Fantastic round overall (by my standards) today. Par 71, 71.2/130, 6543 yards, ... shot a 77. I hit 7 fairways, 10 greens, and had 32 total putts. Two bad tee balls cost me (up to) 5 shots. Hit an ugly pulled driver into a tree on a short and reachable par 5, couldn't find it, and ended up with an 8. Then hooked a 3 wood on a short par 4 into some tall grass that I also couldn't find, which led to a double. Besides the 8 and 6, I had 15 fours and 1 three. I think it's a pretty safe bet I've never played an entire round on a regulation course without carding ANY 5's.
Also had two sloppy 3 putts, and one other "3 putt" from a couple of yards off the green on 3 of the par 3's. Obviously, "what if" games are silly, but it's easy to look back on this round and just pick those 3 lag putts and those 2 tee balls and recognize that I was that close to a career round. I mean, I can actually see par, or even under par, or even (holy crap!!) under 70, coming out of this round with a little more tightening up of the swing.
Really pleased with the pitching game over the course of the 4 rounds I've played in the last week. I've been giving myself great chances to get up and down (even holed one from the bunker on Friday) and thanks to the improved putting, I've been successful many times.
Things are definitely looking up.