Rookie diary: Feeling fresh in Puerto Rico
Usually playing tournament golf seven out of eight weeks, and spending eight weeks and counting on the road would be very tiring. But I feel fairly fresh and still ready to play some great golf. Last week at the Honda was a good week other than some poor golf. My parents, 5-year-old yellow lab, Avery, and my girlfriend came down for a break from the winter weather in Ohio. It was nice to have their support (other than the dog who would rather swim in lakes).
There are five events before the next reshuffle, including Bay Hill. For those of us not invited to Bay Hill, that leaves only four events, one of which is this week in Puerto Rico. We flew down this morning and got in a solid afternoon of practice at the Trump International Golf Club. I am somewhat familiar with Puerto Rico and the San Juan area after having played a college tournament here each of the four years in school. It was always the first event of the spring season in February, which was interesting for the Northwestern team coming out of Chicago winters. Were always respectable, but not as competitive as the team played this year. This year my alma mater finished fourth while beating many of the college golf powerhouses, including Georgia Tech, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Great playing, 'Cats!
Wilson’s Rookie Diary
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After the Puerto Rico Open this week my schedule is as follows: I’m the fifth alternate in Tampa (hopefully I will get in because of the short reshuffle and great play this week) and then finally home for the first time since Jan. 3!
The thing I am most excited about is reorganizing all my luggage and doing a better job of repacking next time (along with picking up my new car). I definitely made a few mistakes in packing my first time around and have paid the price with two bags over 50 pounds every week. During my week off I will most likely recharge the batteries for a few days then begin to hit some balls at home before the Shell Houston Open.
My game feels great right now and I am definitely seeing some improvements. All I need to do is ingrain the changes and allow them to unfold on the golf course. Time for dinner and rest. Here’s to a great week!