Missing the cut in Memphis has a double disappointment for me. Firstly, you never like missing cuts, but also it was my last chance to qualify for the U.S. Open. It is now that I really feeling the pain of the bogey on my last hole in the qualifying event at Walton Heath a couple of weeks ago.
Last week was a struggle for me. I wasn't confident on where the ball was starting and so it made taking on shots difficult. I drove the ball poorly for the two rounds and on that course it is important to be coming off the fairway as it is extremely hard to control the ball from the rough.
It will be tough watching the U.S. Open on TV. I've never seen it but from what I hear it sounds like one that I would really like and could have suited me.
However, I am not playing and so I am having a week off. I will do some practice, play a couple of games and get myself ready for the Travelers Championship the week after the U.S. Open.
This week I am in Memphis for the FedEx St Jude Classic. I have played here many times now and have had mixed results over the years. I have had a couple of chances to win, but this year I need to win to make it into the U.S. Open next week - any other position and I will be having a week off.
I travelled on Monday, then on Tuesday I played 12 holes and did some work on the range with my coach, Pete Cowen. I was off last week so it was good to see him and make sure everything was in order. On Wednesday I played the pro-am and then did some more work with Pete after it. I was struggling to draw the ball, so we spent some time working on it and by the end of the session it was a lot better.
The course is in good shape with the greens in really great condition. They are seriously fast downhill, but the fairways are not as fast as they used to be as they changed the grass a few years ago and as a result the course plays significantly longer. There is a big premium on hitting fairways, from where it is possible to score, but if you are coming from the rough it is a really tough course. As I said earlier I need to win here to qualify for the U.S. Open, but know that if I can get myself into contention on Sunday afternoon then I have a great chance to finish it off. The toughest thing is getting there on Sunday with 9 holes to play.
I am playing late on Thursday and early Friday, with Billy Horschel and Webb Simpson.