What a tough track. I had a very tough day out there today. Teeing off at 7.50 it was about 10-12 degrees and raining. Not fun particularly on a course like this with fairways 20yards wide and brutal rough and greens. I had a disappointing day shooting 11 over after turning 4 over. It was such a battle out there with any missed fairways basically meaning a wedge out as the rough was so heavy due to the rain. I drove it poorly today too so that made things worse. At the end of the day I was beginning to ask myself questions of "am I good enough to be out here and why am I out here?" I didn't have the answers to those questions until late in the day when checking the scores I saw that Ryo Ishikawa ranked 51 in the world shot 12 over. The course is brutal and combined with the weather today and the pin locations, with only a handful of players left on course to complete their rounds, there are 3....yes 3 players under par in the entire field, with the low score being 3 under. Incredible.
So although I had a tough day I must remain positive and look to learn from a day like today. Mentally I am struggling a bit but have just chatted to my coach for an hour or so and he has helped me to put things into perspective. Although I am wanting to achieve right now and am working hard at my game, reality says that it is a long distance race to become a better player not a sprint. I know I want the results now and by not getting them it puts more pressure on me to perform, but I am going to remain patient and continue to learn, bank knowledge and improve in the coming weeks. I have had a tough start to tour life, life away from family and friends on the other side of the world, enduring earthquakes, bad weather, poor golf and difficult courses. What it has done though is steel my resolve to make it and be competitive out here. I may not be enjoying it at the moment, and let's face it no one enjoys failing at what they are trying to achieve. Champions however are born out of turning failures into motivation and learning experiences with the hunger and burning desire to do better next time and overcome the hurdles life throws you.
Nobody said this was going to be easy....time to work harder!!
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