It’s been an interesting few weeks in golfing world!
Phil Mickelson wrote himself into the history books as the oldest winner of a major championship. As the events unfolded at Kiawah Island, it was very clear we were all watching something extremely special. Arguably given the level needed at the highest tier of professional golf, a player over 50 years of age to achieve and beat such a depth of field is something which will be very hard to be emulated ever again.
It was great to see Phil conquer the longest golf course ever recorded at a major championship tournament. The next question is – can he achieve another piece of history at the US Open and finally win the only major that has eluded him to complete his golfing grand slam? It’s worth noting he’s finished runner up 5 times before and those odds of
50/1 look pretty tempting…
The Ups and Downs of Life as a Pro Golfer
As for me, it’s been quite a ride over the last few weeks, starting in Paris playing the French Tour Qualifying School. It’s easy to believe that professional golf is all beautiful luscious fairways and first-class travel, however in reality it’s not quite the case, especially in the current world we find ourselves affected by today. Sadly, last week was a reminder it’s not. I drove for 2 days from southern Spain to northern Paris stopping off in San Sebastián, with the hope of preparing well to acquire my playing rights to play the French circuit along with the bonus of gaining some Challenge Tour invitations for the summer months. During the commute, I picked up a bad chest infection, which meant I struggled in the colder temperatures. After round 1, I made the decision to withdraw making the 20-hour drive home in the days that followed not fun at all!
The decision in part was made with the up-and-coming tournaments in mind, being 100% healthy is a must if you are looking to perform and perform well.
5 days after returning from Paris, I played in a Andalucian PGA event in Sevilla. I played well finishing 10th and further cementing my upward trend of getting my game back to a higher level. The event allowed me to put into practice some mental improvements I’ve been working on ahead of the Challenge Tour qualifier the following Monday.
Challenge de Cadiz Next Week
Like all qualifying events, they are a great opportunity to improve your categories and gain some invitations to play. I’m excited to announce that I won the qualifier to gain an invite into next week’s Challenge Tour event. A great day that now gives me the opportunity to achieve one my goals of acquiring a full status on the Challenge Tour by the end of the season.
It’s been a challenging few months, given I have come back to professional golf after a year off due to the pandemic. I knew I would need time to shake off the rust, but I feel my game is getting back to where it was pre lay off. I am very much looking forward to next week’s opportunity and for those eager to follow my journey, you will be able to watch the live scoring next week on the Challenge Tour website for the Challenge de Cadiz.
For now, that’s all from me so enjoy the fairways!
*Odds correct at time of writing.