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Postcards From Parker - January 31, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Aloha from Scottsdale,

It's funny how life works. I got sick a few weeks ago and had to miss the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. That Saturday afternoon, as many of you know, my dad (KFVE sports analyst Chris McLachlin) had a stroke. If I had been playing that week and found out on the golf course, it would have been a huge challenge for me to get up to Stanford in a moment's notice. Luckily, I missed the tournament and was able to fly up there from Phoenix as soon as I possibly could.

Since we are on the subject of my dad, I want to reach out to all of you who have been reading about his stroke and his recovery. I'm happy to report that he's doing much better and we all expect a full recovery. He was released from the hospital late last week and I'm happy to report that while his energy isn't as high as it normally is, his goal is to walk Pebble Beach with me next week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. I really want to thank all of the Hawai'i 'ohana that has been so supportive over the past few weeks.

Last week I tied for 29th at the Buick Invitational. It was Tiger Woods' debut. Tiger's win was impressive considering the strength of last week's field. I struggled a little bit from an energy standpoint because of what was going on with my dad, but some weeks you understand that not everything is lining up the way you want it to and you still go out there and give it your best shot and see what happens. I talked to my dad and he wanted me to play last week so I went out and, knowing that I didn't have a full tank of gas, tried my hardest.

One of the things that you notice about Tiger is that he didn't have his best stuff off the tee, but he was able to make up for it with great iron play and putting. That's where I am striving to get to. When I don't have it in one area of my game I'd like to have other areas excel and be really sharp.

This week I'm in Scottsdale, but I'm not playing because it's a small field. On a good note, that frees up my schedule to attend the Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Giants. I'm really looking forward to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am next week. It's one of my favorite stops on Tour and I'm looking forward to playing a practice round on Tuesday with my new friend, George Lopez, whom I met at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Mahalo for now, and thanks again for all your support.

Parker


 

Postcards From Parker - January 17, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008

Aloha from Scottsdale,

I'm writing to you all from Arizona this week because after last week's incredible experience, I caught a bit of the flu and I just had to pull out of this week's Bob Hope Classic. I will, however, be ready to go for the Buick Invitational in San Diego next week.

The 2008 Sony Open was a tournament I'll never forget. I could not have imagined a better way to start my year. For everything that the people of Hawai'i and the people at the Sony Open have done for me over the years it was just really nice to come out there last week and give everyone on the Islands a top-10 finish at such a great event.

This has always been a tournament that means so much to me. As many of you know, I grew up working around that golf course, and on Thursday, when I started out poorly (4-over through my first six holes), I really had to stay mentally strong and recognize that there was a lot of golf left in me that week.

Midway through my round on Thursday there was a point where my experience from playing on the PGA Tour last year really helped me. Instead of starting to press, I knew that I had time to overcome the rough start, and I was able to hold it together Thursday and then come out Friday and birdie the last hole to make the playing cut by one shot. I really wanted to get to the weekend, especially because so many of you were out there cheering me on.

On the weekend, seeing that I was the only Hawaiian in the field on Sunday, I really felt that the eyes of the Islands were on me, and I could feel so many of your emotions with every one of my shots. Waikoloa, one of my Hawaiian sponsors, even made these "Go Parker" hats that I must have seen hundreds of fans wearing all weekend. The support from all of you local fans was truly incredible.

I know that I have to keep these postcards short, but I can't express to all you fans my gratitude for your support this past week. To my friends and family and to fans new and old on the Islands, you made the 2008 Sony Open one of the most surreal — and special — weeks of my life. Hopefully, the 2008 season will be magical, and we can all say that we were there together for the first week of it all.

Mahalo for now, and I can't wait to check in with you all after next week's Buick Open.

Parker


 

Postcards From Parker - January 10, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008

Aloha,

I can't tell you how excited I am to be writing these postcards again for the 2008 season. The response I received from so many of you loyal readers was overwhelming and I'm thrilled to do these again in 2008. Normally, I'm sending in my postcards from all over America, but this week it won't take long for the postcard to arrive, as I'm writing from right here in Honolulu and the Sony Open.

This off-season wasn't as long as I hoped it would be with a trip to Q-School, but I'm back where I always wanted to be: The Sony Open and the PGA Tour.

I'm excited to say that I'm maintaining my great relationships with Waikoloa, Oakley and Titleist, but I'm also real excited to start a new 2008 relationship with Citigroup. Citigroup is making the jump on to the PGA Tour, and to be a part of its first group of golfers is an honor.

There is a ton of excitement this week. Every year I get to play here is special. I literally grew up on this golf course — whether it be learning how to play the game on the range as an 8 year old, or working at the course throughout high school — and it's a dream come true to be able to tee it up at the Sony Open.

Now that this is my second year on Tour, I feel that I belong out here. It took me a while to understand that, and it took me a while to believe that I can compete on this stage. Now that 2008 is upon us, I have that belief that when I tee it up, I can win.

I look forward to seeing everyone out there this week at the course. I can't wait for a great 2008, and a great year of Postcards from Parker. I will see you all here on Thursday, and see you on www.ParkerMcLachlin.com during the week.

Mahalo,

Parker.


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