Obviously it goes without saying that I was disappointed to have had to leave the US early last weekend, but still, I absolutely loved every moment of the challenge that Kiawah Island presented us! A whole new level of adrenaline is generated when you play in a Major Championship and my frustration at missing the cut has definitely only served to fuel my determination to qualify for as many more US PGA events as I can!
And although we didnt get the result that we wanted, on reflection of last week, I was really happy with the strength of my game. Unfortunately I just didn’t set myself up with enough birdie chances out there but I’ve taken a lot of confidence from all the areas of improvement I’ve definitely seen too!
‘It's usually the par 3 16th hole that we normally always look forward to playing when we come here!’
And so, the journey continues…and after a long itinerary of travelling, we have landed at this week’s European Tour venue – Himmerland Golf & Country Club. I have so many great memories from this course already having managed to secure a couple of good finishes here in previous years. But it’s also such a well established event on the Tour now with continously incredible hopsitality from Flemming Alstrup and the Made in Denmark Golf team so I always really enjoy coming back!
To give you a little insight into the course, it’s an exposed, inland track here with some pretty spectacular views when the weather allows! Numerous hazards present themselves in the usual form of trees, bunkers and water traps but the most significant factor affecting scoring here will always be the weather. It’s often windy here where the venue is located and with heavy rough surrounding the target areas out there, it puts that extra bit of pressure on to make sure you hit all the fairways.
Having said that, depending on the strength of those breezes, the scoring could potentially be quite low this week since there are now two reachable par 4’s on the 14/17th holes to add to the mix. But it’s the par 3 16th hole that we normally always look forward to playing when we come here though! With its natural stadium layout, in normal times you can guarantee that it will be constantly crowded with excitable and noisy spectators – nicely adding to the pressure of hitting the perfect shot!
Unfortunately its another event being playing behind closed doors though so I will definitely miss all the crowds this week – especially teeing off with the local hero Thomas Bjorn tomorrow morning!
Practice all complete. Just a bit of lingering jet lag still to beat but otherwise looking forward to getting another edition of this great event underway!