The week has been a battle for the above reasons and although I have played well it seems like I have just simply not had the bounce of the ball go my way this week. I have made one putt over 10ft in the last 27 holes...just not good enough. I have felt as though I have been putting well too, just not getting the reads right. It is frustrating to not be in the mix going into the final day given how well I have hit the ball. I can only hope I am saving some of the putts until tomorrow to have a good final day and also saving a bunch for next week in Japan at Q School Finals.
The true highlight of the week this week has been the impressive crowds coming out to the golf. I can't remember playing a tournament with such great crowds. The crowds make it so much fun although when you aren't playing well it certainly gives you no where to hide. I commented to a couple of mates who had come out to watch today that as an accountant you never have to finish that financial report with 500 people watching on, watching your every move. That is the sport we play though however and it is a part of it that I need to embrace and love even more than I already do.
Tomorrow is the final round and I am tied 42nd and with a good final day on this course, anything under par really, I will definitely move in the right direction. I am already quite tired from the past two weeks, doing it on an extremely sore foot has certainly taken it out of me. The good news is that tomorrow is the final day and then I get to relax. I get to sit on a plane to Hong Kong flying at 10:30pm tomorrow night, then make my connection from Hong Kong to Japan where I drive 2 hrs to my hotel for a well earned rest. From there I embark on the two practice days and then the 6 round Q school tournament. I am certainly keen to have the year done especially with my foot the way it is. If it gets through the next 9 rounds I will be truly amazed. The beach at Noosa on the 14th of December can't come quick enough for me, although I also know that I have plenty of serious work to do too. That starts on the first tee tomorrow when I rip it down the first hole and set off to try and have the low score of the final round.
At this point I must also say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me the past two weeks but also all year. I have an awesome family back home, Rach and the kids are awesome. My extended family are nothing but support to me and I thank them for it. My friends and church family have been amazing too with many people sending messages of both encouragement and support. Then there are the complete strangers, it's kind of cool when people I don't know yell out from the gallery, send a message to me on Facebook or this website. I am far far far from where I want to be in this sport but I am grateful to all of you for being with me on the journey. I also thank God, he is my rock and saviour and I thank Him for my talents and ability to do what I do.
Look forward to bringing you some more stories from the toughest week of the year next week.....Q School!!