Rookie diary: Adjusting to life on Tour

Rookie diary: Adjusting to life on Tour


Rookie diary: Adjusting to life on Tour

Editor’s note: Chris Wilson shot 72-78 at the Farmers Insurance Open to miss his second cut in three starts. For the year, Wilson has won $11,600 and is 135th on the PGA Tour money list. Wilson did not get in the Northern Trust Open, so he has an off week after playing three consecutive events.

Feb. 1, 2010

Not a great week at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. After a nice dinner with my college coach from Northwestern, Pat Goss, and the Habigs, who housed me for the week, I arrived in Redondo Beach Saturday night. I am staying with a grade-school friend who I haven’t seen in five years while preparing for The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

I have not played great golf the first few weeks on Tour. There is definitely an adjustment period when going from mini-tours to the PGA Tour. I’ve been pleased with the way I’ve handled some of the adversity the first few weeks, and how I’ve been able to focus on getting a little bit better each week. I haven’t allowed results to get me down.

The biggest difference between the Tour and the mini-tours is the number of golf courses we have to learn, and the few days we have to learn them. Most people probably don’t think this is a huge deal, but it is.

For example, the Bob Hope used four different courses and started on a Wednesday. That left us with two days to learn four different courses. Unfortunately, this year the tournament went to Monday, which took a day away from the players going to San Diego.

After a half-day of travel, I got out to Torrey Pines early Tuesday and played the South Course. The event had two different courses and the pro-am for the week was on Wednesday, so both courses were closed to play.

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All we could do was walk the North Course and take notes while dodging flying balls from the pro-am. For my next event at Pebble Beach, we have three different courses to learn in three days, and must schedule our practice rounds around pro-ams.

As you can see, there is a lot of cramming into a short amount of time. This all being said, it is a great problem to have because nothing beats being on the PGA Tour!

My golf game is undoubtedly good enough to play on this level and I am looking forward to continually improving this year and having lots of fun contending.


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