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POSTCARDS FROM PARKER - MARCH 15, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007

Aloha,

I'm back in Phoenix now after playing in back-to-back tournaments in Florida (The Honda Classic and The PODS Championship) and I'm going to spend the next two weeks going back to the basics. When you play as many tournaments in a row as I did, your fundamentals tend to get away from you a bit. I am excited to spend some time on the range and get it ironed out when for the Shell Houston Open in a few weeks. It will be good to focus in on some key facets of my game I feel have been a bit off.

Last week, at The PODS Championship, I felt that my club face was a little bit open and facing to the right on the downswing, and I felt that my putter was aiming left when I was on the green. One point I have alluded to in previous weeks is the difference in the golf courses on the PGA Tour compared to what I faced week in and out on the Nationwide Tour. Innisbrook in Tampa was no different and there is no chance to hide a weaknesses out here. You have to be sharp in every part of your game and if you are not it will show on the scorecard.

In addition to working on my game this week, I teamed up with MARS, Inc. on a program driven to help inspire kids to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Yesterday, I went to a local YMCA in Phoenix with a Sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department and we helped educate and celebrate physical fitness by maintaining a proper lifestyle and eating healthy. MARS has come out with a new line of healthy snack foods, KID-DIDITS, and it was great to talk to the kids about the importance of eating healthy. I was very lucky to get involved in sports at an early age and have parents that were active that showed me the benefits of athletic activity and healthy habits. It's great to use my platform as a professional athlete on the PGA Tour to give back and educate kids through programs such as this and to partner with a group like Mars, Inc. is an honor.

Thanks for the support,

Parker


 

POSTCARDS FROM PARKER - MARCH 8, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007

Aloha from the PODS Championship in Tampa, FL.

Earlier today I played a practice round with Chad Campbell and Vaughn Taylor, both members of the 2006 US Ryder Cup team. I was in the right place at the right time this morning, and it was a great experience to get out and play nine holes with both of those guys, because both of them have had great success recently on the Tour.

Standing on the first practice tee with them, it almost felt like it was the first round of an event. I wanted to hit my drive down the middle of the fairway, and I wanted to put my best foot forward. I made sure to watch their tempo and their rhythm and just take from them whatever I could. I didn't do a lot of asking, rather I just watched how they went around the golf course and tried to be as perceptive as I could. I played real well, hit some nice shots, and felt like I held my with two guys in the Top 30 in the World.

Out here on the PGA Tour, the golf courses are more challenging than on the Nationwide Tour. You must drive it straight out here, and it's more "position golf" than on the Nationwide Tour. Out on that tour, you can just crush a drive and then worry about how to score after that. Here, you really have to hit it down the fairway off the tee, or else you are going to have a tough time with a score better than par.

Mark Wilson's win last week at The Honda gives me a lot of confidence. Not only is Mark a former Nationwide Tour guy who now has won on the Tour, but he was in Q-School with me this past winter.

We're playing on Bermuda grass this week (same as in Hawaii) and it's the third different type of grass we've played on in three weeks. The course is in great shape and I'm really looking forward to putting all of my energy into the tournament this week because I'm taking two weeks off after this week's event to rest.

It's been a really positive first few months out here on the PGA Tour, and thanks to all of you in Hawaii for following my trip this season with Postcards!

Mahalo,
Parker


 

POSTCARDS FROM PARKER - MARCH 1, 2007
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Aloha,

Greetings from The Honda Classic in Florida, the first 2007 PGA Tournament on the east coast. Last week we played in Mexico in the town of Playa Del Carmen, one of the coolest little towns that I have ever seen. I felt like I was back in Hawaii being able to get in the ocean a few times a day really reminded me of home.

I played well in the tournament (McLachlin finished 18th, his best finish ever on the PGA Tour) and now I'm turning my attention to the east cost and the "new" Florida swing. The PGA Tour reshuffles my category (Nationwide Tour and Q-School qualifiers) after every seven events, and last week was the end of the first reshuffle. The reshuffle is based on the Money List, and higher ranked you are, the better chance you have to get into the better tournaments. I started the season ranked No. 37, and now I've moved up to No. 21. The hard work I have been putting in is paying off and I'm reaping the benefits by being able to play just about every event.

When I started earlier this year on the west coast swing I knew that every shot counted towards not only the Money List but also the reshuffle. Now that it's over with, I'm more excited about settling down and looking forward to hopefully playing in a few more events. You don't want to think about how much money you are putting for, but when you are out here are the PGA Tour you are playing for a large purse, and with each event that I play I feel a little more comfortable with the surroundings and the pressure.

I've had a few opportunities to play late on Sunday now and see my name on the leaderboard, and that's been a valuable experience. It's as if I was walking into the Ocean for the first time. I feel like I've not only got my feet wet now, but I'm slowly getting deeper and deeper. I know I'm going to draw on the experiences I have had so far this year to help me week in and week out, hopefully leading me into contention on Sunday with 9 holes to play.

My caddy situation is changing now that I'm in Florida. For the west coast swing I had a good friend of mine on the bag, Tyler Williamson. Tyler plays the Nationwide Tour and he also caddied for me at Q-School. He did a great job, but he's leaving now because that tour is about to start up. I guess the word got out that Tyler was going to be leaving because I drove into the parking lot at the Honda Classic here on Monday and had about five or six caddies came up to me in the lot and ask if they can carry my bag. So now I'm trying to see which one I feel most comfortable with. I know that finding the best caddy tomorrow isn't going to make or break my career, but having the right one is a piece of the puzzle. Over the next four tournaments I'll be "interviewing" some differing guys and finding out which guy I like best. I guess if they want my bag pretty badly I must be doing something right.

Thanks for all your support!


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