Obviously I'm disappointed to not be in this yearís Masters. Since Iíve been a professional at this level Iíve always played Augusta National and enjoyed it. To be honest, itíll be quite a weird feeling not being there.
Of course Iíll miss it, but I canít blame the Masters committee for not inviting me. It is an invitational event and they have their reasons to invite somebody or not. So yes itís a little bit sad that an 18-year streak has come to an end, but I have only myself to blame. I put myself in this position by not playing well last year and thatís that. Itís not going to change my life. Itís just one of those things. Iíll be back there next year.
As I said last week, whatís more important to me just now is the fact Iíve succeeded in turning my game around. Iíve had to dig very deep but I really feel like the hard work is paying off. I went into Houston on the back of two top-five finishes and continued that kind of form there to shoot four good, solid rounds of golf.
All week I wasnít allowing myself to even think about the Masters. I just wanted to have a good tournament. Basically, my goal was to play the Shell Houston Open as good as I could and then on Sunday try to get myself into a position to win the golf tournament. I pretty much achieved that goal. I made only two bogeys all week and shot 70, 69, 69, 70 to finish in a tie for 12th place.
The pattern of my play Ė my competitive rhythm, as I like to call it Ė is so much better now than it was last year and my scores are reflecting that. My stroke average on the PGA Tour for my last 12 rounds is 69.42. All my other performance stats are heading in the right direction, too. Having had a really frustrating 12 months Iím finally taking my range game on to the course and producing some quality golf.
Thatís why any disappointment that I might be feeling this week about missing the Masters is more than outweighed by my sense of optimism about the state of my game. Itís only the first week of April and I have a long season ahead of me with lots of great tournaments to look forward to. And you know something, I genuinely feel like I can win any time I tee it up right now. Thatís exciting.
Okay, thatís about it for this update. Iíll write again next week before I make my way to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage on the famous Harbour Town Links Ė one of my favourite stops on the PGA Tour. Between now and then Iíll be working hard on my game to help give myself the best chance of getting right back in the mix again.
Bye for now.