This weeks tour event is just outside the city of Kobe which is on the outskirts of Osaka. We are playing the Kansai Open this week at a course called Rokko Country Club.
The course itself is a typical Japanese course set in the hills and with most greens sloping severely from back to front. This event is one of the smaller events on tour and it seems the course goes along with that theme. It is one of the shortest courses I have played in Japan.
The guys I played a practice round with yesterday were saying it seemed like 30 under par would win here. That is obviously an exaggeration but they were getting at the fact that it was a pretty easy layout. Today though the wind really got up and some of the holes were a lot more demanding especially the two longest par four that were back into the wind. The weather forecast this week isn't super so maybe their low scoring prediction might be reined in a little.
My week has been solid in the lead up, hitting the ball pretty well. That is fairly normal for me though, it is about transitioning that form into the tournament. I am making a significant change this week in that I am going to putt left handed. I know, it sounds strange but I have been practicing it for a month since Mac O'Grady suggested it at his golf symposium some 6-7 weeks ago.
This week I have started the ball rolling with a little video to try and show a little "Inside the tour" and will hopefully do a bit more of that to try and give you an even better feel about tournament golf.
Looking forward to the week and some low scores from me!! Catch you next time you check in!!