Chris Wood: Missed putts left me feeling so frustrated
WHAT a golf course it was in Sweden at the Nordea Masters. I loved it.
It can play up to 8,200 yards off the very back tees. We must have played it at around 7,500 – we were up a tee box on most of the holes, but with water coming into play on 11 holes, you can see it was a proper test.
I very much felt like I had my B game with me last week, so to finish 22nd was disappointing. But without being anywhere near my best form, I can take some confidence from another solid week.
Something very strange happened to me during Friday's third round. Having shot 66 on the Thursday after dropping a shot at the 10th (my first), I went on to make seven birdies from there with ease (missing a couple of short chances as well).
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But on Friday, I didn't make a birdie. Not one.
Sixteen pars and two bogeys, both on par threes. Making 16 pars suggests that I probably played fairly solid golf – and I did, certainly on the back nine. I kept giving myself chance after chance from inside ten feet.
I don't think I have ever had so many lip-outs in my life. I hit good putt after good putt on the purest of greens and not one of them would go in. It was very frustrating.
I kept believing that I was bound to make two or three like I normally would on a bad day, and finish a couple under for the day and turn it into a consolidating score. But they never came.
This dropped me from tenth to 40th overnight – not what I thought my golf deserved.
It's hard to go out on the last day with the right mindset after a frustrating day like that, but I got myself ready to go and posted a two-under- par 70, making just one bogey and finishing the week 22nd.
I managed to change my flight time from 6.30pm to 3.40pm on Saturday, so, as soon as I finished, I jumped straight into a car and got to the airport for 2.30pm – one hour before my flight, which got me back to Bristol before 7pm. Perfect. It's not very often that happens, so you have to enjoy it when the travelling goes your way.
This week, I'm taking a few days off. I've gone away with my girlfriend to a nice hotel down in Somerset, before starting practice tomorrow ready for the BMW International Open in Germany next week.
And, yes, I was allowed to watch the England game!