Tyler Wong closed the Washington Open Invitational at Glendale CC yesterday with a four-over-par 75 and a 54-hole total of 220, +7. He finished tied for 32nd, 17 shots behind winner Jeff Coston, PGA instructor at Semiahmoo.
Tyler shot a three-under 68 in Sunday's pro-am, but says he wasn't firing on all cyclinders when the championship began Monday morning. 'During the tournament proper, I just didn't have it,' he told me this morning. 'I hit a few bad drives on the easier holes which took away the chance of making birdie. The Par 5s and Par 3s really killed me. I birdied the 7th and 18th, both reachable Par 5s for me, once each and I really stunk it up on the Par 3s. I was seven-over on the short holes.'
What was very encouraging, however, and which bodes well for the rest of the summer, was Tyler's sound putting. After buying a belly putter following 40 putts in the US Open qualifier at Glendale last week, Tyler put it to work at the Washington Open and says he missed putts only because he mis-read them. 'I only hit one bad putt the whole tournament,' he adds. 'So for now it's going to stay in the bag.'
Tyler says he thoroughly enjoyed his first State Open Championship, and making the 36-hole cut (when the defending champion didn't!). 'It was a great tournament,' he says. 'I played in the sponsor pro-am on Saturday and Sunday and had a great time with my team from CHEP. We didn't play very well but it was fun. All and all it was a great tournament, and I'm glad I got to play.'