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Postcards from Parker
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Aloha from Memphis, TN and the St. Jude Classic!

Last week I was in Columbus, Ohio for the Memorial Tournament. This was my second year playing in the event hosted by Jack Nicklaus and this experience reaffirmed my beliefs that this is one of the premier events we play all year out on Tour. The golf course was set up perfectly, with the best conditions I've ever seen. The greens were running faster than any I've ever played on and the atmosphere throughout the week was incredible. Although I missed the cut, I found some good things on the golf course and was pretty pleased with the way my game was rounding in to form.

I, along with a good bit of the field from the Memorial, stayed around on Monday for the 36 hole U.S. Open qualifier. I played fairly decent, but couldn't get many things to go my way. Despite getting off to a somewhat rough start, I felt like the final 27 holes I really swung the club well, and sensed that some of the swing changes were beginning to feel more natural. That was very encouraging for me!

Now I'm in Memphis for the St. Jude Classic. This is my second time at this event having played it my rookie year on Tour. I seem to be very comfortable out on the golf course despite the excruciatingly hot and muggy conditions. With the difficult conditions, it's important to save energy for the entire week, but with next week off, I definitely want to pour out everything I've got. In some ways, I'm excited about taking off next week and rejuvenating my body and spending some time at home. But I also feel like I'm picking up some momentum with my swing changes and would like to keep that going. I'm just going to focus on the process and the positive changes I'm making this week and less on the results.

Before I go, I just want to congratulate all of the recipients of the Hawai'i High School Hall of Honor. I was honored to be a part of the program this year and excited to be able to help out the youth of Hawai'i by supporting those scholarships. I received a number of great e-mails from some of the recipients and truly believe that we selected the best, most deserving athletes in Hawai'i. I'm extremely excited to begin this journey as a supporter of the Hawai'i High School Hall of Honor.

Thanks, as always, for your support. I'll check back in with you in a couple weeks after the St. Jude Classic and a relaxing week back at home!

Mahalo,

Parker


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