It was great to see David Park almost get back to winning ways in the Spanish Open.
David came apart a bit on the front nine and threw away the lead he had held all week, but showed admirable resolve and desire to come back and almost sneak it.
But his second place finish behind France’s Christian Cevaer took him back into the world’s top 200 again and assured him of his card for next season. It bodes well for the summer… and all the big money events coming up.
David wasn’t our only player to finish very chirpy in the Canaries. Charl Schwartzel put four very consistent rounds together and his tied seventh finish will convince him that he too can flourish as the weather picks up. I will be very surprised if he doesn’t finish inside the top 50 this season… and he is still a teenager.
Fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen has spent the last month confirming the potential he outlined a couple of years ago and his tied 11th position was remarkable given that his putter was stolen on the morning of the last round. He now lies third in the re-rank and can look forward to getting into some of the events he might have missed out on.
Finally, just a mention for Simon Wakefield, who has had other things on his mind than golf this year. He gets married next Saturday and I’m sure he will return from his honeymoon fully focused on what he has to do to survive and prosper at the highest level.