Rob Labritz, the director of golf at GlenArbor in Bedford, is playing in his fourth PGA Championship. The 42-year-old Pound Ridge resident is writing daily diary entries for The Journal News about his experience this week.
I’m a little upset, a little bewildered.
The day started with me doing On the Range and chatting with Grant Boone and Brian Crowell. After that was done, I chilled for a while — had a nice long breakfast, figured out which holes to attack, which holes not to attack. It was pouring rain, so I got to practice 40 minutes before I went out to play.
I went out and had another great warm-up season, striped a 3-wood down the 10th fairway, hit a 9-iron to about one foot and made birdie. It was like, “OK. Let’s go.” That shot totally kickstarted me.
And then I missed the green at the 11th, a par 3 that played 240 yards, but hit a nice shot to six or seven feet from the rough and missed the putt.
I missed on next hole for a birdie and on the next hole for a birdie.
And then I birdied the 14th, missed on the next hole for a birdie, got up and down at the 16th for par, took a bogey on the next hole and hit a 4-iron to about 10 feet on the 18th and missed that. I missed from eight feet on No. 1 and missed from 10 feet on No. 2.
I could’ve gotten things going today, but I wasn’t making any putts.
Hitting one in the water at No. 7 sort of deflated my effort, and on the next hole, I three-putted from 35 feet.
It was a round that could’ve been, had I putted like Jason Dufner today.
So my takeaway is if I want to contend with these guys, I’ve got to play more. I’m just as good of a ball striker. I’m just as long. They get up and down more than I do. I have to learn to calm myself more. I feel like I belong out there. So we’re going to work it until we can get out there.
The fire in my belly after the PGA is ridiculous. I want to play so bad.
We’re going to go home now and decide what’s going on for the weekend. I don’t know yet. I’ll clean out my locker tomorrow, possibly hang up here for the weekend, possibly get on the road. I’ve got a couple days to unwind because I’ve worked hard these last couple of days.