Rookie diary: Revving up for TPC Scottsdale

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Feb. 23, 2010

Last week was an interesting week for me. As I said in my last diary, I was looking forward to going to Mexico to play at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

My game was improving, and I would be playing on a type of course I am used to playing back in Florida. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw before the first round. My wrist was bothering me, and I had to take the week off. I wound up getting a shot to reduce the inflammation in my wrist.

I can’t remember when the last time I had to withdraw from a tournament. Like everybody else, I have played in tournaments when I didn’t feel 100 percent - whether it was due to an injury or being sick. Regardless, I was disappointed that I was not able to give it a go. Many veterans have given me some words of advice. “It’s a marathon out here, not a sprint. The year is really long, and your career is even longer,” they’ve said. The right thing for me to do was to WD.

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I was disappointed to have to WD, but I was looking forward to going home for a few days. I have not been back to my condo since Jan. 6, the day I left for Hawaii. I was especially looking forward to driving my car, my new BMW M3. Since I was gone, I have been having my fiancee’s grandfather, John, drive it for me. He has been racking up the miles. I asked him to do that so that it can be taken for its 1,200-mile service. Once I put 1,200 miles on it, I can really start ripping it! He kept it very clean, washed and waxed it several times and also bought me a cover for the car that I could use when it is sitting for a period of time. Thank you once again, John.

This week, I am going to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. I have heard tremendous things about the event and the course. I am excited about playing the par-3 16th hole. I’ve heard it’s like nothing I have ever experienced.

I’m sure everybody has heard announcers talk about the reshuffle and how this player who is highly ranked will fall significantly or vice-versa. It may seem complicated from the outside, but it’s fairly simple. The reshuffle is something that happens four times a year. The reshuffle involves all players who earned their PGA Tour card from last year’s Nationwide Tour or Q-School.

Everybody is given a number to start the year. It is based on where you finished at Q-School or on the Nationwide Tour money list, and it alternates all the way down between the Nationwide Tour money list and Q-School. The first reshuffle will happen after the Phoenix Open, and the three successive times. The reshuffle is based on how much money a player has earned for the year.

Bottom line: Play well and make money. I try not to worry about the reshuffle, but as a rookie, it is something that is constantly crossing my mind.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope everyone has an exciting week. I know I will. Thanks to everyone who has been reading my diary. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.