How was my first day on the PGA Tour? Long.
I had been thinking about that first tee shot and, when it finally took place, my arms and club felt pretty light. I hit it a little left and into the rough, which was no big deal, and I ended up making bogey, but then I had two straight birdies and added another at six.
I actually had it at two-under, but then I three-putted eight and had another bogey at 10 to take it back to even par.
The turning point came at 14 when I hit a hybrid in and wasn’t confident about it and wound up taking a double bogey to push it to two over before another bogey on 15 and I finished at three over.
We figured afterwards, we’d have lunch, relax a bit and maybe I could get a treatment on the hamstring, which has been burning all day, but I signed my scorecard and was told I had to get to the 10th tee for my second round,
I knew it was going to be 36 holes because of the rain delay on Thursday, but I thought I would have some time in between. That was pretty tough and I admit I lost some concentration.
We started on the 10th and I went to five over before the rain and lightning hit around 4 p.m. and we were in for a three-hour rain delay.
It was interesting to watch how the other players deal with that kind of delay. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself, but they’re used to it. I saw about 11 guys roll up towels, put them under their necks and sleep.
Other had their laptops and watched movies and others had lunch with their families.
I suppose that I will always be able to say I played the weekend on the PGA Tour, even if it was because of a rain delay, but I feel like my ball-striking compares with these guys, who have outstanding short games, which is so important.
We got in another hole-and-a-half before we were pulled off the course again. I’m supposed to resume at 7:30 a.m. and I plan to continue enjoying the experience.
On Friday night, we didn’t even go to dinner. I just chatted with Taryn, my caddie Gene Lockerby and a buddy Jason Glass.
I’m looking forward to bed.