Rookie diary: My wild ride at Pebble Beach
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
(Editor’s note: Chris Wilson is 135th on the PGA Tour money list with $25,548. Wilson tied for 56th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to earn $13,888. He is in the field this week at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.)
Feb. 17, 2010
Pebble Beach was awesome! I had such an amazing time there last week.
The whole area has such a charm about it and rich history in golf, which I think is cool. I am currently reading “The Match,” a book about a famous four-ball match between Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson and amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi that took place at Cypress Point many years back when the AT&T was the Bing Crosby. Highly recommended.
Traveling to Cancun for the Mayakoba Golf Classic was not as entertaining. My caddie and I made the six-hour drive to Los Angeles Sunday night and flew together to Cancun on Monday morning. This is where the real fun began.
My golf travel bag was somehow lost on a direct flight from LAX to Cancun. All my clubs, balls, shoes, rain gear, yardage laser, credentials and toiletries were in the bag. Now that is inconvenient!
Wilson’s Rookie Diary
Ever wonder what life is like for a PGA Tour rookie? Well, Chris Wilson is here to tell you. Wilson, 25, will file a weekly diary on Golfweek.com to give you an insider’s view of the PGA Tour. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/TheRealCWilSon.
Luckily, the great guys at Cleveland Golf helped me scrounge up extra clubs to piece together a set for my practice round, only to find out later that my bag was found (not stolen like everyone thought) and waiting at the hotel for me.
All of this came after an up-and-down week at Pebble Beach.
Round 1 last week at Spyglass was one of the more interesting rounds I can remember playing. I hit three greens and had 21 putts to shoot an even-par 72. Needless to say my short game was really great that day. Round 2 at Pebble was really cool because the crowds began to grow heading into the weekend.
Once again it was a very up and down, and back up again, round. I started out sort of slow, shooting 1 over on the front nine, again missing greens and scrambling like crazy to stay within shouting distance of the cut line.
I mentioned on Twitter that in-round adjustments are one of the most important skills a player can have. The ability and courage to change something in your swing, putting stroke, or whatever is giving you trouble during the round, while still focusing on the primary task at hand, which is shooting low scores, is key. Rarely have I ever heard people talk about making in-round adjustments, but trust me, all great players have the ability to do these things, while still focusing on scoring and not getting mechanical.
My adjustment was a slight move in my takeaway that I had worked on during the Bob Hope. Clearly it worked, and my putter stayed hot as I missed two 8-footers and still shot 30 on the back nine to finish at 67 for the day and tie a record for the lowest back nine in competition at Pebble Beach!
Round 3 was again a little up and down, but ended with me holing a 30-yard bunker shot to make the cut with a shot to spare. Not sure why I like to hole out to make cuts, but it’s the score that matters in the end. I am now 2-for-2 on holing out to make cuts, might be a record too if they kept such ridiculous ones. (Editor’s note: Wilson holed a 7-iron for an eagle 2 on his final hole at the Bob Hope to make the cut with a shot to spare.)
The AT&T was made even more special because my girlfriend flew out for the week for her first PGA Tour event. Lucky me and lucky her!
It has been an interesting and fun first few weeks on Tour, and I am suprisingly not that tired yet. However, I did just type this blog on an English-Spanish keyboard, and it did take about an hour to do, so I am tired for tonight. Thanks for reading!