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Postcards from Parker - October 30, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008

Aloha!

I'm here in Arizona, and can't believe the 2008 season is actually over. Well, for me at least.

Last week was my last tournament of the year, the Frys.com Open. Unfortunately, I didn't play as well as I wanted to. Thursday morning I woke up in my own bed in Scottsdale, and I guess it subconsciously felt like the off season had already started. It almost felt like I was sleepwalking through the first day.

Then I got into gear on the second day. I didn't want to end the season with a bad taste in my mouth by shooting a 77, so on Friday, I shot 5-under par 65 and nearly made the cut.

The next few weeks I'll be in Arizona. My swing coach will be in town in November, and hopefully we can get a lot of work done. The offseason is a great time to address swing flaws and make some adjustments that can't be made during tournament weeks. We'll try to get my swing to try to be more consistent and solid.

Also, one of my main goals this off season is to get in the gym and get stronger so that I can handle the rigors of the 2009 season. That's going to be one of my biggest efforts.

After that, we'll be gearing up for our trip to Italy, then working hard to get prepared for the Mercedes on Maui. It's going to be really exciting to start out the 2009 season with two events in Hawai'i.

Thanks to everyone who has read the blog, sent well-wishes and supported me this season. I'm looking forward to starting strong in 2009!

Mahalo,

Parker


 

Postcards from Parker, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Aloha from Scottsdale!

We're here in my second home, Scottsdale, Ariz., for my last competitive tournament on the PGA Tour this season, the Frys.com Open. It's really nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and be at home when I come home from the course during the day.

Last week was the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Shriners Hospitals for Children was a new sponsor, and it was really cool having Justin Timberlake as a host. From what I heard and saw, Justin put a lot of time and effort into making it one of the best events on Tour.

Justin played in the Monday and Wednesday Pro-Ams, and put on a clinic on Saturday for some Shriners kids. On Friday, he put on a huge concert with a bunch of stars. I went to the concert and it was incredible. Some of the stars were Leona Lewis, Boyz II Men, Rihanna, 50 Cent and Lionel Richie. The concert raised more than $1 million for Shriners Hospitals.

I spoke with Timberlake several times. Even considering how big a star he is, he was a normal, level-headed guy and was really down to earth. The PGA Tour is fortunate to have someone like him who put so much effort into making this event a success.

On the golf course, I felt like I played pretty well. Any time you shoot four rounds in the 60s it's a huge confidence booster. Of course, it's a bummer that so many other guys were playing so well too! But overall, I felt my game was going in the right direction. I thought I made some great progress with my golf swing. Even though it's the end of the year, this should be a solid carry-over into next season.

Like I said, this week is my last competitive event on Tour. It has been a long year, so it will be nice to take a couple of months off and be at home. Kristy and I will be in Arizona the entire month of November, then during the same week as Q-School, we're going to Italy. We'll do some wine tasting and hang out around Rome.

Hopefully this will be a good, strong week and we can finish the 2008 season on the right note.

Mahalo,

Parker


 

Postcards from Parker - October 16, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Aloha from the bright lights of Las Vegas. We are here for the first Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He's a huge golf fan and it's great to have him be a part of the PGA Tour.

I've played in two tournaments since my break during the end of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs, Turning Stone Resort Championship and the Valero Texas Open. I have fond memories of the Turning Stone Resort, where I had my best finish on the PGA Tour in 2007 (T-5th). This year the event was a few weeks later, and while it was nice to see the colors of fall in upstate New York, I wasn't quite as excited about the brutally cold conditions. My three weeks prior to the event were spent relaxing in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Hawai'i, so the 40 degree temperatures were a little bit of a shock. I didn't have as much success as last year, but it was nice to get back out on Tour and see my game start to sharpen after some time off.

We headed west to San Antonio, where we were welcomed by some great warm weather. I was able to put in some long hours with my coach and sports psychologist, and although the results weren't quite evident, I'm really excited to get going in Vegas this week.

I really enjoy the atmosphere and energy in Las Vegas. It's great that the PGA Tour comes here and it offers some unique opportunities to enjoy your time away from the golf course. The tournament itself and the players are very relaxed, and for at least this week we have lots of things to talk about and do other than just play the tournament.

For example, Timberlake is giving a private concert for players and families on Friday, which we are all looking forward to. On Monday, I met him at the golf course and we chatted for about 10 minutes. He's a very nice, down-to-earth guy, and it's cool to have him around for the week bringing more publicity to the event, and it's wonderful cause.

Mahalo,

Parker


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