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Monday, January 25, 2010

So Long Desert....Hello Pacific Ocean

Well, my first missed cut on the PGA Tour certainly didn't feel like a missed cut. As most of you saw, I finished the Bob Hope Classic at 7 under par and missed the cut by two shots. This was extremely frustrating because I played a lot better than it showed. I just didn't score as well as I should have and left the course each day feeling aggravated. I hit a lot of great putts that rolled over the edge of the cup but never seemed to fall. I am having difficulty adjusting to my new putter. It is very difficult to build two putters exactly the same. I had a back up made last year while on the Nationwide Tour but it doesn't feel the same. There are several variables that come into play when building clubs and sometimes it becomes more of a guessing game.

Last week was a crazy week in regards to the weather in Palm Springs. It rained most of the week and for the FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS, THE BOB HOPE CLASSIC HAD A RAIN DELAY!! That is hard to believe. Welcome to the desert, I guess. The streets were flooded but the golf courses drained well enough for us to play.

I was fortunate enough to have several guests join me in the desert. Beth and Jake, along with her parents, H.G and Carol Yeomans, and my mom and step-dad, Freda and Mike Rountree, came to watch me play golf. They left Georgia with the expectations of temperatures in the 70's and lots of sunshine. However, they were greeted with lots of rain and temperatures in the 50's and 60's. Fun, Fun!! They didn't complain and the rain actually gave us more family time. Jake came to the golf course everyday and was sitting in the stands each morning when I walked to the first tee. It was a great site to see!

I thank Larry and Brenda McNabb for hosting Beth, Jake, and I this week. They have a guest house and it was perfect for our stay in the desert. It sits on the 13th hole of one of the courses we played during the Bob Hope Classic. Jake was able to hit golf balls in the yard as his daddy walked down the fairway. Thank you so much for the hospitality. We are forever grateful and cannot thank you enough.

This week we are at Torry Pines in San Diego. There are two golf courses (North and South Course) with the most difficult one being the South Course. The US Open was played here in 2008 and you guessed it, Tiger won. I arrived to San Diego last night and played the South Course this morning. When I arrived to the course, Rife (my putter company) built me three putters to hopefully match my broken one. I worked all day with the new putters and also made a few changes to my TaylorMade irons. Hopefully these adjustments will end some of the troubles I have had recently with my new equipment. We will see!

Be sure to watch the coverage on TV this week. The views are incredible!! I will take some pictures this week but they won't do justice.


  1. I saw the post about the airplane upgrade, that had to be awesome. I'm sure you swapped numbers with most of the guys you met but how about camouflage? Did Boo give you some of that Camo rain gear he has been seen sporting on the course before? That would go along great with your farm footage from TV.
    I know you are enjoying having your family out with you. What a joy it must be to have your son watching you from the stands, that has to be as good as being paired with your all time favorite golfer.
    Let me know when you find out whether you will play in the Heritage. I would like to make plans to be there if your playing.We will continue praying for you and your family. Keep up the hard work.

    BTW-Once you get your putter tweaked just the way you want it, send your old one to Bill. He needs to update his clubs and he will never know the difference. HA HA.

    Jamey Motes

  2. Better days are coming my friend. You know it and so do all your family, friends, Fans and anyone else woh knows you or has everseen you strike a golf ball. You will get the equipment issues worked out and the ball will begin to fall for you. hang in there and keep your head about you. You da man!!!


  3. Enjoy your time on the West Coast. You are getting lots of encouragement and prayers for you and the family. Lots more co workers are following you and loved the updates from this blog and from Chris. Have fun and looking forward to more Blake on the tube.

  4. This week is going to be incredible. I know you will have so much fun on Thursday with your pairings :) Can't wait to see you on TV. You look better than anyone out there..and I'm not saying that just because I'm your baby sister either. You know you can win..and I expect to see you at the top on Sunday. Nobody deserves it more than you. I love you and miss you terribly. Have fun!!

  5. Blake, It was great having you, Beth, and especially Jake as our guests for the week and getting to know your extended family. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your family. You are a lucky young man with a great family with a great future in front of you. It will be fun to tell people in the future that we knew you when...

    Hope the club adjustments work out this week.

    We will be watching and rooting for you.

    Larry and Brenda McNabb

  6. Hey Blake! Seems like you're enjoying everything thus far... you'll iron out the wrinkles soon enough... you always do! Glad to hear that the family came out to visit... and Jake may be on the tour in the next 20 plus years or so too! Look out! He's coming after you! Joe

  7. Hey Blake!
    I just posted a link to your blog on the Lake Oconee facebook page. You now have 1,600 of your closest friends following your blog.

    We're proud of you buddy!


  8. Go get Blake! Keep working hard. Great finish at the Sony. Good luck this week.


  9. Blake,

    Just another week on tour eh? Visited Pearl Harbor, met some veteran players, damaged your putter, finished T-25 and got a ride to the mainland in a G4. Sounds like a good start for the year.

    P.S. Might want to keep the "back-up" clubs with you.

    Enjoy every day big boy.


  10. Blake,

    Let's see if I got this straight....your first week on tour and you (1)Visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor (2)Met some nice tour veterans (3)Bent your putter (4)Finished T-25 and (5) got a ride to Palm Springs in a G-4. Sounds like a great start to me!

    I love the blog.