It’s been a fun two weeks! First, I reached the quarter-finals of the Paul Lawrie Matchplay where Alejandro Canizares pipped me on the 20th hole. A week later in Denmark, some good past performances and a confidence boost from the previous week spurred me on to a tied-third finish – my best of the season so far.
The week of the matchplay was fascinating. My game was in good shape but certainly not outstanding. I was quite heavily down in my matches against Scott Jamieson and Ashun Wu but pulled off a couple of incredible comebacks. In both games the turnaround in my mindset, and as a result performance, was remarkable. I went from going about my business patiently (but getting whooped) to knowing I was going to make a comeback and win my matches. From holing 30ft putts to stiffing eight iron shots, I had enough self-belief that I was going to make those things happen. My back was against the wall and I knew what I needed to do in order to get the job done. The following week in Denmark was a special one. It is probably the tournament I have the most fun playing. The crowds flock from all over the country and create a tremendous atmosphere.
The 16th hole is a 90-yard par three with a huge natural amphitheatre around it which has become an iconic hole on the European Tour. Fans slow clap every player into the green and you can hear the roar all over the course if someone stiffs their tee shot or holes a birdie putt. It’s a massive buzz to play and the reception I received is something I’ll remember forever. My game was really solid all week and I held the lead a few times, eventually finishing third. A much-needed result and experience which secures my card for next year via the new Access List.