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Darren's Open Diary 

   
Darrenís Open Diary Ė Day 4, July 12
It has not been the easiest of weeks. While England has been bathed in bright sunshine and azure blue skies, Scotland has been under grey clouds all week.

It is a good job I know how beautiful Loch Lomond is because we havenít been able to see it this week for all the rain that has continued to be dumped here.   My word, it has been wet. I can only describe my play for a second round 70 as ok. I hit some good shots and then something quite untypical happened after reaching five under for the tournament to be in a good position. I pulled my tee shot and lost the ball for a double bogey.   Thankfully I was able to repair some of the dame when I drove the next. But I left the course thinking that I had let a lot of shots get away although in very testing and trying conditions. The situation is not helped when you get on the greens and discover that the ball has a mind of its own. At least my putting in general has been better and I certainly donít want to waste too many this week. It will be a lot more satisfying if I have saved all the good ones for Sandwich.

Having the family here has helped relax me and Friday night was enjoyable for the fact that we did absolutely nothing at all and just chilled out. Next week will be exhausting so I need al the reserves of energy I can summon. I normally arrive at the course an hour and a quarter before tee-off time, but decided to go earlier today to practise my putting a bit more. I want to ensure everything is in good order by the time I get to Royal St.Georgeís so that I have the minimum to work on before the off. My swing isnít quite in synch so Iím hoping that over the weekend here everything will click into place. Unfortunately I havenít been helped by the conditions although I suppose itís the same for everybody here. At least although everything isnít quite as I would like it, I know itís not far away.   There are just a few bits and pieces to straighten out.

 

 

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