I’ve played four events in Australia and China since my last update. The first tournament was the new Northern Territory PGA on the PGA Tour of Australasia. This was the first year the tournament has been conducted and it appeared to be a big success for all involved.
It was my first trip to the Northern Territory and to Darwin. After 5 weeks break from Tournaments I was more than ready to begin competing again. My best memory from the week was the discipline I showed when playing to my plan for the week. I was happy to be back playing and finished T28th with scores of 68,71,74,70. I really enjoy visiting somewhere new and Darwin was no different. I enjoyed the relaxed nature of the locals and the contrasting warmth to Melbourne’s winter.
Two weeks following Darwin I travelled to China for the start of the second half of the season. This would see me play 3 events in Kunming, Chongqing and Beijing. I began my trip rather slowly with a missed cut in Kunming after rounds of 75 & 73. I welcomed the opportunity to reset before the week in Chongqing and went about my preparation work for the following week. A subtle but important shift in mindset following the first round helped me get back on the right track. After a wet start in Chongqing and a round of 73, I went and played some of the best golf of my career. Shooting scores of 67,66 and 67 to finish in a Tie for second place on -15. The best memory from my week in Chongqing was the way I played FEARLESS golf. Giving no emphasis on the outcome and all my attention on the process.
From Chongqing we moved on to Beijing and played at the foot of the mountain range that showcases the Great Wall of China. I was looking forward to the opportunity of playing another event following a good performance in Chongqing. My week began in strange circumstances with what can only be described as a couple of rollercoaster rounds of 72 and 69. Continuing my good play from the previous week was certainly evident with making 10 birdies and 2 eagles in my first 36 holes. However I was just lacking some of the mental discipline I had shown the previous week. Over the weekend I managed to tidy up this area and finish with rounds 70 and 67. The highlight of the week was the ability to hit the corrects shot shapes when required under pressure. I will never forget the 3 iron I hit from 226m off a hanging lie in the pouring rain on the 14th hole in the final round. The ball finishing 3m from the flag on the toughest par 4 on the course.
To finish my trip off strongly with a bogey free round on Sunday was also incredibly rewarding. With weather delays in each of the 3 events the trip had been full of long days at the golf course. My final round included hitting all 18 greens in regulation. Something I hadn’t done for a long time. To achieve a round like this after such a long 3 week trip was very satisfying and I ended up Tied 13th for the week on -10.
Now back in Melbourne I am preparing for the 1st stage of European Q-school in the North of France. I begin the quest for my European Tour card next Tuesday the 27th. Scores can be found here.
Following my week in France I will be playing in the Fiji International on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Followed by a week off and then the Queensland Open in Brisbane.
Thank you al for the support and messages in the last month. I look forward to continuing to play FEARLESS Golf!