The Senior Open, St. Andrews, Scotland.
I must start out by expressing my excitement every time I play in a major championship with the best Senior players in the WORLD. It is such a privilege to be among the legends of the game and learn from them while playing next to them. I always make sure I look and learn from the best in the game.
I almost came away with a good result this week, but unfortunately, I teed off on Sunday in the group of tee times that were hit by the worst rain, cold and wind on the back nine and I struggled on the back nine with the elements as many in that group of tee times did. We all made so many bogeys, dobbelt bogeys and worse battling the weather and the tough stretch of holes.
Throughout the week my swing was slowly improving and I had great chances to be in the sixties in the first three rounds of the tournament. Shooting 69 - 73 - 73 were definitely a wrong picture of how I played the first three rounds. A mix of a few bad club decisions, bad fortune and good putts that shaved hole left me at 1 under par going in to the final round. I had great expectations of playing well in the final round. I played very well and felt great on the course until we got hit by the wet, cold and storm around our 9th hole. It went from difficult to impossible conditions and I lost the swing and feeling of my hands completely. From the 12th hole and until I stood on the 17th green it was survival mode, trying to get in to the clubhouse with least damage to my score. I played the last 8 holes six over par and a good Senior Open suddenly became a very disappointing Senior Open, shooting 78 in the last round and finishing 50th. No regrets, I did my best and I did what was possible under the circumstances.
A new chance is around the corner at this weeks Staysure PGA Championship at the London Club. New focus and I will bring the improvements from last week in to this week. I am determined to have a good week and play well.