Body clock told me it's good time to play
By Parker McLachlin
Special to The Advertiser
By Parker McLachlin
Join us as we take a tour on the PGA Tour with Parker McLachlin, a former Punahou athlete. McLachlin earned his PGA Tour card for this season. He joins Castle alum Dean Wilson as the only Hawai'i golfers on the PGA Tour. McLachlin, Waikoloa's touring pro, will write his impressions on events that he's just completed and tournaments that are upcoming on his calendar.
Aloha from Reno,
I never thought I'd be writing this postcard, but here I am.
I made the last-minute decision to come to Reno to play this week and I feel absolutely great. This is actually my sixth week in a row playing, but I came to the decision earlier this week that I wanted to stay out here on the PGA Tour and get my game into the best shape possible. Sometimes, after just a few weeks, your body tells you that it's time to take a week or two off.
For me, this week was supposed to be a relaxing week in Arizona. Instead, after a really nice week in Canada at the Canadian Open, I flew back to Arizona on Sunday night thinking that I would be off this week. At the last minute, I changed my mind and flew up here to Reno yesterday, where I checked into the tournament, played in the pro-am, and am now getting ready to tee off this morning!
It's rare that I do something like this (enter a tournament at the last moment), but this is part of the process I have learned since joining the PGA Tour 18 months ago. Your body tells you if you can play, and my body told me earlier this week that I was feeling good and that's why I'm here in Reno. Plus, as many of you know, I love playing on the West Coast.
Michelle Wie is here and we're already talking about grabbing dinner together this week. I would have played a practice round with her on Tuesday, but I had yet to arrive at the golf course! I'm still hoping that I'll have the opportunity to be paired with her on the weekend. Would anyone be interested in a final pairing this week of myself and Michelle? That would get the TV ratings up in Hawai'i!
I look forward to talking to you next week, when I recap my experiences in Reno. And, of course, I'll recap my dinner with my wife and Michelle.
Parker McLachlin can be reached at www.parkermclachlin.com