Monday, April 18, 2011

Blown Away in San Antonio

Whatever you do, don't hit it in the "Native Area"
Valero Texas Open - Round 2 Recap
by Randy Roberts

Well, it's taken me a while to get over Michael missing the cut at the Valero Texas Open.  I think it's time to move on.  So here we go, the round 2 recap:

The scores for the tournament were really high due to the wind causing all sorts of chaos.  As with many of the players, the second round didn't go so well for Michael.  The wind was blowing so hard that it made it tough to keep the ball in the fairway.

Even though he missed the cut, let's focus on the positives:

  • While I was watching the shot tracker on the first round, it seemed to me like he was playing some pretty consistent golf despite the conditions. 
  • During the second round Michael hit his ball into the "Native Area" and ended up getting his first quadruple bogey as a professional.  But hey, at least it wasn't a 16.
  • Fellow rookie Brendan Steele won, so let's score one for "The New Breed".  While at the Farmers Insurance Open, Michael was in the same grouping as Steele, and his family and friends all seemed really nice.  It was nice to see a rookie make the leap to PGA winner.  It goes to show that anyone can win "Any Given Sunday".  Michael's day will come too.
  • I'm sure Michael would have preferred to have played, but the missed cut meant he could have his birthday (April 16) off.
  • The new shuffle list came out today, and Michael didn't lose any additional positions.
What's next: Onward and Upward. After starting out as first alternate, Michael is now in the field for The Heritage which is being held at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  

If you're an old-school PC gamer like myself you may remember Harbour Town from the classic PC golf game Links LS.  My limited knowledge of golf comes primarily from playing that game for hours on end.  Oh how I miss that game.

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