McLachlin's good deed
Friday, August 7, 2009
Parker McLachlin started his title defense at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open by doing a good deed for the community where he earned his first PGA Tour victory, visiting the Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno on Tuesday. Now he’s playing well after an otherwise dismal season.
McLachlin has missed 12 or 19 cuts this year, and hasn’t finished better than T-17. He had a five-month stretch from February to July where he missed 11 of 13 cuts and had a 73.9 scoring average.
McLachlin is starting to see the upside of swing changes made under the tutelage of coach Sean Foley, who also works with Sean O’Hair, Hunter Mahan, Stephen Ames and Trevor Immleman. McLachlin has made his past two cuts and started this week 69-69.
He was convinced to overhaul his action after hitting just four greens in Reno’s final round last year. He has the luxury to experiment because of the two-year exemption that comes with victory.
“Fortunately, I had a six-shot lead (last year). And my short game was pretty good, or else I may have lost the lead last year as well,” McLachlin said. “But ... it said, ‘You've got to make the change.’ ... If my swing’s going to hold up like this when I’m in contention ..., it's not fun.
“I knew there had to be a better way, a more efficient way to swing the golf club. And so basically the day after this tournament ended was when I started looking for someone who could build a golf swing for me that would help get me in the top 50 in the world.”