Phil Archer


Tournaments before final push

Welcome back to my tour blog.

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog and things have moved forward but pretty slowly unfortunately. After the great week I had in Denmark I moved onto Czech Republic open in Prague,the week was I little different to last time I was in Prague as that was my stag do! But let’s not get on to that!

I worked for the week with my old caddie Jani basson who was with me for nearly 4 years from 05-08 and had some great times with him. The week went ok but I didn’t putt as good as the previous week and unfortunately after building good rounds each day I played the last 3 holes in +6 for the week. This left me in tied 30th, just playing them in level par would have given me another top 5 finish,but again it was a week where I could take lots of positives from and move on to the next week in Italy if I could get in the event!

I got the phone call on Monday afternoon that I was in Italy, playing in Turin at the royal park golf club,such a great resort with 3 great parkland courses,however it left me quite rushed with travel plans and no flights were available to Turin. Instead I flew to Geneva,hired a car, and drove to Turin which was a 3 hour drive. Driving through the mountains and through the Mont Blanc tunnel was pretty spectacular and something that I would love to do again sometime,but maybe when not playing golf.

Italy turned out to be a very quick week,I couldn’t get going at all and ended up missing the cut by 2,my whole game was ok but there was just no spark that turns things into great golf. I can only put this down to tiredness as it was my 6th tournament on the trot and I usually only play 4 at the most. not so much physically but mentally,so even though I hate missing cuts it was nice to have a little break.

Unfortunately I didn’t get an invite to either the omega masters or Klm open as it didn’t go down to my category,so it was 2 weeks off for me and hope to get into the welsh open at Celtic Manor.

In between I played in a few local events,the Andrew Murray charity pro am,which is a great day and always raises a great amount of money for really worthwhile causes,and I played in Manchester alliance with an old friend of mine from junior golf. I managed to pick up a couple of wins in them,which is always nice for the confidence,but great to play low pressure events like that and get the golf bug back again.

The Wales open went down to my category quite early so I was able to plan what I wanted to do beforehand,I sorted a good caddie out in Andy Sutton,who was on the bag when Ben Curtis won The Open at royal st George’s.

The week went ok,but the swing just wasn’t quite there and I played well in fits and spurts but some bad swings at the wrong time kept putting me on my back foot,the highlight of the golf was coming back in -4 on Friday afternoon to make the cut,showed that the fight is still there within.

What made the week special though was my family coming down for the weekend and my 2 kids Jack and Hallie coming to their first main tour event,it was great to hit balls on the range with Jack and he loved it,even though when I wasn’t looking he turned and fired one straight down the range towards the other players and scattered them,luckily it hit no one and they saw the funny side,oops!!

This little run on the main tour has moved me up the order of merit a little and I’m still within sight of getting my card back with 1 more good finish in the 2 events I have a chance of getting in,The Hong Kong open and Perth Classic in Australia,as I won’t get in the dunhill links or Portugal masters unfortunately.

I’m writing this on the plane to Italy,probably to play in my last challenge tour event this year,unless I win,and things change once again!!

I’ll check in again in a few weeks time and let you know how this week goes and how it’s looking for Hong Kong and Perth,and then which tour schools I have to go to,if any!!

Things all still up in the air really to see where I’ll be playing next year,unsettling but exciting at the same time.

Any way hope you enjoyed reading again.

Happy golfing


Phil archer

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