I went into the week with very high expectations after the way I played at Sawgrass, so to miss the cut was really very disappointing. I was thinking about getting myself into contention, not whether I would be playing golf at the weekend or not.
Looking back on what went wrong, I can see that my expectations were sky high after the previous week and I allowed it to affect me. Having spent a lot of time working on my putting at Sawgrass and then at Wells Fargo, I was assuming that I was going to go out and play the way I did at the Players and then putt well too, but when I wasn't hitting it as well I was getting a bit frustrated. My first round of 70 wasn't a bad round but I didn't play as well as I had expected. However, I did putt well and so again I was thinking that I would go out on Friday and do both well.
When going out on Friday at two under, I was only thinking of moving up the leaderboard, however I let my start get to me. I started on the 10th and hit two great shots right down the pin, but a bad bounce meant that I was short sided and I didn't get it up and down. Then I three putted the 12th for a bogey - my second shot came up short and left me with a long first putt which I left well short. The final straw though was when I missed from 2 feet for birdie on the 14th. Being one over after five holes was the worst I could have been as I had played the holes well. I definitely let the start affect me for the rest of my round and ultimately cost me making the cut.
Normally a start like I had on Friday doesn't affect me, but a combination of the start and my high expectations caused me to get frustrated and miss the cut. I know it now and will be aware of it going forward as it is something that I will have to watch out for when I am hitting the ball as well as I am at the moment.
I stayed for the weekend, did some practice and watched Rory put on a great exhibition. His round on Saturday was phenomenal, it is hard to see how he shot 11 under on that course.
I am playing in the BMW PGA Championship this coming week. I have out the disappointment of last week behind me and look forward to improving on my record around Wentworth.
This week I am in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship. I have played here many times now and have had some good weeks and also some poor ones. The one that sticks in my mind was the year I was brought back out to the 12th tee to find my divot, as someone thought that I had teed up in front of the markers. I remember that we were looking at it in between the second last and the last group - it's funny looking back on it now but at the time it wasn't!
After my play last week I haven't done much practice at all, as I can't hit it any better than I did. I played an outing on Monday for St Andrews University and then on Tuesday I spent a few hours putting and chipping, but no full shots. On Wednesday I played the pro-am and then spent about an hour practicing my putting before calling it a day. My game on Monday was very similar to last week - it's funny how stress free golf can be when you are hitting the fairways and greens! In the pro-am I played nicely for most of it, although there were a few loose shots but they were more down to a bit of tiredness rather than anything else.
I am feeling good about my game after what I saw last week. It has given me a lot of confidence to hit the ball as I did, now I just need to get my putting back. With this in mind I have spent a lot of time working on it on the practice green. I have been going around the clock from 3, 4, 5 and 6 feet, hitting 10 putts from each point. I just want to get into the habit of seeing the ball go in and not thinking about what I am doing. It has been good in practice and was very good in the pro-am, so I am excited to see how it is in the tournament.
I like this course a lot as it is a good solid test. It suits good ball strikers as there are plenty of holes where it is important to hit a good tee shot and then follow with a good iron shot. It is always set up very well and in fact they have improved it this year by cleaning out the rough under the trees and putting in pine straw. It looks and plays much better.
I am paired with Kevin Streelman and Scott Brown for the first two rounds; we are early Thursday and late Friday. I am looking forward to playing as I am feeling good about my game and if I can hit it like I did last week then I hope to contend.