Another missed cut brings my opening run of tournaments to an end. Missing at PGA National was disappointing as I know that anyone making the cut has a chance in this event. I did the damage in my opening couple of holes when a bogey / double-bogey start made things very tough for me. When you drop shots there it is hard to get them back, especially when you go over par. However, I battled away on day one to finish with a round of two over par, but the scoring was good and it left me needing to shoot two under to make the cut.
After playing I did some practice, which was probably the first bit of practice I have done during an event this year. I worked on a few things and by the end of it I was hitting the ball much better. It was a combination of physical and mental practice with Bob Rotella - we worked on my routine and also on my technique. I was hitting shots using an old drill of mine, where I step with my left foot and then hit, which made a big difference to my strike.
On Friday I hit the ball the best I have in the five weeks. I played using the step drill and added in some waggles into my routine. I would have to say if I hit the ball as I did Friday for the rest of my life I would be very happy. The problem I had on Friday was an age old one for me - anytime I spend a lot of time practicing the evening before a round I tend to hit the ball well but lose my scoring ability and I misjudged a number of chip shots and putts. The score I shot was the worst possible score I could have shot the way I struck the ball.
The frustrating thing for me now is that I am not sure what awaits me. I am on holidays with my family this week and then when I get home I will get my neck looked at again and make the decision as to having an operation or not. Everything is up in the air for the next week or so. The really frustrating thing for me is that I hit the ball great on Friday and know that it is a case of working on my wedges and short game to improve my scoring, but for the moment I can't do anything.
It's a waiting game for the moment and a case of keeping my fingers crossed that there will be an enough of an improvement to mean no operation is needed.
This week I am back in West Palm Beach for the Honda Classic. It's at the PGA National again, where I won two years ago. This part of the world has been good to me as I have two Honda Classic wins here, at different venues.
I arrived on Monday night from LA. It was great to get to Florida as Caroline and the lads have been here since Saturday and after four weeks away it was really nice to see them.
On Tuesday I had a number of media commitments, after which I spent a bit of time putting but no full shots as I'm doing my best to rest my neck as much as possible.
On Wednesday I played the morning pro am - I was happy to get out and play so as to see the course and how I was hitting it and things felt good in that respect. The course hasn't changed since last year, but it was still nice to get a feel for the greens and how the ball reacts from the rough. We got lucky as a storm came in when we were on our last hole and play was called off for the day - thankfully I was the morning wave or else I wouldn't have got out.
I'm playing early in the first round with Adam Scott and Justin Thomas. I'm looking forward to getting going as I have good memories around this course and it's a great group as the two lads are really good fellas.