Wood shows no signs of tiredness after his victory
BRISTOL golfer Chris Wood was back on the course a week after winning his maiden European Tour title and continued his good form in the Dubai Desert Classic.
A four-under round of 68 at the Emirates was a satisfying return in a week that has been demanding for all the right reasons.
He said immediately after his round: "It was nice to put a solid start on the board after last week. It wasn't my best golf but a good solid score."
But Wood is sticking to his schedule in which he always intended to spend a month on the Desert Swing and saw no intention of changing that because of his win.
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He said: "The week after that win has been quite tiring and it's only now just started to sink in.
"It was nice to have all the players come up to me when I arrived here and shake my hand and say 'well done'.
"I will be going home after this week and then I will sit down and watch all 18 holes from last Saturday and then I think it will really sink in how big a thing it has been for me.
"It is only then that I'll realise I have won my first European Tour title – and a big one at that.
"I don't want to take stock after that win.
"I have new goals for the season now and my game is in pretty good shape. I was planning to be away for four weeks and I've no reason to change my schedule.
"Especially as I like playing this tournament and I like the golf course, having done well in the past here.
"It's similar to how I was feeling last week I've had some solid performances here and it is a great place to play golf.
"I had a golf day on Sunday over here and that took a lot out of me and had a day off on Monday and lay in until 1pm.
"Several new doors have oepene for me now, the WGC Accenture Matchplay Championship in Arizona is looking quite good.
"While there is potentially a chance of getting into WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral.
"It also changes my end of the season schedule with some big events coming up then on the back of my win."
Victory at Doha last week saw Wood leap to fourth in the Race to Dubai rankings, as well as lift him to 63 in the Official Golf World Rankings.