Belen Mozo - Rookie Blog Two

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Belen Mozo of Spain poses for a portrait on March 23, 2011 at the Industry Hills Golf Club in the City of Industry, California.

Hi everyone!

I just got to Atlantic City after a rest/warm-up week in Los Angeles and San Diego.

To rewind, I had a tough finish at the Avnet LPGA Classic in Alabama where I was playing great until my ball got lost in one of the holes in the fairway left by the yardage posts with just a few holes to go on Friday. It was frustrating to miss the cut when I felt I was playing well, but this kind of misfortune happens in golf and life. It's important not to let these things bring you down. In fact, I use these challenges to make myself mentally tougher!

After Alabama, I headed back home to Spain for a week off with my family. I had so much fun with them that I had a hard time saying goodbye! Oh well, that is not new for all of us girl travelers!!:)

I played an LET event in Portugal - good field, different strategic course, but definitely so much fun. I didn't do badly, finishing 13th. From there, I packed my bags and flew over to New Jersey for the Sybase Match Play Championship. And let me tell you, what a great tournament! So proud of Sybase, the LPGA and Hamilton Farms for organizing such a brilliant event. I felt so proud to be part of such a wonderful event. I had a great week practicing alongside the best players in the world.

I like to call myself 'little sponge' because all I do is look around and observe the best players and try to absorb as much as I can. I am a true believer that to be the best, you have to go through a process, and to be able to make it through that process you need experience and a lot of maturity. To become one of the best players in the world it takes time, effort and sacrifice. This is not a sprint, we cannot force any situation, we have to work hard and be ready for whenever it comes! Oh yes, it will come - just have to persevere!:) I like that word! I loved watching them play. I learned so much about my game, my strengths and what to work on to become better and better every day. I love to push myself in my job!

In the first round, I had to play my best friend and 2010 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, Azahara Munoz. I honestly don't know what was harder - playing her or Cristie Kerr. Match play is a whole different world, and even tougher when you play your best friend. However, sometimes you've got to understand that even though you are playing against someone, it is the golf course you primarily have to beat. And that is how we played; when walking to our balls we were playing with our best friend, but when setting up to hit the shot we were playing against the golf course. It was a tough match - we both played very well. I ended up winning and advancing to the second round against Cristie Kerr. Now that was a different world! I was confident going into the day, but never really got comfortable. I think I was trying to play outside of my abilities since I was going against the former world #1. Next time I need to just play my game and treat my opponent like any other. I learned a lot that day. Great players do miss shots, but they are able to stay calm, let things go, and re-focus for the shot ahead.

Then I was invited by Golf Channel to be a guest commentator during the Sunday broadcast. What a fun experience working alongside Val Skinner and the crew. I love analyzing and observing the best players, because we can learn so much from them. I was supposed to be recreating missed shots, but Cristie and Suzann played so well I only got to recreate one shot (check out the video on facebook.com/BelenMozo).

After all these observations, I am back to practice, get some good rest, and work my booty off!! I need to get in shape for the next tourneys. I am so excited! Hope you guys like my second blog! I am thrilled to live some new experiences so I can tell you guys!!

All the best,
Belen

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