Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort, Italy. European Senior Tour.
Italy is high on my list of favorite places in the world, even more so after this week :).
We all knew the weather forecast was very bad from Saturday evening till Monday afternoon. There was a very high possibility that the tournament would only be two rounds, and that is exactly what happened. We teed off early Saturday morning from two tees to make sure all would finish the second round before the rain, thunder and lightning hit. Two rounds of 69 put me into tied for 3rd after two rounds, one shot behind the leaders going in to Sunday.
We warmed up Sunday and played 4 holes before play was suspended because of rain. I was level par for the third round and was playing really well. Shortly, after we all came back to the clubhouse, the third round was abandoned and the final result would stand after two rounds. I am very happy to finish 3rd, and jump 6 places on the order of merit to 24th place. Most of all, this has given me a lot of confidence that I am on the right track.
After my disappointment last week in England, I was focused on only one thing this week, do my very best on every shot I hit and accept the outcome. I didn't play great, hit a lot of good shots, but nothing better than I have done a lot of weeks this year. The difference was, I only missed one short putt the first two rounds. I also made two putts in the second round, one of them when it most mattered, from 25 feet on the last hole to get to 6 under par....:):):) It was such a good moment for me and finally I got something out of a round of golf. It has been a long wait, and is giving me a boost of motivation for the rest of the season. I will certainly built on this and return to the European Senior Tour in Paris with confidence in the bag.
Before Paris, I will travel to Switzerland for a tournament on Friday and then on to Florida Sunday for a week. I also have to mention what a long week it has been for our friends and neighbors in Florida, with hurricane Irma paralyzing the state. We have constantly been in contact with our neighbors throughout the week, luckily we weren't hit as hard as predicted. Hurricane Irma turned east about 100 km before our neighborhood. Irma's path was suddenly through the middle of the state, and that meant it lost intensity. It hit us being a hurricane 2 instead of a hurricane 4. We are grateful for this and wish for everyone in Florida and the neighboring states a fast recovery to a normal every day life.
Lots of thoughts to all,