Back on home turf

It’s the Monday following the conclusion of the British Masters and I’m sitting in our lovely accommodation in St Andrews getting ready for a fresh week at the Alfred Dunhill Links.

First up, I have to congratulate everyone at Close House for running a superb event. The feedback from the players was overwhelmingly positive. They enjoyed the course and all of its facilities as well as spending time in Newcastle. I felt very proud to say this was a home event. Every player I saw also commented on the incredible atmosphere the fans created. Well done guys!

It was a disappointing week for me golf-wise. I missed the cut by two shots after a really solid 67 on Friday, which was unfortunately preceded by a 73. To be perfectly honest, the first round was miserable for me. I was so desperate to put on a good show for the home support that I completely stifled myself. I could barely eat my breakfast in the morning and had the most nerves I have for years. The expectation I placed on myself was ridiculous and it caused me to start really poorly.

I was upset the entire round because I felt like I was letting everyone down, which sounds even more ridiculous as I actually type it out!

The second round was a different story. I knew I could still make the cut and I was determined to enjoy myself while I did it. I played with so much more freedom and played almost flawless golf. I came up short in the end but I could have easily made the cut. The most satisfying part was that I absolutely loved it. I felt as though I was showing people what I was capable of.

A disappointing result but another important lesson learned. I am certainly guilty of putting too much expectation on myself and that’s exactly what happened. It is something all golfers have to deal with and I feel I am better equipped to deal with that situation when it arises in the future.

Thank you again to everyone for the support. I am very proud to be from the North East.