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Postcards from Parker
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Aloha from Scottsdale!

I'm back home for a couple days after spending last week in our nation's capital for the AT&T National. Although I wasn't able to see President Obama and get a tour of the White House like I was hoping to, the event was a special one for me for a number of reasons. First off, I was grateful to have my parents in town for the week. It was special having them there and it's always great when they are able to come out and see me play. On top of my parents being there, Tiger Woods is the host of this tournament. Obviously, when Tiger is playing in an event, the hype and attention is much higher than other tour events. But having his name associated with the tournament brought the buzz around the event to an entirely different level.

Finally, I really enjoyed this week because of the golf course. Congressional Country Club was the host of this year's tournament and it has an extremely rich history. The club was founded over 80 years ago and its 30 founding members include Presidents, dignitaries and other prominent national figures. On top of that, the course is hosting the US Open in 2011 and it was exciting to see the course before it undergoes some changes in preparations for the tournament. It will be interesting to see how it evolves (adding length, tightening fairways, lengthening the rough, etc.) over the next couple of years, but even right now it's one of the greatest tests of golf that I've ever played.

As for my performance on the course, it was undoubtedly one of the best ball striking tournaments I've had all year. I'm finally feeling like the swing changes I'm making are becoming more natural and not so mechanically thought out. This was also the first week since I injured my wrist at the Players Championship, where I have been pain free, which was a huge boost. A huge Mahalo to Dr. Wendy Howard for sending me the wrist widget which was instrumental in the healing process. Although I missed the cut by one, I left very encouraged with my ball striking (especially on a tough US Open type golf course) and take away a tone of positive thoughts from the week.

Also last week, I participated in an event with one of my sponsors, PNC Bank. I spent a good bit of the day on Wednesday sharing some tips with their clients and taking part in an outing. It's always fun to do a function with your sponsors and share some of your experiences on Tour. Thanks to all of the folks at PNC and the guests who attended the event!

Lastly, I want to congratulate my alma mater, Punahoa High School, for being named the top high school athletic program in the country by Sports Illustrated for the second year in a row. This honor definitely solidifies Punahoa as the premier athletic program in the country. I think it's also a testament to the quality of high school athletics in Hawaii in general.

I'm off to Milwaukee next week for the US Bank Championship and will look forward to catching up with you again then!




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