Well I am two days down in the Final Stage of Aussie Q School. The most exciting part of that is that I am 2 days away from HOLIDAYS!!! I am in Melbourne this week at Peninsula Golf Club playing the north course for 4 days. There is 36 holes at this facility with the North course being the better of the two.
The weather has been a little strange for the first two days, overcast and quite cool in the mornings before the cloud finally burning off mid morning to nice sunny days. This morning though, I was amazed that a week out from Christmas in the Aussie Summer, I was wearing a jumper and actually cool in that! To put that into perspective at how crazy the weather is here in Melbourne, tomorrow is predicted to get to 40 degrees!!
I was very rusty yesterday in both my actual game and also my mental game. I was sloppy and it certainly showed that I had barely touched a club since I finished in Japan last Tuesday. I shot 1 over which wasn't too bad considering I was 3 over through the first 5 holes. Today didn't start a whole lot better, 3 putts on the first green to start with a bogey. I know all too well by now that the old bogey on the first routine often leads to good rounds so I was not stressed at all. In fact I have been very relaxed for two days as it is kind of a "free hit" for me this week. I already have some status on tour for next year here in Aus and so this week is all about trying to improve that status. If I am able to finish anywhere inside the top 25 here I will improve my position.
The round today did turn around with 5 birdies coming by the end of the day and no more bogies meaning a 4 under par 68 for the day. It certainly could have been a little better had I made a couple of putts, I am putting well but the greens are tough to read and have very subtle breaks in them. I think I will be reasonably place in the scheme of things but am 10 behind the leader. I played with him and he is 13 under for two days. He has played great, holed putts and has holed 3 lob wedge shots from about 50-60m in two days. I dare say his amateur days are nearly behind him. Holing 3 shots from the fairway in two days is unbelievable!! My 4 under today was a good score but it honestly felt like I had over par when he shot 8 under with 2 of those hole outs today!! Good luck to him, he was a great young guy.
I look forward to hopefully getting that top 25 finish and can't wait to start some much needed time off after such an intense end to the year. Hop
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