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Postcards From Parker - November 8, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007

Welcome to my last 2007 installment of Postcards from Parker for the PGA Tour season. It's been a fun ride for me and hopefully I've been able to share with all of you some of the interesting and unique experiences that have been a part of my 2007 PGA Tour year.

This past week was the final week of the 2007 PGA Tour. As always, it was at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. There was an interesting vibe all week. There were a lot of guys who just brought their families and were there to enjoy their week at Walt Disney. Then there were a lot of other guys who knew this was their last chance to make it into the Top 50, 125, or 150.

It was fun to play the first two rounds with Tadd Fujikawa, who many of you follow as well. It's funny that my 2007 season started at the Sony playing one group in front of Tadd, and then ended by playing with Tadd.

I thought it would be fun to give you all a bit of a season in review. So here it goes:

* My favorite tournament (outside of The Sony, of course): Wachovia in North Carolina.

* My most memorable shot: Hitting my ball out of the water hazard on the 18th hole at Wachovia, and then putting out barefooted live on CBS.

* My best shot under pressure: The up and down I made for birdie at Turning Stone on the 18th hole, knowing that the up-and-down would make me about $100,000 more. That got me from 10th place to 5th place. (My tee shot on 16 at the FBR to 6 feet was also a great experience, because I knew the crowd was ready to boo me if I missed the green.)

* My favorite weekend atmosphere: Playing in San Diego at the Buick Invitation. I played two groups behind Tiger Woods on Saturday and it was absolutely electric. The way the course was built we happened to see each other most of the round.

* My most enjoyable playing partner: Kevin Stadler is great to play with. He went to USC and I went to UCLA. He plays quickly and has a care-free attitude.

* My off-season plans: I finished the season ranked 137 on the Money List. Although many of you may think that if I'm out of the 125 I lose my playing privileges, I actually am in the 126-150 category, which gives me Conditional PGA Tour Status for 2008. That means I will probably get into 18 to 20 events. The other thing, of course, is that I'm going to the Final Stage of Q-School to try to improve my status to Full Member, which is how I got my card last year. If I make it through Q-School again, I'll be in the same place I was this year, which is eligible for almost every event on the calendar. The Final Stage of Q-School is Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and it's in Orlando this year, so keep your eye out for me

Finally, I wanted to let you all know that it has been an incredible experience for me to write these every week. I've gotten some great responses from many of you on the Islands who read this weekly. I'd love to do this again next year, but I want to make sure all of you will still be interested. If you are, I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to go to my website at www.ParkerMcLachlin.com and send me a note through there and let me know.

Thanks again for going on this incredible ride with me.


 

Postcards From Parker - November 1, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007

This is the last week of the PGA Tour season and it's been an incredible year with lots of travel, lots of new courses, lots of new cities, lots of new fans, and lots of new friends. Next week, I'll go over my "Things I'll Never Forget" postcard, but today I'm excited about writing from Orlando and the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

After a really solid tournament last week (tied for 12th) I realized that I'm never going to be a rookie out here on the PGA Tour again. You take your hits out here, and not everything is going to come up rosy. But the next time I go out and play those courses, the learning curve won't nearly be as steep. That's what is so exciting about being able to finish my first full season on the PGA Tour.

Last week's tournament was really wet and rainy. It was much like playing in Hawai'i. I think we had five different rain delays over a four-day period, and that really makes things more challenging. Yet I found that last week was probably my best ball-striking week on Tour.

When I'm striking the ball very well, you know you are going to have a really good week because I've always felt confident on the greens. With a few more breaks here and there, I'm confident that I could have been at the top of the leaderboard last Sunday. In the end, though, last week's tournament was a good marker for me to analyze my game. I scored well without any crazy chip-ins, or any holes-in-one. It was just a solid week of golf.

I feel like I've got some great momentum heading into the last tournament. I'm sitting 136th on the money list and I need to be in the Top 125 to regain full status for next season. I think that I need a Top 5, but I know that I can win. If I was sitting at 126, or 127 on the list, I'd be worrying about what everyone else is doing. Instead, I know what I need to do and that has kept me a little bit more at ease. Everything is in my hands, and as a competitor that's all you can ask for.

I took a look at the pairings just a few minutes ago, and I noticed I'm playing with Tadd Fujikawa on Thursday and Friday. It's really nice to get to play with Tadd. I'm guessing it wasn't too random that they paired the only two Hawai'i guys out here, and I'm hoping that we can both pull together some great rounds on Thursday and Friday and make it quite a weekend.


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