Round 4 was quickly upon us and that sadly means it's nearly time to check out of one of my favourite places on earth, Queenstown..
Before that though I had to play the final round at The Hills. I woke this morning feeling marginally better than yesterday but still really struggling. It was not the most ideal time to get a sore throat and head cold but what can you do.
Spent time on the range warming up next to Ricky Ponting and chatting about all things sport. In a great initiative they decided to put a group of celebs together in the final day field. The group had Ricky, Stephen Fleming, Sir Viv Richards and the NZ Prime Minister John Key. This group certainly boosted the spectator numbers even with the PM playing as unlike Australia I think they love their PM over here! It was great chatting to Ricky about his upcoming coaching stint in India's IPL and to hear about some of the ins and outs of that competition. Like all the celebs I have met this week Ricky is just another guy, yes sure his cricket record is amazing but he is still just a person and if you are willing to invest and share with another person usually they respond in kind, Ricky is no different.
My day golf wise was an absolute carbon copy of yesterday, 2 over around the front nine then 3 under around the back. I struggled all day and really just plain and simply couldn't hit enough good shots consecutively to mount any sort of challenge. The only true highlight of the day was nearly acing the par 3 16th which would have netted me a new BMW!!! My tee shot landed perfectly and the ball rolled almost over the cup to the excitement of the crowd for a split second.
So 10 under for the week and lots of positives to take out from the week. It was exciting to play well and to shoot my second round of 7 under this year means a whole lot of confidence!
Thanks for supporting me this week with messages etc. I have had a ball this week and can't wait for next year already!!
A special final thanks needs to go to Naoyuki Shimizu and his caddy today Naoki Inohiza for helping me to have a wonderful week. Nao is a former Japanese baseball pitcher but he could definitely hit a ball!! We had a great week together and I look forward to a helping hand from those guys when I am in Japan later this year. Great contacts to have!!