This review is going to be simple. This was the worst tournament I’ve played in several years in terms of my ratings and my finish. Yet I walked away having made a fair amount of money. Let’s go:
Rounds 1 and 2 are basically the same. The course was 27 holes and set up almost entirely in the short. All 27 holes were not only deucable, there really were only three or tricky holes in the whole lot. There were LITERALLY 27 birdies on the course. The first round, I threw 5 (and a bogey). The second round, I threw 4 (no bogeys). By comparison, the leader at that point was -29 (to my -8)
There are two very interesting stats that explain how my rounds went.
1) Of the 54 possible holes, I landed inside the circle exactly 14 times (not including a few that were right around the circle). That’s it. Everything else was 35-60′ away, or in way too many cases, 80+. That’s astonishingly bad.
2) If you filter by the following criteria: if the putt was inside 25′, and if it was not a straddle putt, and if there were no obstacles in my way, I didn’t miss a single putt. THe problem? I didn’t make a single putt that did not fit into that criteria. That’s right, not a single putt outside 25′ the whole day.
So the second day, they moved nearly every hole into a longer position. Good, some actual golf! And I started very unusually. 4 2 4 2 on the first four holes. I guess I got tired of parring the day before. We step up to hole six. It’s a 342′ hole, mostly open. There is a guardian tree directly in front of you (and a tighter hyzer line to the right) but the anhyzer is quite open. The basket sits at the end of the woodline. I throw my Orc with a good deal of anhyzer and right out of my hand it looks great. I hold my breath the entire flight, and right at the end it hooks up and hyzers DIRECTLY INTO THE CHAINS! It was my first ace since 2009 (using the same disc, ironically). WOO! It felt real good.
My first eight holes (I started on hole 2) went 4 2 4 2 1 3 2 2. That’s a pretty good start. In fact, after 16 holes, I was -6. On a significantly harder layout. And then we hit the backup. The rest of my holes went: 4 5 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 3. If I just par it out, I would have shot the 2nd best round of the entire tournament with a 76. If I matched my buddy Sean who was on my card for those holes, I would have actually shot a 69, which would have been the best. But alas, I did not. I just hit the wall.
Anyway, I got an ace, so I kinda didn’t care about much else.