It’s been a hectic yet enjoyable season so far for me coaching on the European Tour. Starting the season in Dubai for our regular pre- season training Jordan’s preparation got rewarded early on with great performances in the first two Rolex events followed by a 2nd place in Ras Al Khaimah. Another second came soon after following a play off defeat in South Africa. This start, along with some very consistent play, has seen Jordan stay near the top of the order of merit.
In May, I started back working with Eddie Pepperell hoping to rekindle the form he showed when we worked together in 2018/19 that had been illusive since the pandemic. Regular trips to the beautiful Queenwood to work with him have been starting to pay dividends with a recent second place finish in Scotland at Fairmont St Andrews.
June offered me a fantastic opportunity to work with another young talented professional, when Robert MacIntyre reached out to me to help him with his swing. This led to an exciting two weeks in Scotland at the Genesis Scottish Open and The 150th Open Championship. Jordan’s hole in one at The Renaissance Club winning a car for both him and his caddie was a definite highlight of that week.
The 150th Open at the Home of Golf for such an historic event was a week that I will always be grateful for. The course played much firmer and faster than we had ever seen in Dunhill Links tournaments on the regular tour. This brought with it a need for a different set of skills to be required to cope with the conditions. Striking shots from tight lies, strong winds and pace putting from more than 100ft were a few of the many differing shots that were required at St Andrews.
Having two players play the weekend at a major was a first for me and a great experience to stay for the weekend. Being able to sneak out for a couple of games during that spell at North Berwick and Elie Golf Club has reignited the passion for playing social golf. The magic of playing seaside golf at sunset despite my own erratic golf was incredible. Schedule allowing, hopefully you will see me on the course over the coming weeks.
The next few weeks are a mix of more tournaments, supporting players on the DP World Tour and coaching my clients back at Bowood. Hopefully catch up with more of you along the way. If you are at the BMW PGA at Wentworth make sure you come and say hello.