I can't believe that I'm sick at worlds. It's very frustrating.
Yesterday my body was just aching and I was really tired. I shot the second worst round in my pool and have now dropped back to the last card in the D pool before the great shuffle happens tonight, where it looks like I'm E pool bound.
I do feel a little better today, and I'm hoping to put together a decent round this afternoon at Oshtemo. Tomorrow morning we're playing at Timber Ridge, definitely the most rugged of the worlds courses.
So to summarize how things have gone:
Sunday: Great! When I left the Edge Skillshot competition, I was leading all pros. They were supposed to post the results by yesterday evening, but I haven't seen them yet, so I don't know if I stayed near the top or not.
Monday morning: Coldbrook (tight and wooded course with mostly short technical holes) didn't play to my accuracy like I thought it would. I just kind of hung on and left with a -2, 55. (was playing with Roger Cansler and Eric 'Roady' Roundhouse, who shot a -11 to end up in a tie for the Master's lead after the first round.) After this round I was in about 40th place.
Monday afternoon: Oshtemo - while I had no problems with this course when I visited a couple of months ago or practicing it last Friday, I had plenty of trouble this time. I was playing with Joel Kelly and Ken Gill (who's son was caddying for him). I shot even par 61, which really did feel like shooting 7 over par. Basically I just had a lot of trouble putting it down the middle of the fairways and I was way too tentative on my upshots.
Tuesday afternoon: Victory, Albion - I was most looking forward to playing this course as my dad, sister and step-mom were following me around on the course. Again I was having a lot of trouble with release points and being sore and tired didn't help at all. I had a nice ace-run on one of the short holes, and went OB on the other short hole taking a 5 while my card-mates (Jeff 'Zeppy' Rzepka & Rob Mertins) both birdied. Unfortunately, I went OB on 4 holes and that along with some yanks, gacks and ugly putts pretty much totaled about a dozen strokes. Ick.
Tonight Steve and I are supposed to have dinner with Kenny Lee & the Delta Windjammers.
Last thought: it's interesting to have the bar raised so much higher than I'm used to. Last year I played at about this level (not-so-hot) and I was in the top 25 or so in Am Masters till I finally put together a couple of good rounds and moved into the top 10.