Tom’s FPI Blog August 2022

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It feels like it’s been a little since I last wrote a blog, there’s certainly been lots of golf since I last updated you all! 

Over the last four weeks I was able to play on the full DP World Tour as they held events that counted for both their rankings and the Challenge Tour rankings. Fortunately they were all UK based too much made it a no brainer as travel is extremely difficult at the moment and any events I can play where I can just load up my car and go, save on any potential extra stresses – loads of the guys travelling by plane are finding that their clubs and/or luggage don’t turn up at the moment!

Anyway, these last four weeks have been further evidence of my game improving, which is encouraging to see with a big chunk of the season still left to go. Hillside was first up and I didn’t score the way I felt I played so the result was disappointing there. I then went to Fairmont St Andrews, where things really felt like they started to turn. I played a steady opening 9 holes before making 7 consecutive birdies (one short of the DP World Tour record) to shoot 7 under par on the opening day. I then shot 3 under par day 2 and was sitting nicely heading in to the weekend, which I wasn’t able to capitalise on but still, progress all the same. 

Next up Celtic Manor in Wales where again I played some very solid stuff Thursday and Friday before another disappointing weekend. Then it was Galgorm Castle in Northern Ireland where again I opened the tournament pretty solidly and was cruising along before making two frustrating bogeys on my final two holes on the Friday to miss the cut by 1 and end up packing my bags a few days earlier than I’d of hoped! 

There’s plenty of encouragement in there and in the stats too which I keep a close eye on which then informs my practice. I’ve headed home now for the next couple of weeks to refresh and then work at my game before the next stint on the road!