Well the first event of the Web.com Tour Season didn’t go quite as planned. It was a tough couple of days on a difficult golf course due to wind, firm conditions and a little bit of inconsistency in playing surfaces. Any weaknesses in a players game are easily exposed in windy and firm conditions simply because the margin for error is so much smaller.
Ryan really got it around the course pretty well the first day in the morning wave of tee times but jut wasn’t able to capitalize on anything to get that momentum going. He finished with a score of 73 which equates to 3 over par this course. It wasn’t an ideal start by any means but it also didn’t take him out of the tournament after the first round.
We knew the second round in the afternoon wave would be a challenge all day because the wind was going to be blowing a steady 10 mph with gusts from 15-20. On top of that course conditions were getting firm and fast to go along with 90 degree heat and high humidity. They are conditions where par or better is a very solid score.
His front 9 in round #2 was a sluggish opening 9 holes. It was tough to get shots close enough to get good opportunities at birdies. The back 9 was a bit of the same. The few opportunities we had just couldn’t be cashed in on combined with a few mistakes unfortunately ended any chance of playing the weekend.
The 36 hole cut for 65 and ties finished at +3 (143) which on this tour is relatively high. Ryan shot rounds of 73-74 to miss the opening cut of the season. It’s easy to look back and find 4 shots out of 147 to change to outcome, but I feel that is true for all players. Some times it’s just not your week and this certainly wasn’t Ryan’s. All that can be done is work hard and keep improving each week.
Stats for Panama Claro Championship.
Fairways – 20/28 (71.4%)
Greens in Regulation (GIR) – 20/36 (55.6%)
Putts – 63
1 Putts – 9
3 Putts – 2
Scrambling – 8/16 (50%)
Sand Saves – 2/4 (50%)
Bounce Back % – 1/8 – 12.5%
1 Double Bogey
Prize Money – $0
Week 2 of the Web.com Tour Travels to Bogota, Colombia for the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro. Bogota Country Club is one of my favorite courses played on this tour. It’s an old style tree lined golf course that usually plays firm and at an elevation of 8,600 feet the golf ball travels much farther than normal. Anyone winning in Bogota basically wraps up enough money to earn their PGA Tour card.
It should be an exciting week that I can’t wait to get started.