Chase Seiffert takes momentum to Torrey Pines
Panama City Beach native Chase Seiffert is coming off a pretty good week, admittedly one which could have ended even better.
Seiffert finished a season-best T-21st at The American Express in La Quinta, California last weekend, his 15 under for the tournament netting approximately $63,000.
The Mosley and Florida State alum shot 66-67-67 in the first three rounds, beginning Sunday tied for 4th. A 1 over 73 dropped him outside the top 20.
"Overall it was a good week," Seiffert said. "I kind of started out hitting the ball best on day one and then I slowly got a little worse each day, but I was still scoring well.
"Sunday it was nice to be in that second to last group. It was a cool experience. I felt good, I just wasn't hitting the ball very good early on. Got into some trouble and then started correcting the ship there on the back nine, but it was a little too late at that point. Overall, it was still a good week and finally cracked the 120 on the FedExCup. So yeah, I'll just keep climbing and building on that."
The FedExCup standing determines whether or not he makes the year end playoffs. If the year ended now, he would be locked into the first event, The Northern Trust.
Even though his didn't play his best golf in the final round at PGA West, he arrived at Torrey Pines Monday with a bit of confidence for the tournament ahead after dealing with a week's worth of pressure.
"I feel like I handled it really well. I wasn't overly nervous or anything. I just didn't have my best stuff, but it's a kind of bad day to have it. I would have rather shot the one over the first round, then play six under, five under, five under after that. But no, every time you put yourself in a position you'll be able to handle it better going forward and I really learned a lot. You've just got to be patient. I wanted to play well pretty badly and maybe I got a little impatient and was pressing a little too much, and didn't quite let it come to me."
Seiffert moving from the California Desert to iconic Torrey Pines near San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open, beginning Thursday. He won't get the opportunity to play a practice round at both the North and South courses, so he's actually studying Google Earth and Youtube videos of one of Tiger Woods' wins there to get to know the holes better.
He'll tee off at noon central, 10 a.m. local time with Matthew NeSmith and Eddie Olson.