July17 Openblog

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Day 1 - Tuesday

Young Open hopeful Kevin Harper has agreed to give us a blow-by-blow account of his Open Championship week.

The 25-year-old Challenge Tour player achieved the dream Open ticket at Carnoustie after impressively qualifying and securing a top three qualifying berth at Panmure just down the road from the Open venue.

Every day we'll be catching up with Kevin who will provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into competing in golf's greatest event. Check out the first of his daily Open diary. Here's hoping Kevin will be around come late Sunday afternoon for his final check-out...

Day 2 - Wednesday

Nothing could dampen 25-year-old Challenge Tour hopeful Kevin Harper's Open spirits - not even a morning Carnoustie downpour.

In the second part of his Open diary blog, Open rookie Kevin was preparing for his final practice outing but is bursting to get into action when the really serious stuff starts tomorrow. To find out more about his preparations and what he thinks about his draw and Open hopes and dreams, check out part two of his exclusive on-course video blog...

Day 3 - Thursday

Our exclusive birdseye view of The Open through the eyes of rookie contender Kevin Harper form East Devon GC... 

Due to a technical hitch my video blog didn't happen yesterday so you'll have to make do with the attached audio of my first-ever Open Championship round instead.

Even though it was a big struggle all day long, it was a fantastic experience overall. Clearly after shooting a six-over-par 77 I'm up against it to make the cut this morning.

When I come off the course hopefully normal video service will be resumed and that I've played well enough to carry on playing at the weekend. We live in hope...

For Kevin's 1st round reaction check out his audio above...

Day 4 - Friday

My Open dream didn't happen. I was always up against it today after my opening round 77 and although I did my best today it wasn't to be.

Overall I was pleased with my performance and to finish +10  was no disgrace. But unfortunately I made too many mistakes at important times: and at this level, you can't afford to do that.

Still, it's been a memorable week and I've learnt a helluva lot which will hopefully stand me in good stead for the future. I've had a taste of the big-time. I like it and hopefully there'll be many more Opens to play in in the future.

Check out the link below to find out the highs and lows of my final day at Carnoustie...







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