Today is the final round of the Valero Texas Open, which means it’s also the final day to finish out my four
day volunteering commitment. I’ve shared my experience the last two days and if you’ve missed those posts you can check them out here:
For the third round I was paired with a pretty solid group; Chesson Hadley, Jason Kokrak and Daniel Summerhays. In looking at the Valero Texas Open leaderboard, you’ll see Hadley and Kokrak currently sitting in a T-4 position at 2-under for the tournament. Both these guys started the day at 1-under and shot strong 71’s on a tough day at TPC San Antonio. Daniel Summerhays shot an even par 72 on Saturday and remained at 1-over for the tournament.
Groups are going off in three’s again today and will be going off fairly early compared to other events. The final pairing of Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel will be going at 11:35am CST. The PGA Tour has groups going off #1 and #10 because of the large size of field that made the cut.
On Saturday I walked the entire 18 with my group and will most likely do the same today as well. Although my role in this volunteer group requires me to stay ahead of the group playing, I am still able to see how these guys play golf up-close, especially around the greens. We all know these guys are good in scrambling but seeing it live like the last three days is truly something to emulate.
When these guys miss the green they always seem to leave themselves with short putts to save par. In comparing that to my game, when I got into similar situations, I tend to leave more mid-range putts and end up with bogey after missing the putt. While I will never be a professional golfer, I do strive to be a scratch golfer one day and compete in local amateur golf tournament. Watching the PGA Tour pros over the last several days has made me realize more than ever how important it is to have an above average short game; both putting and chipping.
Today is suppose to be another gorgeous Texas day and I look forward to getting out there for the final round. I might try to send out some live Tweets during the round, although I don’t want to get in trouble since we’re not really suppose to be using our phones inside the ropes. We’ll see what I can do so make sure you’re following @Front9Back9 on Twitter!