20 August 2014
Welcome to my blog for my new website!
I will be trying to do a blog every few weeks,just explaining where I’ve been and how I’ve played for the rest of the year. And what a week to start! Last week was The MADE IN DENMARK OPEN at HIMMERLAND GOLF CLUB on The European Tour..
I have to say from arriving on Tuesday lunchtime for the tournament you could tell how much work had been put into organising this event,and to hear they had sold all 80,000 tickets released you just new it was going to be a great tournament.
However things didn’t start that well on arriving,I was planning to play a practice round on Tuesday afternoon and do a bit of practice,but on arriving a thunder storm covered the course and hung around until gone 5pm so that scuppered any plans of playing or practicing. Instead, I headed off to my accommodation for the week,which was a house in Aalborg.I stayed there with a couple Morten Weiss and Britt Morten who also ended up caddying for me for the tournament.
After a early morning stroll around the course to get to know it,(I couldn’t play it as Wednesday is pro am day)I liked the way the course was set up straight away and had a good feeling about the week. An afternoon of practice then lay ahead to continue the swing thoughts I’d been working on the last few weeks that felt good,however for the first couple of hours it felt awful and I couldn’t get a consistent flight going at all,but I knew it wasn’t far out and after a while I found a feeling with the swing that felt very good,which I placed into my pre shot routine for the week. I left the range feeling great,and after couple of hours of short game and putting I felt very confident for the week ahead.
For the first 2 rounds I was drawn with Brinson paulini(USA) and wade Ormsby(AUS), teeing off at 14.10pm on day 1. Arriving at the course Thursday lunchtime it was very windy with gusts up to 30mph at times so it was going to be a battle all day long. I played very solid all day,controlling the spin on the ball great in the wind and went round in 70(-1) to lie tied 5th,great start!
The next day was very much the same weather wise,and again was a day for being very patient on the course and sticking to my routines and game plan. Morten was excellent both days on the bag and is a very positive person in general so it was great to chat with him round the course and he played a big part in keeping me focused in the tough winds. I ended the day again with 70(-1) finishing tied 7th at the end of play,the cut coming at +4,with only 7 shots separating 2nd to last place, Bradley Dredge playing lovely with a 5 shot lead on -8.
I have to say at this point the crowds that we had at the tournament were fantastic,not only with their support for their home players but for every player,they knew when to applaud and also when to give a sympathetic ohh! When things didn’t go right for somebody,for me this makes a good tournament great!
Going into the weekend I was in the 3rd to last group,playing with Daniel Im(USA) and Emiliano grillo(ARG) This was the toughest day of all with gusts of wind up to 35mph, and it was a day for holding on. After a shaky start I found my feet and played very nicely for a level par 70,and this ended at tied 4th going into final day. The field had now spread out a bit with some high scores in the strong winds,which was not hard to do!
In the final round I was playing with Simon Wakefield(eng) and Stuart Manley(wal) which was great as I have played with them numerous times before and get on well.
Sunday was a big day for me,as I have not been in contention on main tour for quite a while and was interested to see how I would handle it. Again it was very windy,I was quite nervous on the first tee,but having hit it well on the range felt ok and after playing a lovely fading 3wood into the wind straight down the middle I relaxed straight away.
First 3 holes I had good chances but could convert them but I holed a 40 footer on 4 that got me going. I felt really comfortable being in contention and definitely fell back onto my experiences from few years ago,which helped me play some great golf. Morten was once again really positive and kept me in a great mood all the way round,especially on the last hole when I felt very nervous as was lying 3rd on my own at this point and a bogey would have dropped me into 4th tied with 3 other players. When I worked it out a par on the last was worth €30,000,so to put 2 great swings on it and make a comfortable par was very pleasing
When looking back on the day and watching it at home the next day,I had lots of chances to be contending for the title,however it wasn’t to be and many really good putts just wouldn’t drop. I left Denmark with a bag full of positives, a new friend in Morten and lots of self belief. Also some really good memories from the crowds,especially the par 3 16th hole where 8000 spectators cheered and applauded from tee to green every player and every shot,I can honestly say one of the best holes I’ve played in my career!thank you!
I now move onto Czech Republic for the D+D Real Czech Open with a new agenda on my mind of getting my full card back on main tour for next year. I will check in again in couple of weeks to let you know how that goes and hopefully have more positive news to share. Thanks for reading,hope you enjoyed my insight into tour life.