Champions Tour Qualifying stage 1, round 3, Houston Texas.
Perfect conditions today. 75 degrees, no wind and sunshine. The course is still very wet, but the greens are dry and even faster than the first two rounds.
It is very rare we putt on greens with such great speed. On top of the speed, they are very hard to read. The grain plays such a big impact on how the ball breaks and I really have a tough time seeing the right break and the right amount of break.
My putter kept me in the game today. I putted well, mostly on the last 12 holes. Had a lot of good putts and made all the putts coming back. Tough day for me though. I didn't swing the club well all day. I struggled to get any distance on the driver, and kept hitting a little fade. This meant longer clubs in to the greens and I wasn't so accurate today with my iron shots.
My putter and short game saved me all day. I chipped in on the first hole from 30 yards for birdie and had lots of good up and downs all day. As the round progressed my swing fell to pieces and I was extremely happy to make pars on 17 and 18, having 5 irons in to both par fours. I lost my rhythm totally and didn't get good contact with the ball. I am very happy with one over par 72 today and I have moved in to tied 14th. We are playing for 16 spots and two alternate spots.
I will focus on a sub par round tomorrow. I hit a lot of balls this afternoon, with only one thing in mind, RHYTHM. The only way I can play well tomorrow is getting my good rhythm back. I got it back on the range today and it felt fantastic. I look forward to tomorrow and feel prepared for the battle. I am out with two good friends from the European Senior Tour, Mark Mouland and Santiago Luna at 9:10.
Scores and teetimes: http://www.pgatour.com/champions/news/2015/11/15/texas-regional-round-on...
Lots of smiles from Houston.