We played at Cripple Creek today (38 and sunny), and my team got smoked because I played so poorly. The good news is that I put $5 on Phil to win the AT&T at 25 to 1 and he has a 3 shot lead with 2 holes to go as the horn just blew to end play for the day. We’ll have to see what happens tomorrow morning. I know, I’m a degenerate . . .
Six of us showed at Noon. The course was pretty empty, so we played as a six-some – 3 versus 3 in a best ball Nassau match with automatic 2 down presses. My buddy, Brent Gates, showed up from Bear Trap Dunes to join us. Brent is a good player – 5 handicap – who also plays on the Tour on the Shore. Brent teamed up with Hagen and Cummings and shot a nice 36 on the first nine to put us 2 down for the match and winning 2 ways. . Glen Hudson and Steve Dewey were my partners. Glen played well, but Steve and I were disappointing partners, missing key putts and generally not hitting it well. Unfortunately, I played my worst round of the year shooting 81 with 3 penalty shots, a 3 putt and very few up and downs for par. My shot of the day was a dead shank over the townhomes on the Par 3 16th hole. I swear that hole is my nemesis. Every since I hit a nozzle rocket out of bounds in the final round of the 2016 Club Championship to lose the match, I’ve had issues with the tee shot on that hole.Back to the present. Glen continued to play solid on the second nine, but his partners were a no show. Hagen came through on the second nine once again (seems to be his “new normal” these days) and Mike went along for the ride. Brent added another birdie, but had a couple of blemishes on the second nine.
In the end, we got smoked, losing 7 ways and I had to dig into my wallet. Come on Phil Mickelson and win this thing tomorrow. Make my weekend.