Back down to earth

It has been fairly quiet golf-wise since my last column. After a great run of events on the PGA Tour I am back in Europe for the summer.

Last week, I played the BMW PGA at Wentworth. Unfortunately it was my first big disappointment of the season. After shooting 68 in the first round I was feeling great about having another big week, and making my first cut in the event! By now I know that golf has a way of bringing you back down to earth every now and then, and did it ever on the Friday.

In the second round I putted poorly, hit some bad drives on the wrong holes and ended up missing the cut by two shots. And so the wait continues for weekend golf at Wentworth! Although I was gutted to miss the cut, I am still happy with where my game is. I slipped into a couple of old habits with my swing recently, but I feel like I have a strong understanding of my game now and I know what I have to do to get back on top form. Lucky for me, there is still a lot of golf to go in 2018.

I am currently in Italy getting ready for another Rolex series event, the Italian Open. We really are in the thick of the season now. I have US Open qualifying next week then we have a huge run of events: The French, Irish, Scottish, and British Opens four weeks in a row. I am not into the US or British opens yet, but I have chances to qualify for both. I really think I am ready to play in my first major so fingers crossed!

Off the course the past few months have been very special. My brother, Andy, married his gorgeous bride Steph a couple of weeks ago. Myself, my oldest brother Ric and Andy’s best mate Mark also managed to get plenty of laughs during the best man’s speech! It was more nerve racking than any round of golf I’ve played! Also, Keri and I found out in February that she is pregnant. In March we learned we’re having a girl and she is due in October.

It has been an incredible year on the course, but I’m sure nothing will compare to having a child. We are both very excited.