(Image courtesy pgatour.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour Latinoamerica)
Don’t interpret this reaction from Tee-K Kelly as anything positive.
PGA Latinoamérica Tour
Tee-K Kelly had, I think, a bit of an odd and disjointed few days in Peru. First, there was the tournament scheduling snafu. It seems that Sunday October 22nd is Peru’s once-in-a decade census. Consequently, the tournament has been shortened from 72 holes to 54 holes. Unfortunately for Tee-K Kelly, the tournament ended after 36 holes.
Tee-K’s two rounds (75-69-144, Even) were 2 strokes over the cut line.
In Thursday’s round, Tee-K began bogeyed three holes, and parred six holes to make the turn at 39 (+3). He opened the back nine with four consecutive pars to stabilize the patient a bit, then birdied the short par-5 14th hole. Unfortunately consecutive bogeys on #15 and #16 moved his back nine to +1. A closing birdie on #18 got his back nine back to even and got Tee-K into the clubhouse at 75 (+3). For him to stick around for the weekend, Friday’s round would have to be a lot better.
Tee-K got Friday off to a fast start with birdies on #2 and #3 to get his round -2 and heading in the right direction. A bogey on the par-3 6th hole, his second in two rounds on that hole moved him back to -1. The round brightened up a bit with an eagle 3 on the 295 yard par-5 8th hole. A par on the ninth hole got Tee-K into the turn at 33 (-3) and even par for the tournament.
At this point, it looked like the cut line would be -2, or so, so there was still some work to be done. Tee-K birdied the par-4 12th hole and the long par-5 16th hole to get to -5 for his round and -2 for the tournament. A par on #17 got Tee-k to the last tee box (probably) needing a par to (probably) make the cut. After all, he’d birdied this hole the previous day.
Nope. Tee-K double bogeyed the hole for a round of 69 (-3). This was a very good round, but it wasn’t enough to offset first round play. This had to have been very disappointing, mildly. After a ‘meh’ opening round, he played his way back into the field, only to fall short on his last hole of he day. I guess the good news is this took place in the land of the Incas. If it’d been in the land of the Mayas, somebody’s bating heart would have been cut out of his chest.
For the second time this week I managed to get in a round in windswept conditions. It was sunny and in high 50’s, bit the issue was the wind. It was out of the SSW and South at 20 mph gusting into the low 30’s. Ball trajectories were pretty humorous today. In fact on a 160 yard par-3, hitting with the wind coming out of my 2:00 direction, the ball had three different curvatures.
It was pretty much the same drill as the round earlier in the week. Front nine went pretty well; 5 pars and 3 bogeys and a double bogey for a not-bad-considering 40. The back nine started out well enough (two of first three holes were downwind) then my fortunes, and scores shifted with the wind. The back nine 41 was okay, but exhausting. It was a good day to work on patience and maintaining a sense of humor. It was a good opportunity to practice some Zen golf.
Tee-K approximately 4,500 km southeast to Punta del Este (just east of Montevideo), Uruguay. The tournament is the Roberto De Vicenzo Punta del Este Open Copa. for the. The event is October 26-29.