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Jason Dransfield Blog - Royal Burgess

Jason Dransfield Blog - Royal Burgess

July 21st, 2014

dransfieldblogNext up was Royal Burgess and after the disappointment of the final round at The Carrick, I was looking forward to competing again and having a good week. Although the two events weren’t too far apart I decided to travel home for the weekend and watch some of the early practice rounds for The Open championship.

This proved to be the right choice as I got onto the course at Hoylake and watched Matt Every and Billy Horschel, I played on The Hooters Tour with Matt, so it was good to watch and see how he now played the game.

Sunday I got to walk 9 holes inside the ropes with Lee Westwood which was a great learning experience, getting so close to one of the worlds best players.

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Billy Foster, Jason and Lee Westwood

Monday morning started slightly different to a normal tournament week as I walked 18 holes round Hoylake with Billy Foster who was staying with us for the duration of The Open. This way I could quiz him on strategy and how the top players would plot their way round the course. While we were out we walked 9 holes with John Daly one of my favourite golfers, partly because he doesn’t follow the norm and has his own style.

So after our walk of the course it was straight into the car and up to Edinburgh to concentrate on my tournament, I got to the course about 4pm and went out and played 9 holes and then walked the further 9 holes just so I would get a look of things before the Pro Am on Tuesday.

I played solid enough in the Pro Am until the middle of the round when I went into melt down and dropped 5 shots in 3 holes, it is hard to explain why you can go from feeling like you have control and then things disappear so quick and then 45 minutes later you feel back under control. I ended up shooting 74 but as a team we had 80 points and we finished 3rd as a team.

On to round 1 and I was not quite firing on all cylinders, but I was managing my game well and I was level par through 11 holes but a poor finish cost me dearly and I ended up shooting 75, which left plenty of work to do in round 2.

Round 2 started slowly and I was +1 through 4 before something clicked and I started hitting it very good and over the next 5 holes I came close to holing three full shots, two 6 irons and an 8 iron. I reached the turn in 2 under and I was now making the move I had to make, more chances came but I didn’t convert another birdie until the 14th, a bogey on 15 halted my progress. But another birdie came on 16 and it now looked as if I would need just one more birdie over the last two holes to make the final round, the hopes of this disappeared on 17 when I plugged my second shot under the lip of the bunker, I racked up a double bogey and my week was now over, a second round of 69 gave some positives going forward.

Due to the week being a struggle I decided to miss the next two tournaments in Ireland and come back fresh for Moor Allerton and the remaining 5 regular season events.

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