When your veteran and you have been thru Q school, and gotten thru Q school, its it more relief or is it still the same excitement as the first few times you have gotten thru?
This year was definitely a little bit of both. First of all, was excitement just for what I did that last day. Then there is a little relief that sets in, alright I have a place to play again and some guaranteed starts. Its nothing like 2012 when I finished 2nd and got my PGA Tour card, but that week I was top 5 most of the week so wasn’t the pressure of this week. So, I would say both but just at different times.
Has there been times you considered giving up pro golf and doing something else?
Its definitely a tough call, there are guys that are my age or younger that have done well on Minor League Tour or other tours and not really done anything on Web that have given up. And when I look back that is my career, I’ve never had full status anywhere for more than 2 years in a row. You know I’ve had injuries, had shoulder surgery back in ’06, have had back issues the last few years. I never said it formally, but it could have been, it wasn’t necessarily going to be the end, but we were getting close. Without a sponsor its hard. Believe me the Minor League Tour has been amazing, it has given me an opportunity to keep playing, but with 3 kids its hard. I would like to say I was getting by, but I wasn’t even getting by. You could win a couple in a week and pay a bill or two, but then next week you have to pay entry fees for 3 events. And I love that tour, and the guy who runs it, and like I said it has given me an outlet to play. But we had to put stuff on credit cards and the credit card situation we have now is mainly because of my golf…. there was definitely talks between my wife and I about it being the end. But it was never about my talent, it wasn’t that I was sick of the game, or I didn’t think I could make it, that was never a part of it. The only thing that was going to make me stop playing was the money.
I might have to do some stuff in the next few weeks. Those first 4 weeks are really expensive. I actually got into one of the Bahamas events couple years ago on a sponsor’s exemption, because I had conditional status, and that trip cost almost 5k. Right now, we are in a mode of how are we going to get this done, we are always open to sponsors. I have had sponsors in the past and its always good to have.
Do you think your game is better suited for PGA Tour then web.com?
You know I had a pretty good year in 2012, the year I was on the big tour, I was one spot away from getting 8 to 10 starts the next yr and full web. Instead I only got four events the web, so that was a heartbreaker. And I really believe if I would have had that 2nd year on the PGA tour and got to go to some of the places again I really would have done well. So yeah, I think it suits me better, you can go out there and shoot -2 and feel good about it. On the web if you shoot -2 your getting lapped almost every time. Don’t get me wrong that there are some courses on web you have to grind it out and I tend to do well there. When I get out there again, I know I will do well. You know I played US Open was +8, made a 40-footer on last hole to make cut on the number. And then I shot -1 on the last day on a course that was just impossible. I tend to play tough courses well. I feel like I am going to do better on the web this year then I ever have because I have a better idea of who I am and the last couple years with no status we drew up how am I going to get this done with all these younger guys. I know what I can do, my putting has got better. I know I am going to do fine on the web, but to answer your question yes, the big tour suits my game better, but the web is the only way to get out there anymore and have to figure out how to get it done, and I will.
What are some of the low points that you have had in your career?
I remember one year at 2nd stage, I had just had a full season of web, and my 1st daughter was born, and I was within the number all week and I finish bogey-double the last day to miss by a shot. That one was pretty bad, that one really hurt, worse than others. I was playing well all week. The finishing 151st instead of 150 in FedEx was a bad one. When you sat down and think about it after some time though you think, the experiences I had, the courses I played, made the most money I ever had playing this game, and got to meet the some of the guys I wanted to meet my whole life. But you know going into the last event I was 147 in FedEx points. In the last round I shot 1 or 2 over and you know they track it about where you stand, I was still 147 going into final day and 4 guys shot amazing round that last day and bumped me. Those two points stick out me.
And some high points?
Q school in 2012, which was final PGA Tour school and finish 2nd was awesome, just went out there and killed it the whole week, 6 rounds at PGA West, that was the happiest I have been on a golf course. This week was a close 2nd, with all that was riding on it. Like I said earlier I may have had to hang it up, and I am someone that thinks about that type of stuff. I put a lot of pressure on myself to support my family and to do what I did that last day makes it a close 2nd. The biggest thing is if you want to keep doing it, you better learn how to deal with the highs and lows. You have to pick up the pieces and move on, I feel like my parents have instilled in me and I have always stuck by it. I knew I didn’t want to be done with this game, and I dug down deep and got it done. But you do learn to live with the downs because there are a lot of downs in this game.
Do you know how many times you have been to Q school and how many tours you have played on?
I think I played on 8 different tours, the old Golden Bear Tour, Hooters, and a bunch of other ones. And I have been to Q school every year except for 2 and I turned pro 19 years ago, so 17 times.