Boyd: Lone Star state of mind

Welcome to a season-long adventure with PGATour rookie Michael Boyd. The former Tulsa player earned his card lastyear on a wild ride through Q-School and will be sharing hisexperiences on and off the course.

SAN ANTONIO – The Fall Finish is continuing and has had some good wins so far. This past week was a mini victory for me, too. I ended a run of seven events without making a cut that dated back to the end of June at the Buick Open. It was like getting the proverbial monkey off my back, or like seeing your wife and 6-week-old son for the first time in two weeks. Well, it doesn’t compare to seeing your son, but you get what I’m saying.

This week is the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio; my wife and baby, Jax, are tagging along, and it’s nice to have some family to keep me company. I hear one of the days there will be some true southwest flair on the range as Omar Uresti’s family cooks up some enchiladas. (Between southern cooking last week in Mississippi and those enchiladas, I may make 160 pounds just yet). The ol’ game seems to be dusting itself off for the last push. I’m pretty excited about some of the things I am doing. So, I think this could be a good week for me. Eric Axley, one year removed from the Hooters Tour, won here last year, and that sounds like a good trend to keep going.

Speaking of Hooters Tour players and winning, Chad Campbell put on a good showing last week. My first year on the Hooters Tour, he dominated the tour, winning some eight times. I remember the joke was we would all chip in and pay for him to go qualify for a Nationwide event if he would just go . . . I mean, give another guy a chance. A few years later another guy would do some dominating of the winged mini-tour too, he has gone on to win a big tournament this year in April and play in a few team competitions for the U.S. Who will be the next to come from that tour and tear it up?

I know who I am hoping for.

But, you know in golf and most professional sports there are clichés we live by. Like, “Take it one shot at a time.” “Stick to your routine and see what happens.” “Give it your best and you’ve done your job.” “Control what you can control.” “Stay in the present.” They sound trite but work, and it is obvious that Tiger Woods does these things better than anyone, not to mention he has more physical skill than all of us.

You put that together and you do stuff like win the Tour Championship by eight and major championships by large margins. He is not just trying to win, he is trying to play the best he can every shot. If I can do some of that, have a few putts drop and have some fun, it could be a breakthrough week. Either way, I get to spend some time with my family and, like I said way back in the early part of the year, our standing before God, and our family and our true friends has no bearing on our golf scores. Thanks for being some of my friends this year.

Grace and peace,

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