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POSTCARDS FROM PARKER - FEBRUARY 21, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Aloha,

I just wrapped up my first ever "West Coast Swing" and I'm now at home getting some rest and enjoying a week off. I've played four of the past five weeks, and it's good to know that I made two of four cuts, missed the other two by just one shot and have two Top 25's this season.

I have a lot of memorable experiences: from the great support at the Sony, my first ever hole in one in competition at Torrey Pines, the wild and crazy fans at the FBR to all of the celebrities of the AT&T. It's been quite a journey already.

For the most part, everyone that I have either met or played a practice round with this season has been extremely welcoming onto the PGA Tour. I thought the camaraderie would be different from the Nationwide Tour, but everyone I met has been really nice. Veterans who have been on this tour for 10-15 years make me feel welcome, and they are always offering their support. Guys like Brad Faxon, Jerry Kelly, and others have all come up to me and let me know that are glad to have me out here.

I'm taking this week (The Nissan Open) off as I get ready to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico next week, and then I will head east to Florida to play in The Honda Classic and The P.O.D.S Championship in Tampa. The week of rest and relaxation couldn't come at a better time and I'm excited about recharging my battery for the next few events. I feel like rest and staying mentally and physically sharp are keys to success and are often overlooked. The best player in our game (Tiger Woods) often takes 3-4 weeks off because he knows he needs to be sharp both mentally and physically to reach his peak performance. Each player is different, Vijay Singh can play 35 events a year and that's what works for him, I perform at my best when I find a good balance of playing and rest.

The PGA Tour "reshuffles" players like myself who earn their PGA Tour card from either the Nationwide Tour or Qualifying School. I started the season as 37th on the reshuffle list (which means 36 of 62 players would qualify for PGA tour events before I would) but now, after the two Top 25's, I've moved up to 20th place on the list. The last tournament before the official reshuffle is Mexico, so I'm continuing to work on improving that number, hence getting into more events.

Besides that, I'm just getting my game in shape for the heart of the season, and will take full advantage of the next week or so off. Congratulations to my brother Spencer's basketball team, Punahou, which won the IOH Championships this past Thursday, beating 6-Time defending champion Iolani, advancing to the State tournament. I'm proud of you Spence.

Mahalo,

Parker


 

POSTCARDS FROM PARKER - FEBRUARY 15, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007

Greetings from Pebble Beach.

I am here at the AT&T after playing in the Buick (San Diego) and the FBR (Scottsdale, Ariz.). This is my third PGA tournament in a row, but I can definitely get used to traveling from San Diego to Phoenix to Pebble Beach.

It was nice to be in Scottsdale last weekend in front of a lot of family and friends.

I played in the AT&T last year, so it's nice to be back in familiar territory and play courses that I know and enjoy playing.

Golf is a game of confidence and I think that finishing in the top 25 the past two weeks has been a real confidence booster.

Also, seeing all of the Nationwide Tour guys that I played with last year do so well this year (guys like Andrew Buckle and Jeff Quinney) shows me that if they can do it, I can do it, too.

Last week's FBR Open calls itself the "Greatest Show on Grass." It lives up to those words. It was quite an energetic week to say the least. The fans were boisterous and excitable and the scene on the weekend around the par-3 16th hole was one of the coolest experiences that I've ever had on a golf course.

When you first walk to the 16th hole it's like being in the movie "Gladiator" where you walk through a tunnel and enter this stadium that is the golf hole.

The hole is surrounded by grandstands and you feel like you're literally inside of a stadium hitting a golf shot in front of 50,000-plus people. It's one of the greatest thrills in all of golf.

If you hit the green all of the fans cheer for you, and if you miss the green they boo you. I hit the green both times over the weekend — Saturday to about 6 feet and Sunday to about 20 feet, and I made par both days.

On Saturday, I missed my birdie try by inches. This is my rookie year on the tour, and I expected to go through some new experiences. The crowd booed me for missing the birdie putt. That was a first.

Thanks for the support.


 

POSTCARDS FROM PARKER - FEBRUARY 8, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007

Greetings from Pebble Beach.

I am here at the AT&T after playing in the Buick (San Diego) and the FBR (Scottsdale). This is my third PGA Tournament in a row, but I can definitely get used to traveling from San Diego to Phoenix to Pebble Beach.

It was nice to be in Scottsdale last weekend in front of a lot of family and friends.

I played in the AT&T last year, so it's nice to be back in familiar territory and play courses that I know and enjoy playing. Golf is a game of confidence and I think that finishing in the Top 25 the past two weeks has been a real confidence booster. Also, seeing all of the Nationwide Tour guys that I played with last year do so well this year (guys like Andrew Buckle and Jeff Quinney) shows me that if they can do it, I can do it too.

Last week's FBR Open calls itself the "Greatest Show on Grass." It lives up to those words. It was quite an energetic week to say the least. The fans were boisterous and excitable and the scene on the weekend around the Par-3 16th hole was one of the coolest experiences that I've ever had on the golf course.

When you first walk to the 16th hole it's like being in the movie "Gladiator" where you walk through a tunnel and enter this stadium that is the golf hole. It's a hole entirely surrounded by grandstands and you feel like you're literally inside of a stadium hitting a golf shot in front of 50,000+ people. It's one of the greatest thrills in all of golf. From the second you hit it the crowd starts screaming.

If you hit the green all of the fans cheer for you, and if you miss the green they boo you. I hit the green both times over the weekend - Saturday to about six feet and Sunday to about 20 feet, and I made par both days. On Saturday, I got up to six-footer and missed my birdie try it by inches. This is my Rookie year as a member of the PGA Tour, and I expected to see go through some new experiences. The crowd booed me for missing the birdie putt. That was a first. I can't recall ever being booed on a golf course before. Thanks for the support.

Mahalo,

Parker


 

POSTCARDS FROM PARKER - FEBRUARY 1, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Greetings from Scottsdale, Ariz., where I'm preparing for the FBR Open after an exciting week at The Buick Invitational in San Diego.

It was nice to get back on the golf course last week, my first event since the Sony Open.

From the minute I got to Torrey Pines I realized that this was a golf course on steroids. The South Course, which I played Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, will host the U.S. Open in 2008, and it played to over 7,500 yards, the longest I had ever played in competition.

I started Thursday knowing that anything under par would be a solid score. The round turned on the third hole (my 12th of the day) when the fans witnessed my first-ever competitive hole-in-one.

I hit a 6-iron from 186 yards that rolled right into the hole. I was 1-over par heading into the hole, and 1-under after I left. That was a big lift, especially considering how tough it was to be under par on the course.

Friday was special because we announced my partnership with the Waikoloa Beach Resort. I've always been proud to represent Hawai'i, and it means a lot to me to partner up with Waikoloa. Also on Friday, I shot a 67 and moved into the third-to-last group on Saturday.

It was a thrill to be in the hunt on the weekend, and it was calming to see some familiar faces from the Nationwide Tour in contention as well. Tiger Woods went off a few groups ahead of me. With the way the golf course was routed, our paths crossed routinely on Saturday. His crowds were enormous, and you could feel the electricity.

Although the golf course showed its teeth on Saturday, the day wasn't totally disappointing because I found out when I finished that I had received a sponsor's invite to play in Arizona in the FBR Open this week. It is a thrill, because I've played here so many times.

I went out Sunday determined to post a good number and end the week on a positive note. I really played well and was able to move up into the top 25 and have some momentum going into this week.


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