After starting slowly in the first few holes I started to find the flow and rhythm of the routine and pre shot work I have been doing with Kevin. As I said yesterday I new I would hit some great shots and I knew I would hit some not so great shots. That was certainly the case. The front nine consisted of 2 birdies and 2 bogies, a mix of the good and the not so good. I was enjoying the challenge of the day though and really wanting to continue to work on my post shot reactions too. I had it spot on.
I played a very solid back nine holes hitting 7 of the 9 greens in regulation and having numerous good chances for birdie. Unfortunately I only made one of them though, although it was a fantastic birdie from a three wood out of a fairway bunker, one of the best shots I have ever hit. So if not for a bad lie on 17 and a shocker in the green side trap on 18 leaving me no chance to even hit the ball on the green, I would have been really happy with my day shooting under par but had to settle for 1 over and being placed tied 78th. Obviously a lot of work to be done and probably need to shoot 3 under tomorrow to be safe, making the cut for the weekend.
On a brighter note, Grant Gerhke made his professional caddying debut today, and was great. He did a great job for me in trying conditions, with his size he man handled my big staff bag and took everything in his stride. His only downfall for the day was that he dropped my golf ball when I threw it to him for cleaning on one hole. Not a sackable offence but certainly not something I like seeing happen. I love throwing the ball to my caddy and giving them some tough catches. Grant was good today but not perfect, maybe tomorrow!!!