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Diary of a champion

Posted: March 12, 2009 1:27 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
To me, the pro-am day is a very important day. I want to make sure my team has a good time, so I want to spend a lot of time with them.  

Today, I had four ladies.  

This is the first time I’ve ever had four lady pro-am partners, and we had a great time, and they were all great.  

It’s not so much about me playing good or great.  

I like to hit just enough good golf shots to know that I’m still OK.  

I drove the ball good today, but to me it’s more important that my amateurs have a good time.  

That I pay attention to them and not make it so much about my game and I think that is what most of the guys out here do.

We know this is a big part of our tournament structure.  

We play two days of pro-ams, so a big part of the week is pro-ams.  

I’ll try certain shots that I probably won’t try in the tournament.  

I’ll try to cut doglegs or try to hit it hard a few times, just so the amateurs have something to go home and talk about.  

It’s always fun.  

It’s a day where you are in competition and your score still counts but it is not a big deal what you shoot.  

I want to hit enough good shots that I feel good about what I’m doing and where my game is heading.  

I don’t really care if I made two or three bogeys.  

I’m still smiling even after I make a bogey.  

That is key for me on pro-am days. I don’t play tomorrow.  

Tomorrow is laundry day.  

I’ll come out and practice a little tomorrow.  

(Arizona State basketball) is playing (Arizona) (Thursday) in the Pac-10 tournament, and that will be a huge game for us. (Purtzer is an ASU alum).  

I’m not joking about the laundry.  

My family is at Disneyland, so I’ll be doing laundry for a good part of the day.  

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