Hello, everyone! I hope everyone’s week has started off well. My Monday has consisted of a 4:30 am alarm, a 5 hour flight + a 1 hour flight, watching my suitcase tumble down a flight of stairs into a lawn sprinkler, and finally a few hours at a coffee shop in Portland doing a little planning and relaxing. Much needed!
*Stellar practice round group if I may say so myself.
I know it’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my best week of the year in Toledo. Since then I have been on the open road, as in the Scottish, British, and Canadian Opens. I enjoyed my time in Scotland very much actually, even though the golf was a bit dreary. We played the British Open one town away from St. Andrews so for the first time in my life I got to go to St. Andrews, the home of golf. It’s a tough place to describe, but when I turned the corner and saw people coming up the 18th with a perfect sunset in the background I was quite speechless. I could have stood there all day. It was an incredibly special place. I may not have played like I wanted, but I know that memory will stay with me for a long time.
*No caption needed!
I almost always write about something I have “learned” so of course I learned something this time, too. 🙂 Perhaps one of my most valuable lessons that has taken me three years and unfortunately the “hard way” to learn. I believe there are two theories to scheduling on tour:
1) You take weeks off so you can play better in the weeks you do play (quality over quantity)
2) You earn weeks off.
*The Old Course
I have always been in the latter camp. If I play well early in the year, I’ll afford myself an extra week off in the long summer stretch. Unfortunately, the past two years I didn’t feel that I had played well enough so I played intense summer stretches (8 in a row this year!). So, here I am at the British Open, my 8th week in a row, and standing somewhere on the back nine on Thursday I think I put myself in the “quality over quantity” camp for the rest of my career. I had always thought that if I could physically do it (no injuries from playing too much) then I could play as many as I wanted. I never to much stock in the fact that I would be mentally and emotionally checked out after 8 events. After all, I played 8 events and made 4 cuts, why not play 6 events and maybe make 6 cuts! My pledge for next year: more weeks off, even if I don’t feel I “earned” them.
*We are ready for footballs season 😉
I will play Portland this week, Indianapolis next week, followed by our 5th and final major in France. Only three events left before the Asian swing, thats hard to believe. I think I am posting more pictures than text, which I know will make many of you happy. 😉
Enjoy your week!
*When there are stairs in the bunker its never a good sign.
*Cold and rainy, but quite beautiful, Scotland.
*On our way to the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland.
*Getting to see Elin on my off weeks always makes them better!! Go watch her play in Sioux Falls this week!
*This kid knows how to make some money in Scotland.
*Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute. Home of the royal family of Scotland (at least that is what I gathered from our tour. ha!)