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Peugeot Tour Alps De Espania and Le Fonti Open

After a win in Italy and a decent chance to win in France I arrived in my favourite European city, Madrid, in buoyant mood. In actual fact Madrid is an easy quick report! I played horribly in practice, awful in the pro am and did not switch it around for the tournament rounds. I played some terrible golf there too! There was no excuse. The weather, hotel and course were all perfect. I felt good. I just did not have it.

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The 12th, good hole. The practice day was the only day I saw this fairway!

Day one I shot +3. I hit 5 fairways, 5 greens and had 31 putts. Day 2 +4, 9 fairways, 10 greens and 30 putts. Both days included some embarrassing golf shots, many mental mistakes and missed putts. A deserved missed cut. Enough of that, the week is gone and now forgotten.

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Shame I played so badly as the course is perfect for me. Tough driving course which rewards accurate iron play. Did not suit me this week!

On to Italy. The upside of missing the cut in Madrid was I got to watch the final round of The Open and then get a couple of good days practice in. The practice facilities at Club De Campo in Madrid are very good and I felt like I turned a little bit of a corner before getting on the plane on Tuesday afternoon to Bologna.

Our hotel in Bologna was conveniently located 10 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the golf course. However it took my roommate, Farren Keanen and I an hour and a half to find the hotel! Not the ideal start. But the hotel was fine, the town of Le Fonti quaint and the following day we found the golf course was pretty good too. The Le Fonti course is just over 7000 yards and pretty open. There are four or five shots you need to get right and if you do there is low scores out there. Bologna can get very hot and humid this time of year so having a decent wind blow all week was quite a treat. And most importantly my golf game was coming right again.

The course did not suit me as well as Club De Campo the previous week but as my confidence was coming back and I could start seeing a score. I played pretty good in the pro am and was ready to go. I opened up with a 6 under 66 to lead after day one. I played nicely, 16 greens in regulation. The thing that really got me going was some bombs I holed on my front nine, the back 9 as the course plays. I holed from 30ft on my 2nd hole after three putting my first. 25 feet on my 3rd, 40ft on my 8th hole and 16 feet on my 9th. It became a feature of the week. Holing lots outside 10ft but very little inside 10ft. It was a fun round and a little unexpected.

Day 2 started well. I was 2 under thru 11 just plodding along playing nicely and making good decisions. The last 7 holes I created some great chances. The problem was they finished inside 10ft so I kept missing them. The one that really hurt was a 3 footer on 15. I hit a great approach short to create the birdie chance and just hit a terrible putt. Annoyed I hit a poor shot from the next tee and dropped a shot and missed again from 3ft on 17, this time for par. I turned a 69 into a 72 in 30 minutes. Disappointing, instead of being one behind I was four.

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The 12th at Le Fonti. Tough par 3 at over 200 yards with an island green.

I had to get off to a quick start on the final day so I bogied the first and third! I was not feeling great. I think I had slept on my shoulder wrong and it really did not feel too good. I managed to bounce back with birdies on the par 5’s, the fourth and the seventh. I hit a terrible shot into the 11th into the water but scrambled to just drop one. Birdies on 14, 15 and 17 gave me a round of 70 (-2). It could have been a lot worse. I missed a lot of short putts again but still managed to hole some of the longer ones. 14ft at the 1st and 30ft at the 4th and an important 9ft putt on 15.

Marco Crespi won at Le Fonti. I was happy for him. He is a good guy and a very solid player. I have never seen a player hit it so straight with such a neutral flight. He is a player who has contended a lot over the last two years and it was great to see him get over the line. I played with him in the last round and his 67 was fun to watch. Marco leapfrogged me in the order of merit but I remained in 7th. Two more events to go before the cut off date for the exemptions to stage 2 of Tour School. Need two good weeks. Looking forward to Belgium this week. Leaving tomorrow.

JK





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