Perhaps the best weather I’ve ever seen at Old Del Monte today with a light breeze and warm temperatures. This course is a real gem, with wonderful conditions and greens that are amazingly consistent. The best part of the day was the pace of play, with the new format of teeing off 1 & 10 in ten minute intervals, made a ONE HOUR difference in the pace of play. These tournaments CANNOT be played in groups of 4 with less than 10 minute tee intervals.
We played in 4 hours today, and because we were fist off #10 in the afternoon shift, we tried to play slow, so that we wouldn’t catch the last morning group. The course played the easiest I’ve EVER seen it play with the perfect weather and the tees up on several of the holes. I knew the scores would be really low, as I believe that 66 (-6) is low followed by some 67 and a lot of 68’s. I felt that par today was 68 as the par 5 holes all played short.
I’ve debated about even mentioning my round today, that was a huge disappointment. It was very similar to my round on Tuesday in the US Senior Open qualifier, lots of birdies but too many bogeys and mistakes. After getting to -3 on the day on the 2nd hole (my 11th hole of the day) I then made bogey on the 3 of the next 4 holes to get back to even. I am still struggling to keep my card clean of mental mistakes. If I am to perform well in the British Senior Open and US Senior Open, I’ll need to tightened up my rounds.
Tomorrow is forecast to be another beautiful day, that will bring another wave of low scoring as this is a very strong field of college players (over 100 players in the Championship flight).
More tomorrow from the Old Del Monte course in beautiful Monterey California