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Postcards from Parker
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hello from Columbus, OH and "Jack's event" the Memorial Tournament. This is my second year playing in this event and as I mentioned last year it's one of the very special courses and events to be invited to.

Before I go into detail about my week in Ft. Worth I wanted to mention my new affiliation with Hawai'i High School Hall of Honor. For those of you who are not familiar with the program, it identifies 12 High School duel-sport athletes each year who have excelled in their respective sports and off the field as well. These individuals have been selected by a statewide committee of high school administrators, athletic directors, and the media. Each athlete will receive a $2,000 scholarship for their freshman year of college. Being a former duel sport athlete and honoree myself it was a perfect program to be able to partner with and continue the support of these athletes. I am so excited to begin this relationship and partner with a program I feel so strongly about. This year's awards ceremony will be this Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Let's get back to the golf and my experiences last week at the Colonial. As some of you know I took a few weeks off (Texas Open & Byron Nelson) what some of you didn't know was that my wrist has been bothering me a bit. None of us out here are patient but you have to be with injuries, it's a long year and a long career I'm thinking about and I've got to be cautious with my body. I was able to rest it a bit at home and it had improved enough to give it a go last week. Given that I had to rest a good bit while at home I wasn't quit as sharp as I probably would have liked. It was an up and down week and hopefully some of you caught one of my up moments on ESPN's "SportsCenter" Friday night. Former Hawai'i sports caster and resident Neil Everett was announcing the Top 10 list and at #6 on the list was my chip in from the grandstand on #18. It was pretty cool for Neil to hook me up like that and for the "808" to get some love.

I made a run on Friday at the cut until a go for broke 9 at the last skewed my score. I'm excited to get things going here this week in Columbus. If you remember last year I spoke about the 6 inch rough and greens running at 14 on the stimpmeter. This year the course set up is more like what we normally see on Tour with 3-3.5 inch rough and fast but manageable green speeds. Players often rave about the accommodations at this event and its true, Jack Nicklaus really takes care of us. This place has the best milkshakes on Tour and they challenge us to order something they can't create; it's truly a first class event.

Thanks for all the support as always and I'll check back with you all next week after my US Open Qualifier and hopefully a nice week in Columbus.

Mahalo,

Parker


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