I pride myself on being pretty fit but I can tell you with a round to go this past month has really drained me. The trip to Scotland was a massive week and it really took its toll on me. I struggled with jet lag coming home and was definitely well below my physical best last week at the Qld Open. Adding to that is Q School, notoriously the toughest weeks of the year. No money to play for just an opportunity to hopefully play for money the following year.
I I have been pretty relaxed this week at q school which is a little odd. Usually they are stressful weeks but this year I feel like I'm playing well but also should I miss it means I get to play the Aussie PGA at home anyway. It's kind of a win win situation to be honest.
Sunnyfield GC this week is about 100km north of Tokyo and the most anxiety of the week probably came when two cars exploded in the area we were headed on Sunday afternoon. There was some thought it may have been terrorism but turned out not to be the case, thankfully.....
I have played tiis this course before and with the Qld Open on the week before it was a good thing to be able to head up knowing the course. There are a 100 players playing this week and 600 in total across 6 venues in stage 3 with roughly 30 from each venue progressing to Finals in a months time.
I I have played solidly this week with rounds of 67, 70 and 69 for a 7 under par total through 3 rounds. I am placed inside the top 30 at this stage and require one more solid round tomorrow to get the job done. After that I can put my feet up for a few days and enjoy 9 days at home before the NSW Open and Aussie Open back to back.
I I can't wait to get home for a week and enjoy catching up with my gorgeous wife Rach and my 3 awesome kids!! It's exciting to be playing a lot at this time of year but I miss them so much. I can't wait to be home!!
The he sad news of the week ha been my little mate Paul Hayden and his first crack at stage 3 q school. After progressing through stage 2 a few weeks back and playing awesome in practice this week he hasn't been able to fire up yet in the tournament. He needs a low round tomorrow, but watching his putting on Monday in practice it is very possible if his long game can produce the chances he needs. Here's hoping he has a 62/63 in him for tomorrow!!
The Aussie Summer of golf is nearly upon us and I can't wait to bring you some of the inside the ropes stories throughout the summer!!