2019 Week 27
The last few weeks have been busy and exciting.
One week after my 2nd place in the Belgian KO it was back to the Challenge Tour and the Swiss Golf Challenge near Lucerne. I didn’t play well and missed the cut. But I was excited by the prospect of playing two consecutive European Tour Events, first the BMW International thanks to my result in Belgium. I made the cut then finished down the field at tied 62.
A week later, thanks to Daan Slooter, I had an invitation to the Andalucia Open at Valderrama, a tough and beautiful course. I was hitting the ball well but I just let a few strokes get away and missed the cut by 3.
So last week it was back to the Challenge Tour and the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge. My game is in great shape and I started Round 1 with a run of 6 straight birdies, finished it on -8 and went on to lead after each of the first three days.
Then Sunday was one of those days when all the bad breaks seem to come in the same round. My birdie-birdie start to Round 4 was followed by a totally unexpected lost ball on Hole 6 and then a couple of balls which were almost perfect but which both plugged in bunkers. I finished +4 for the day, -12 overall and T-8. Disappointing after my great start.
I am optimistic, I am hitting the ball well, and close, and I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks, first in France, then in Austria where I am the defending champion. Challenging!