It was a disappointing weekend for me as I had managed to get myself somewhat into contention over the first two days. After my first two rounds I was sitting on eleven under par and three shots behind. I wasn’t overly happy with the way that I had played for the first two days but I did manage to shoot decent scores so it wasn’t too bad. However, the weekend was very poor considering how the course was playing. I shot two rounds of level par, which dropped me from a position within the top ten to a tie for twenty-eighth. Overall, I was disappointed how I played. This is a course that I have performed well on in the past and so to come here and not perform is all the more disappointing.
Thursday and Friday
In practice the course was playing very easy as the rough had been burnt away and the greens were soft, as they were being heavily watered. On Thursday it was very warm even at eight in the morning and the course was playing very short. I started on the 10th hole, but a three putt bogey on my first hole was not the way that I wanted to start. I made two birdies over the next four holes to be one under with the two par fives to play. However, I played them badly, making a three putt par on the 15th and another three putt bogey on the 17th. At this stage I was rather annoyed with myself as I had given away two shots with three putts and missed out on good birdie chances. I made a birdie straight away on the 18th to get me back to one under and then quickly made another on the 1st. On the third, another par 5, I missed a six footer for birdie which was very annoying. Over the next six holes I made up only two more shots, on the 6th and 7th to end up shooting four under. It felt like a terrible score as it seemed that everyone was shooting low numbers but considering that I was level after eight holes it wasn’t too bad. On Friday I played pretty similar to Thursday but I didn’t make the same mistakes. For starters I birdied the four par fives and made two birdie two’s on the back nine. These along with birdies on the eighth and eleventh and a bogey on the thirteenth left me seven under for the day. This moved me into a tie for seventh position and left me three behind Robert Karlsson.
As I was saying, through two rounds I had managed to get myself into a decent position to challenge over the weekend. I was out late on Saturday and looking forward to the round. However from the start I hit a couple of ropey shots but I made pars on the first two and then on the third hole I went for the green in two with a three wood but I didn’t get it into the air sufficiently well enough and it came up just short in the water, which cost me a bogey. I wouldn’t get this shot back until the par five 6th, only for me to give it back again on the 8th hole after I hit it over the back and failed to get up and down. From the 9th onwards it clouded over and was looking like we would get a thunderstorm. I personally couldn’t wait for it to come so as to get off the course but it didn’t come quick enough for me as I bogeyed the 10th and 12th to go to three over for the day. The hooter went when I was walking to the 15th tee, thankfully. We had a two hour delay and when I came out again I was in a better frame of mind and played the last four holes in three under to shoot level par, with a birdie on the 15th and an eagle on the 17th. If only the rain delay came earlier!
On Sunday it was a case of the good, the bad the ugly, with four birdies and four bogies to shoot level par again. I made all the birdies on the front nine and then played the back nine in one over. I started by holing a bunker shot for a birdie and then bogeyed the second by not getting the most basic chip up and down. This was pretty much what the day was like. I hit some terrible shots, and on the 5th I failed again to get a simple chip up and down. The worst shots that I hit during the day were with my wedge. On the 8th I was hitting a smooth wedge and hit it right of the green into the water hazard to take a bogey. On the 12th hole I was again trying to hit a wedge and ended up hitting it into the bunker in front of the green and on the 13th I did the same again and made a bogey. At this stage I could wait for the day to finish, as another round of level par dropped me down the field again.
All in all it was a terrible weekend. I was delighted to be finished and looked forward to getting home. I have two weeks off now before the PGA and I have to say that I am really looking forward to my time off. I have felt very tired and flat the last couple of weeks and in definite need of a break. I have a few things to do over the next couple of weeks but most of it will be spent taking it easy. It was a great win by Robert Karlsson, he played great all week and deserved to win. He will be a great addition to the Ryder Cup team.