when a cable broke on me and I jarred my neck. I was lucky that I didn't do more damage to myself, but it was like my old neck injury. I had physio on it that evening and then each day since. I didn't play on Tuesday as I wanted to give it time to heal. Instead I walked around and hit some chips and putts; all the greens have been relaid since last year so I wanted to get out and get a feel for them.
On Wednesday I played the pro-am in the morning and then hit a few shots afterwards. I spent most of my time practising my putting and chipping. The good news was that my neck was fine in the pro-am and afterwards on the range. I could have stayed hitting balls all day but I know that there was no need to. Less is definitely better at the moment.
The course is in great condition as usual. Since last year they have relaid all the greens and changed the 16th hole, whilst they have also added some length to a few holes. The new greens have bedded in well and are quite firm, which will probably make the course play a little tougher as they are also quick.
I am feeling good about everything and looking forward to playing. I have kept my practice to a minimum, been resting and I am feeling good as a result of it. I am playing late/early this week with Trevor Immelman and Thor Bjorn Olsen, which is a nice draw.