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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.

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Comment by Greg Layton on August 13, 2008 at 5:25pm
Hope you get to feeling better. I'm planning on coming down to Timber Ridge for the semis and finals Saturday. Take care.
Comment by Rizbee on August 13, 2008 at 4:52pm
I admire you for stepping up to the challenge, Matt. I hope to get there with you once I get my body mended. It is eye-opening to play with the big dogs - very little margin for error.

At least have some fun while you're there and feel better!
Comment by James Brennan on August 13, 2008 at 2:13pm
Sounds like a sucky experience, and I wish it hadn't happened to you, but there it is; what's done is done.

Hope it gets much better for you.
Lots of golf left ...
Comment by John on August 13, 2008 at 12:19pm
Keep you head up man it happens to every one

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