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Rank Bad Finish at Bay Hill Proves Costly -  23.03.04            

My closing double bogey at Bay Hill was very costly… and I’m not talking about money. Of a higher currency to me at the moment are world ranking points.

Finishing 6th instead of a realistic third actually moved me back in the rankings to 14th because Chad Campbell leapfrogged a few of us. But it remains my goal to break into the top 10 this year and close in on fifth place.

My swing is getting there, however, and I worked a lot at Bay Hill with Butch Harmon while Tiger Woods also passed on a couple of tips. They both emphasised the need for me to maintain my height and not drop my head on the backswing.

Away from tournament golf, it was a pleasure to be able to play at Seminole for the first time. What a fantastic course it is and now only California’s Cypress Point is left on my must-play list… and I already have an open invitation to go there whenever I want from a friend of Butch’s.

Now I am on my way to Sawgrass for another big week at The Players’ Championship. The greens were soft last year, but speaking to Vijay Singh last week and he assures me it will be running hard and fast this time. It should suit me fine so I’m looking forward to it.

For those of you who haven’t entered my new competition - and there are plenty of great prizes to be won - then do so before The Masters and you could be swinging towards summer with a new driver.

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