Today (Friday) I shot a second round of 68, three under par which was so much better than my first round in the Soudal Open in Belgium on the DP World Tour.
My 36-hole score of one over par, looks like missing the cut with a few groups still on the course, as I write this diary, with the predicted cut at one under par.
My first nine holes yesterday (Thursday) of six over par 42, just through my whole game out of balance.
I cannot recall the last time I shot such a score.
However, I am proud of how I responded and played the last 27 holes in five under par, which on its own, as I write this Daily Diary, lies in tied 12th.
It just shows you how every nine holes and every shot deserves a player’s 100% attention.
My playing partners for the first two days, Belgium’s Thomas Detry (+4) and Shubhankar Sharma (Ind) (+5) likewise, did not show any form and this happens sometimes, good golf can rub off from the other players in the group, but also the other way.
Despite not playing this weekend, I want to thank the promoters and organisers for looking after me and all the pros so well this week.
I am currently working on a few swing changes which always takes time to adjust to, whatever level you play the game.
When we are playing tournaments 12 months a year around the world without really a genuine off-season, change is tough and uncomfortable, but I am working on the principle of short-term pain and long-term gain.
I had my Swedish mental coach with me earlier this week, Kjell Enhager, trying to generate some positive energy and confidence that, perhaps, has been missing from my game.
Kjell is a former professional golfer, has worked previously with senior global business leaders, as well as with golfers such as Sir Nick Faldo and Annika Sorenstam, so he has the track record.
I am taking a week off now, disappointed to be not part of next week’s second major at the US PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I will then play in the Dutch Open at Bernardus Golf in the Netherlands.
Then I plan to review my schedule for the next part of the season.
This week, I have enjoyed doing some social media and Instagram stuff with my new best buddy Mac Boucher (@macbouchergolf).
Mac is one of the best in the business and I am sure is set for stardom in his field.
I am off to the range to work on my game now.
Keep in touch and see you all soon.