I found out on Monday that I made it into the Fry's Electronics Open event with my number so I was obviously very happy. I met up with my caddie, Scotty, and we got to work to prepare for the event.
I had practised hard and was looking forward to playing after my week off.
In round one I hit the ball reasonably well but my putting was very ordinary yet again and I can't remember the last time I had 36 putts in an event. In the second round my putting improved slightly, but I couldn't make up the ground I had lost and that meant a missed cut. Disappointing, but that's golf and you have to accept the good with the ordinary.
It has been a very big year for me and I have been feeling really tired for the past few weeks. I have therefore decided to head back to Australia earlier than originally planned. The season is about to begin there and I want to take a few weeks to freshen up and hopefully play well there.
We have so few professional events in Australia and the big three - the Australian Open, the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters - are all at the end of the year, and it would be a dream come true if I were to win one of those. I also want to support the local tour because without it there would be very limited opportunities for Australians to progress through the system.
Early each year we have two Nationwide events and it was in one of these where I finished third in 2006 to give me a jump-start on the Nationwide Tour, as until then I only had conditional status.
I know this decision goes against my original plans and there are some people who won't understand why I am going home, but I have to do what I feel is right for me. I would love to have played at the Nationwide Tour Championship and tried to secure a place in THE PLAYERS Championship, but I can still do that by playing my way in during the first half of next year.
After a good rest and complete break from golf for a week or two, I need to do a lot of hard work on my swing and even more on my putting. I will be catching up with my coach, Steve Bann, to sort all that out. I will then sit down with my manager and work out a preliminary schedule for next year. There is lots to do and heaps to look forward to.
Thanks to everyone who has sent e-mails of support - hopefully I will get to reply to all of you over the coming weeks. I hope you have enjoyed my diary; it's been a new and enjoyable experience for me.
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