Round 4 Rebel Sport New Zealand Masters
After the 4th round of the Rebel Sport New Zealand Masters I have shot a score of 72 (+1) to be 4 over total T17th. 9 greens 28 putts. The weather conditions were the same as the 3rd round – cool and windy.
Teeing off the 1st I missed the 1st 6 greens in regulation all on the fringe 1 – 3m off. I managed to hole one from the fringe of the green at the 6th for birdie and went back to back hitting an 8iron to 1m. Big chance for 3 in a row at 7 but narrowly missed. 3 putt slowed momentum momentarily but I bounced back on the 9th holing a 5m downhiller. Was pleased with that birdie hitting an approach out of a bunker from 80m especially going into the back nine.
I couldn’t get off to a hot start on the back nine. Other than the 10th where I had a 3m birdie chance I was scrambling well on 11, 12, and 13 to make pars. It was another 3 putt on the last par 5 of the round that stalled the great round I had going only being 5m away from the pin for a birdie. On the next tee with a 2iron I carved it right right into the hazard. No shot to the green from my drop I managed to find the green some how on the back to a front flag 22m away making a double bogey due another 3 putt. Hitting the last 3 greens I made all pars.
Solid week and start to the year on a tough course. Pleased with the way I striked the ball hitting 72% of greens. Too many putts averaging 31.5 which is disappointing seeing as though I have been averaging 28 to 29 putts the last 3 months and been doing plenty of practice on the flat stick. Back to the drawing board in this area before next event where I am doing the 2 stage process of Pre Qualifying for the Farmers Insurance Open. A USPGA Tour tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Stage 1 is at Carlton Oaks on the 18th of January.