I wish I could have spent a few hours writing up a great tribute to Payne Stewart, one which would do him justice.
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of his death in that strange accident on that private plane. I just spent a few minutes explaining to my lady who Payne Stewart was and darn near started crying as I showed her pictures of his fist pump and some youtube videos of him. I was especially somber when I told her about his 1999 U.S. OPEN win when he beat Phil Mickelson, then cupped Phil’s face in his hands and told him “you’re going to be a father.” Tissue please. Wow.
It would have been so great for Payne’s life and career to continue, rather than ending so suddenly. It would have been great to see how many more major championships he would have recorded in the last 10 years, and how many times he would have gone head to head with Tiger Woods. I doubt he would have succumbed to that fear other players had when they play against TW.
Six days ago I threw my back out. Last time I threw it out, it took two weeks for the pain and spasms to subside and my game was a wreck when I came back.
This week I tried my new inversion table (where you hang upside down like a bat) for the first time, and I’m back on the course already (yesterday) and in the ZONE. I really only felt pain for the first 1-2 days this time, compared to 13-14 last time. I really hope the decompression of the spine on the inversion table is the answer to the back problems…
Yesterday I played 11 holes and shot -3. I had 5 birdies, two on the last two holes. Then today I picked up right where I left off. I played the back nine again. I started out birdie, birdie, par, birdie, birdie. At that point I’d had NINE BIRDIES IN 16 HOLES! By the time I finished #15 and my eighteenth consecutive hole, I was at -7 for that stretch. I ended up -5 for my last 20 holes.
Winter is coming. In fact, it may have arrived on #16 today. It was warm earlier but the winds kicked up and it got cold, fast. Very cold.
I’ll have more info on the inversion table and what it is about, and hopefully many more birdies to brag about soon.
My back has gone out again. This time I went to a local doctor who is doing laser treatment as well as spinal decompression. It is a big deal for me to go to a doctor, but I’m getting sick of missing golf and being in stabbing pain.
I’m also trying something new. I now have an inversion table. I just set it up yesterday. You basically “hang upside down” and let your body weight decompress your spine.
Between the doc and the inversion table, I’m doing much better one day into the tweak than I normally would.
Volvo and IMG have partnered with the Seve Ballesteros Foundation at the 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship, held at Finca Cortesin Resort and Golf Course in Casares, Spain, October 29-November 1.
Ballesteros’ foundation helps fight cancer, brain tumors, and also provides opportunities for disadvantaged young golfers. His foundation will be the the tournament’s official charity.