Thursday, August 7, 2008

Round # 1 or What happened was...

Already in the books and sad to say it probably could only have been three shots better if I had made a two footer on 16 and a three foot slider on 18 after an 1:25 minute weather delay. The third shot I chalked up to a 3 putt bogey to start the day. As you noticed when following the live scoring it was an up and down day. For some unknown reason I've lost confidence in my driver and only my driver. What once was the reason I got to this holy place, I now have to tell my self to just let loose and when I do it goes forever. What looked to be a very good shot suddenly found it's way into trouble. Evidence of this can be found early on the second hole when my 240 yard hybrid out of the primary rough miraculously soared just below the Metlife blimp hovering above, landed just in front of the green and ran 38 (the depth of the green) yards over and down into a shaved "catch all" behind the green. The third hole played 203 into a slight wind. After watching N. Thompson (71) balloon his tee shot into the front bunker we decided to hit a 4 iron. I hit what looked like a Sportcenter highlite only to watch helplessly as it ran through the green and lodged itself up against the primary rough. Now it's resting on the "courtesy cut" up against the primary (4.5") exactly 3 feet off the green about 20 feet from the hole. The higher rough behind my ball mad the lob wedge jump into the middle of the ball other wise known as a skull and it raced by the hole onto the courtesy cut on the opposite side. Two putts later and a bogey on the card.
Highlites: I know this will be hard to believe but my short game was outstanding in so many ways. I believe I got up and down for par or bogey at least three times and because I missed a two footer on 17 it would have been four times. I had a putt on 13 which is a par three from about 40-45 feet. The difficulty for this putt wasn't the length but the direction it needed to be played (cue the circus music). The first half was a L-R curler slightly downhill and to the crest of a hill where it made a right turn down more slope. I finally got a reaction from the crowd as it came to a stop a mere three inches from the hole. And then proceeded to out drive Thompson on the next hole 345 yards to 340. That was not a typo...
Lo-lights included missed putts and bad driving that even a policeman should have pulled me over for. But the biggest letdown was the missed 2-footer on 17 that was left after an all-world chip shot aimed 20 feet left of the hole because it had nestled into deep greenside rough. Oh and not making any birdies.
One last note worth mentioning during the weather delay. I'm sitting in the player's lounge minding my own business when Vijay asks Tommy Armour III why the PGA changed the course from one day to the next. Basically the whole week the greens were running about 10 or so on the stimp meter which means they were average speed for these greens. Well, the weather dried out the greens and they cut them without watering and today they were easily 12 or so. Oh yea and made of concrete! This from Vijay S. Guess these guys complain just like the rest of us.
A quick shout out to P. Moylan for making the trip to MI. Thanks for the support! Day 2 will be one to remember- DL

8 comments:

Mark said...

Great post, DL. 80 is just a number - everyone is so proud of ya that it really doesn't matter. We actually got to see you online today on #17 as they were following all of the par 3's with a live feed. Talk about concrete greens! But the pants are money! Let loose with that driver tomorrow and have a great time. Some Dave Long magic could be in the works! The HP

Saint said...

What a day man! It was amazing following you in a MAJOR! By the way...I broke the refresh button on the register computer updating your scorecard so much. I just couldn't wait to see what was next. Day 2 will be a day to remember because we've seen a 17 stroke swing from you before! You're the man! Can't wait to follow you online tomorrow morning!

GO LONG-
Brian and Emily

Chuck said...

Pro, the Casa Boys(Team Brugal)are so proud of you. I was talking with the crew and we figured that about 100 million people play golf in the world who break a hundred. You shot 80 in the show which puts you in the .0001 percentile of all golfers in the world. And to hear you talk about your driving when all we do is brag about you knocking it past us from the back tees. We know you can do it because we have seen it with our own eyes. Just remember fairways and greens and a smooth 70 gets you into the weekend. Let it go and the rest will follow.

MarkMarlene said...

Longie - I had a great day watching yesterday and got little work done in the afternoon. I was on the horn with Scotty and the Greek all day with updates and commentary. This is great!

Neil R Jones said...

Dave buddy you are there and a lot of others didn't make it. Enjoy the trip have fun and tell everyone about Woodmore CC! Go low baby!

bossgra said...

so to get to the bottom line Dave, I guess I would have come away with about a 136? Good luck today.

ChuckB said...

Do your thing Dave!! We are proud of you. Relax and let the big dog go. Round 2 is yours!!!

Lori said...

Dave - Len's piece about you in today's Washington Post is great! If you haven't seen it, it's here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/07/AR2008080703105.html

Proud of you, pro.