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Darren's Open Diary


Darren’s Open Diary – Day 9, July 17
The alarm rang at 5.15 am and I reluctantly emerged from bed to discover more of an English day than we have been experiencing of late.

The rain and a hard left to right wind did not make practising easy, but I was still looking forward to it when we headed for the first tee. I was a little more nervous than usual and relieved to discover that I hit a decent tee shot.
Unfortunately I did not have much feel and my timing was a little askew and but for a change in attitude and recent putting lessons from Harold Swash, I would not have broken 80. I did not get the ball on the centre of the clubhead too often and paid the penalty in difficult conditions.
I was far from happy with a 75 but it became a score looking better by the hour as the wind picked up in the afternoon.
I felt much happier after working on the range for 90 minutes with my coach Butch Harmon, but then I was absolutely knackered and headed home for an afternoon nap.
I awoke to discover that my wife Heather was making the evening meal. Id been in charge of the barbecue the previous evening and shes ended up with food poisoning. Guess who got the blame.
My half of the draw definitely had the better deal and although Im not happy with my position after day one at least Im not out of it and it could have been far worse and having led a Major this season by three shots after the first round, maybe its my time to come from behind.


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