An extremely cold putter unfortunately led to a slight disappointment in Puerto Vallarta.
Last week I visited the third country in a matter of just four days, when I took the trip to Mexico. Having just come back from Denmark where I worked hard with my coach, I was really excited to see what the week would bring. The resort all of players were staying at was a great spot right on the water, so the trip also allowed for a few hours by the beach
The weather all days was really warm and sunny, but every afternoon around 2pm the wind came in, which made for a good challenge on the course. The large amount of water on the course added a bit to that challenge. I got to play two and a half rounds and practiced a lot on the three days leading up to the tournament, so I was feeling good and ready to get at it when Friday came around. I had an afternoon tee time on the first day, and with the hefty wind coming in, it was a little bit difficult to start off with. Despite the conditions I played well but unfortunately made some dumb mistakes. Those mistakes counted two bogyes on the front par fives from a miss club and a tree putt from 15 feet. However, I got it back a little and ended the round being 1 over par. It wasn’t by any means great, but I was pretty content with it, considering the windy conditions.
Round two would be played in the morning with no wind, so it would be a good chance to go low. If only my putter had thought so too. The short putts gave me a lot of trouble and I didn’t really make any of the good birdie chances I had. I hit the ball really well tough, and despite a two putt putter in the bag, I shot even par. With those scores I wasn’t far out from a top-10, so I had a good feeling going into the final Sunday round, ready to go really low. That feeling quickly disappeared however. I had a good birdie chance on first which I missed, and then an even better birdie chance on the second hole from just 5 feet. I went on to 3 putt that short birdie chance and carded a bogey instead. The many putts missed already didn’t quite encourage lots of confidence, and I ended up missing three more short putts during the round. By the end it felt like a catastrophe out there and I ended the tournament with a round of four over par.
With that finish I was extremely disappointed. It was nothing like I had set out to do, and it felt so far from how I know I can play. It is frustrating knowing that I am a much better player than what I put on the board, but naturally it is not going to go my way every time. After the first frustration settled I had time to reflect on the tournament and tried to make the best of it. During the tournament I missed a combined 7 putts within 4-5 feet, and when they start dropping… well that is a lot of shots that can be made up. Also, I have played two tournaments on the Symetra Tour so far, both of which has been far from how I know I can play, but I have still managed to make the cuts and finish near the top third of the field. So there is definitely some good to take away, and with every tournament I get an experience richer. Now I have also given my new putter a fair chance over these last couple of months, but I think it is time to go back to my old one and start making some putts Like they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Now I don’t have any tournaments till the 29th of May, when the US Open qualifier is held. That doesn’t mean I will be bored though. On Saturday, I am going back to Las Vegas to play in a Pro-Am. I am really looking forward to head back, and I am sure it will be a really fun event with some rounds of golf and dinner functions, but also time to relax and see my friends again. I will be in Las Vegas for just five days but will come back again shortly as I am going to be a part of the huge fundraiser “Coaches for Cancer” in Las Vegas on the 20th and 21st of May. So it will be a month without much tournament activity, but I will still be traveling. The time off from tournaments also allows for lots of practice and time to get the putter going, before the Symetra Tour season takes off in June.