Did you have a number in mind going into today, knowing that you were close to the number to get thru, or do you try your best to treat it as any other round?
It’s hard not to see the scores, so I was definitely aware it was 6 after 2 days, 8 after 3. Just knowing the pressure of the last day, and as the round went on noticing some of the pins were tucked, I figured 10 might get in but 11 would for sure, so I figured I needed 10 or 11. I kind of got off to a bad start and with 3 holes to go I told my caddy I needed to birdie the last 3. I didn’t birdie 16 but was able to birdie the last 2 and fortunately that was good enough.
After you got off to the slow start does it change how you play the back nine knowing you have to go pretty low in order to get thru?
Yeah it would have been totally different if I had shot 5 under on the front. But I went to 10 and it is a 580 Par 5 straight into the wind, I’m hitting a 3 wood from 275 with water right, just to see if I can get something close to the green, pitch it close, and get some momentum going, maybe get a kick in birdie. I was able to do that. Where if I had shot something low on front, I would have laid up with a 4 iron….so I played that hole differently but besides that, it’s not one of those courses that your strategy changes much, your still hitting driver off most holes.
When you finish at 9 under do you think you’re out?
100%, for sure 100%, I hit a pitch on the last hole from short right of the green, I’m thinking I needed that, it just missed, went to a couple feet and I tapped it in for birdie.
After the round did you even look at scores?
I wasn’t going to, but I looked briefly just to see how far out I was. I then I got in the car with my parents and went straight home…Then I kind of glanced at scores again in the car, there was a few guys at 7, if none of these guys pass me, there is exactly 18 guys ahead of me, so nobody can drop back, if one guy drops back then I’m in. All the 7’s come in and I think a couple tied me, but none passed me. So, I have a guy at 10, a guy at 11, few at 12, and I discounted anyone above that, then one of the guys at 10 shoots 1 over on the back to tie me, so I am 18th and I’m like wow I can’t believe it
Whats that half hour to an hour like once you realize there might be a chance?
I’m just sitting in the car hitting refresh on my phone a lot. I had a friend at the course that was at 9 as well. He actually called me before scores updated and said, “I haven’t seen the score yet, but a rules official came in and said that a guy had dropped back” and I said, well I’m not going to believe it until I see it on the website. I actually got in a similar way in 2014 at this course. I birdied the last 2, went home thinking I didn’t make it and got in on the number…. You just never know, weird things happen in golf, especially on the last day on the back nine at Q school.