2019 Week 23
What a difference a few days can make.
Last weekend I achieved by far the biggest result of my pro career with 2nd place in the Belgian Knock-out, a European Tour event organised by Thomas Pieters.
I was able to make the best of the tournament format, two days of strokeplay where I finished T-5 on 8 under par, which earned me a seeding in the following two days Medal Matchplay. Not that the seeding brought me much of an advantage because I was drawn against some well-known names who are well placed in the 2019 Race to Dubai rankings. But I continued to play well in the first 5 knock-out rounds, managed to avoid any play-offs and found myself in the final. There Guido Migliozzi played incredibly well, hitting the ball miles and straight. On the 3rd hole I missed a makeable birdie putt which would have given me a one stroke lead and put some pressure on Guido, so in the end I had to be content with 2nd place.
On top of a big cheque my 2nd place in Belgium also earned me an invitation to the BMW International, also a European Tour event in the third week of June, which I have decided to take up.
But my focus remains the Challenge Tour, this week the Swiss Challenge at Golf Sempach near Lucerne.
Up until last weekend I was reasonably happy with my start to the Challenge Tour season. A 3rd place in the first ranking tournament of the 2019 season, The Turkish Airlines Challenge, and tied 15th in the D+D Czech Challenge were good enough to keep me in the top-15 of the Challenge Tour rankings.
I’ve been striking the ball well but my putter has been a bit “hot and cold” which cost me the cut in Spain and a better finish than my T-45 in the Prague Challenge.