“Golf’s a funny game,” wrote Danny King in an e-mail from Bermuda, where he opened the Gosling’s Invitational at the Belmont Hills Golf Course with a course and tournament record 58 on Monday.
“Last week (at the PGA Club Professionals Championship of Canada), I made a total of four birdies and in yesterday’s practice round, I made seven birdies and (Monday), I had 10 birdies and an eagle … crazy,” he said.
“My focus this week is to be very patient and focus on my routines throughout the day and accept what bad breaks will occur out there, with winds gusting from 10 to 40 km an hour,” he added.
“You have to pay attention to your tee shots and angles into the greens, in addition to elevation changes of 10-20 yards, plus/minus,” he said.
The round started with birdies on the first and second holes, before King parred what he describe as a “difficult” par four third, as well as the par three fourth hole.
At two under at that point, he added a birdie on par four fifth, then eagled the par five sixth and “and barely missed birdie on the (par three) seventh,” he said.
After another birdie on eight, “I hit a good tee shot and made a bomb from the front of the green, probably 30 feet,” he wrote of the birdie that ended a front nine, seven-under 28.
“Moving into the back nine I focused on my routines and getting deeper into being in the present,” he said.
“The 10th hole is a driveable par four, 296-yard, downhill-downwind hole. I hit a three-wood to 15 feet and barely missed the eagle putt and tapped in for birdie,” wrote King.
“Eleven is a par three uphill into the wind, playing 180. I hit six iron to two feet and converted. The difficult 12th par five was playing downwind. A good tee shot left me 140 to the pin and I just missed eagle and tapped in for four,” he added.
Now at 10 under, King added pars on 13 and 14 and 15. “I hit it to six feet on 16 and missed on high side, so close,” said King, who came away with another par.
“Seventeen is a blind, downhill par three that measures 140 on the card, but played 180 with the wind. I hit a six iron to 15 feet and made it,” he added,
“The 18th is an uphill, par four, playing into wind. After a good tee shot, I had 160 pin, hit it to eight feet and made the downhill, left to right for 58,” he continued.
“I’ve been working hard with Bob Panasik with my routines and today was reflective of the hard work,” said King.
“In addition, coach Kevin Honsberger has been working on maintaining my body mechanics and strength programs,” he wrote.
“I’ll always remember the feeling and shots I hit (Monday) and I’m dedicated and excited about continuing to improve,” he said.