The Handa Senior World Championship
I am sorry to say that the last two weeks have been a complete disaster for me. Having made the journey to both Brunei and China I have ended up coming back having only played one of the two tournaments! But I can take heart from the fact that with the injury I was still able to finish 16th.
The injury to my shoulder and neck continued to blight my progress in China but luckily I was still able to take part in what was a gripping contest. Sandy Lyle stole the show and deservedly so. I cannot believe that it was his first tournament victory in almost two decades!
I am delighted for Sandy as he was one of the players I really looked up to when I was playing amateur golf. Having won both The Open and the Masters he is still regarded as one of the greats of the game and his performance in China merited that status.
He showed a great deal of patience and used his driver very well. I felt that had I been 100% I could have had a decent chance of finishing well as the course lends itself to players with a strong short game.
Watching on, I had to remind myself that this time last year I never envisaged what would happen in my professional career and at least the injury has happened when we now have a significant break. Had this happened in the middle of the summer it could really have damaged my chances of finishing well on the Order of Merit.
The next event is the US Senior PGA Championship in May and I have time to re-group, practice and, most importantly, recover. I am really looking forward to my first Senior Major and the chance to impose myself back on the Order of Merit. It certainly will be an exciting time and I will keep you updated with my progress in the run-up to the big week right here.
As always, keep enjoying your golf and take care.