Perfect weather for day 2 today which was amazing considering the weather yesterday and that it howled all night long. Anyway I wasn't complaining as yesterday was extremely draining.
Today was a day of mixed emotions. The positives were that I played really well again and for the first time in my career I have made a cut in one of these big tournaments. Yes!! Very exciting and I definitely feel like I have finally kicked that monkey off my back and that this week will really help me moving forward to "know" I can do it and "know" I belong on the international golf stage. For a decent period today I even lead the tournament as I played a really solid front nine and turned in 3 under, which actually could have been 2 or 3 shots better had I made a couple of good chances I missed. I found the greens really difficult to putt on this morning, my speed was a little off and I spent most of the day cleaning up from putts that had poor speed.
After the turn I missed another good chance on 10 before my first bogie of the day on 11, but bounced back with 2 birdies in the next two holes. My birdie on 13 was by far my best of the week with a great 3 iron high fade into the par 5 after being in trouble off the tee. I hit it to around 12 foot and holed a very fast curling putt. At that point I was going well, 4 under for the day and 6 for the tournament. Anyone who has played golf will know that it can jump up and bite you at any time, and on the next hole I made a nasty 6 on a par 3. It is honestly so deflating, having worked so hard all day to get to 4 under and then in the blink of an eye to give 3 shots straight back.
I have been really working on my mental game in the past couple of months with Kev and it showed today as I was able to shrug off the triple bogie and just move on to the next hole and shot. A solid par down the next but a bogie on the following hole meant all the shots I had made up were gone. Solid mental attitude helped me to make two good pars on the final two holes with two good par putts dropping. So there you see my reason for mixed emotions, yes I made the cut in a big tournament which is a first but yes I dropped 4 shots in 2 holes to lose close touch with the leaders.
With the leaders 6 shots in front I will need to move on "moving day" tomorrow to have a crack at it on Sunday. I am pumped and feel really relaxed that I am playing the weekend and can just go out and go nuts!! For the record I still have my nose in front of KJ Choi who is on even par after 2 days. For those of you sending a few prayers my way, thank you and keep praying and for those of you not......start!!! I hope to repor
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