Getting the juices flowing again

As I write, I’m sitting in Manchester Airport waiting for my flight to Orlando after a long week in Hamburg, and I’m exhausted.

I’m fatigued following a combination of finally playing four rounds in a row and averaging about three hours sleep the past three nights – the former due to weather delays and a cancelled Easyjet flight.

It was a disappointing end to what could have been a great week in Germany. I played lovely in the first round and was tied for second place. The week then slowly slipped away from me and I finished 55th.

My main source of disappointment is that I feel like I played well for most of the week and wasn’t rewarded for it. That’s golf though – sometimes you do all the right things and it doesn’t work out.

The result may have been poor but there were a lot of positives. I drove the ball as well as I have for a long time and I got up near the lead for a while, which got the juices flowing again! I felt as though I was enjoying golf, which I haven’t been doing for a while now. I have turned a corner with my game and I feel very confident of a strong finish to the season. I’m not in a great spot on the Race to Dubai but that has seemed to spur me on the past couple of years!

I have two weeks off before the Paul Lawrie Matchplay in Germany followed by the Made In Denmark tournament – two great events on golf courses that I know well. I’ll spend a week resting up, spending time with my wife Keri and cooking on my Big Green Egg. Then it will be back to work. I feel good about where my game is going; it’s just a case of working hard and taking my chances when they come.