Hope everyone is doing good and getting into summer mode! I certainly am, coming from Arkansas last week.
I had a fun month of tournaments before that, even though I struggled with a little injury on my foot the first couple of weeks on the road. At the Sybase Matchplay event I couldnâ€™t play a single practice round or the Pro-Am and at the German Open I only managed to play 9 holes before the tournament started. Surprisingly, my game didnâ€™t feel too bad (I had to think about Laura Daviesâ€™ philosophy: â€śIf you want a long career, donâ€™t practice muchâ€ť). In my first match at Sybase, I started out birdie, eagle, par, birdie. I won my match. The next day, I still played pretty good, but couldnâ€™t keep up with Stacy Lewisâ€™ seven birdies. So I decided that â€“ unless I am injured â€“ the Laura-Davies-approach might not be the best for me ?
I was pretty excited to tee it up in Germany again this year. I was in contention until Saturday, but failed to go low on Sunday. So I brought home a top 10. The crowds were fantastic though. It seems like golf is getting bigger, cooler and younger in my home country.
My stay in Atlantic City the next week at the Dolce Seaview Resort was fantastic â€“ except for my game. I think the US â€“ Europe â€“US travel took a lot out of me. Or maybe I just had an off-week. I certainly focused on putting it behind me really quickly, because we had our second major of the year coming up in Rochester, NY. I have good memories on that course, having shot a 64 there in 2009 (bare in mind that was before the event was a major though). On Monday evening I played a 9 hole practice round and teeing it up on the first hole, I couldnâ€™t believe how narrow the fairway was. Deep rough looming left and right. By the time Thursday came around my perspective changed a bit though. I started my round on number 10 and when I came to my 10th hole, number 1, the fairway seemed like a wide runway to me. Most of the fairways on the back nine are only about 15 yards wide. Everything is relative.
Overall I had a pretty solid week in Rochester. I finished in 12th . However, there is always room for improvement.
The week in Canada the weather was awesome and the fans even better. It almost felt like a major, thatâ€™s how many spectators were there. (I got serenaded by a funny group of half-German fans). I finished T17th, playing really solid golf, but burning the edges on SO many putts. Thatâ€™s a good sign though.
It was a new experience in Arkansas, where the heat index was over a 100F (38 â€“ 40C). I was wearing neck and ankle coolers every day and I survived pretty good. My game was solid, but again â€“ I was burning edges with my putter. I just have to stay patient and they will fall. I actually changed to the Metal â€“ X #6 putter last week and I love the roll the new insert creates.
What else is new with me? I havenâ€™t shared this with you yet. I decided to give 5% of my winnings this year to charity. I havenâ€™t decided which charity yet, but most likely it will involve underprivileged kids. Iâ€™m so fortunate to do what I do and I feel I need to give back â€“ not only my time, but also resources.
Talk to you soon,