WEB.com, Utah Championship – Sandy, Utah

My week in Sandy, Utah began like none other; with Canadian golf icon and former Masters champ Mike Weir hosting a few of the players at his house for dinner. Mike attended school at Brigham Young University about 40 minutes south in Provo, Utah and now resides just outside of Sandy. Along with a couple of cellars to store is famous wine, my favourite amenities was the home gym and hitting bay equipped with camera’s to stay in shape and work on the swing year round.

The course for the week was Willow Creek CC, which played much shorter than the scorecard yardage due to the elevation of the city being nearly 4,500 ft. This equated to approximately a 10% deduction from my normal yardage distances around home in Victoria. For example, a 200 yard shot at Willow Creek would play very close to 180 yards back home (about a 7-iron).

I was obviously very excited to tee it up on Thursday and continue my solid play from the week before in Halifax. Playing alongside a friend of mine from Arizona, we both got off to hot starts as we reached 5-under par through our first ten holes. Starting on the back nine, I birdied 12, 14, 15, and 17 before making the turn and adding another birdie on the par-5 1st hole after getting up and down from the green-side bunker. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to keep the ball rolling as I made three bogeys along with one more birdie over the next eight holes to finish the opening round at 68 (-3).

On Friday our group teed off last and battled a little windier conditions and a couple bumpy greens. Starting the day I felt confident and excited to get back those couple strokes I dropped at the end of my round the day before. I birdied both par-5’s to start which is important on a course that plays much shorter than it’s yardage, but I also mixed in 2 bogey’s which sent me back to where I began the day. Entering the back nine at -3 I saw that I needed to reach at least 5-under to make the cut. I attacked a few more pins than I may have otherwise and it proved costly, as I missed several greens on the short side and failed to get up and down. I came in at 4-over par, 1-over for the tournament and missed the cut by a number of shots. It seemed like everything happened so fast from halfway through my opening round at 5-under par to where I finished my second round. It just goes to show how quickly things can turn around and how impressive the talent on the Web.com tour is for the cut to be 5-under par. Even amongst the disappointment I had a blast and learned a lot so hopefully I can give it another shot soon.