It's been about six weeks since the PGA's last reshuffle, which as you will recall, re-ranked me pretty much at the very bottom of the list.
Not this time.
I was reshuffled again on Monday and I moved up 47 spots from 51st to 4th. For those who are into golf trivia, that's a PGA record. (The previous record was set by John Merrick who moved 42 spots in one reshuffle in 2008.)
On the one hand, it's great to see my name shoot up near the top of the list. It means I'm going to play in some tournaments that a few weeks ago I had completely written off. It also means that I'm going to be busy and traveling a lot, which is what every rookie wants.
On the other hand, it's important for me to keep in mind why I moved up 47 spots: I went from playing really crappy to playing really well. I'm definitely celebrating my new ranking -- but here's hoping that I don't get myself into a position where I have to move so many spots again.
It's like I told a group of junior golfers I visited a couple of weeks ago at the Bradley Johnson Foundation Tournament: It doesn't matter if you love or hate the way you play; you have to find a way to learn from it regardless.
When I told the audience of about 400 kids, parents, and coaches that the key to getting better is gaining more experience, one of them aptly responded by shouting out: "And experience comes from messing up!"
I had to laugh. Yup, that's exactly right. I hope I learn a little faster next time.