Shaping like Rory –
now for his results!
And it was a terrific start to the year to get the news that I have been given a fourth year in Golf Australia’s Rookie Pro Program.
The program is there to provide young golfers with funding to be
able to create a high quality support team and to provide funding for travel and entry into various Qualifying Schools.
I have been very lucky to be part of this program and it has enabled me to create a world class support
To start February I continued on with the intensive program in the gym, which has shown some good results. In testing, I was able to increase my weight by just under a kilogram whilst reducing my body fat. Basically this means more lean muscle and hopefully more power whilst increasing my ability to keep good posture throughout the swing.
The aim is to add another 2-4 kg. It has been interesting to see Rory McIlroy put on a little weight over the summer as well. We have pretty similar body shapes but I would like some of his results!
While going through this program I
With all this work it was nice to put some of it into action at the Victorian PGA at Creswick. It is a
new course that provides plenty of challenges on a very hilly piece of land. You have to keep it on the fairway as the trees are very dense while the greens have a huge amount of slope.
I played solidly all week and after
Then on Sunday I copped a bad break on the 5th that would lead to a triple bogey after my ball came up against a massive stick just off the fairway. I battled back to shoot 72 and finished 17th, only seven away from the eventual winner Gareth Paddison who played great all week. There were plenty of positive signs to take out of the week though.
On the Sunday night I made a quick trip back to visit the old cricket club from my junior days for Cheltenham’s 150th anniversary. It was good to catch up with plenty of old friends and coaches. If it wasn’t for golf I reckon I would still be playing cricket there as I always loved it.
Day three saw the rain really arrive and after an initial delay we got out on the course just as it started to really come down. With everything getting drenched I started birdie, birdie to move right in contention but then bogied the third in torrential rain. The siren went to suspend play again and we got out on course a couple of hours later for one and a half holes before the rain came again, ending the day’s play.
Overnight rain left the course unplayable and with the weather finally clearing we finally had a restart at 12.30pm after being at the course at 5.30 in the morning. The course was pretty waterlogged but it was great that we got 54 holes in. I couldn’t really find my rhythm and made a couple of birdies and bogies. The slower greens killed me as I left a couple of putts short in the heart.
A final round of 71 left me in a tie for 15th and my third top 20 for the year out of three events. This has been good given all the work, of course, but top fives are what we are really after. They aren’t far away though. A great finish by Andrew Tschudin saw him take
After the Jeep Fourball on the Gold Coast it was home for a couple of weeks, which will include being best man at a wedding. I’m really looking forward to the wedding day and I’m working on the speech now.
In late March it is then off to Indonesia for the Indonesian Open and the start of the One Asia year before heading to Queenstown in New Zealand for the NZ PGA.
Until then, good golfing to all.