The past couple of months have seen my return to playing and it has been a reasonably successful return. From here until the end of the year I am really busy so I have been careful not to play too much golf. My first event back was the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater. Brookwater is an extremely difficult course and certainly wasn t the ideal course to play after a period without competitive golf. It is very demanding off the tee and around the greens requiring precise shots. This is usually a course that would suit me but I couldn’t get in the groove early and found myself 9 over for the tournament early in my 2nd round. I battled make to make the cut at 7 over and after a better weekend moved up to 35th. Not exactly what I was after but it was good to be back playing again. We then moved down the road to the Gold Coast and the Jeep Pro Am played at Royal Pines. This is the biggest pro am of the year and would be great preparation for the Australian PGA later in the year. My game seems to suit Royal Pines and this proved to be the case as I was tied for the lead after Round 1. A terrible start to Round 2 hurt my chances as I rallied late to finish with a 1 over round and drop into a tie for 15th. I played better golf over the weekend and ended up 7th on 11 under. This was a good sign that my game was turning around with a bit of competitive practice. After a week off the Tour moved to New Caledonia and the South Pacific Open. It’s a tournament I have played extremely well in over the past two years with a 1st and 2nd place. The course is beautiful and really suits my game requiring precision off the tee. My game didn t feel great going into the week but I opened with a 4 under par 67 to start the tournament. After following that up with a 65 in the 2nd round I was only 2 shots off the lead heading into the weekend. I played solidly over the weekend but couldn’t really get it going and ended up in 3rd place two shots behind Andre Stoltz and Michael Wright. Andre ended up winning after a 5-hole playoff. Whilst not getting the win was disappointing it was a good confidence boost heading into the end of the season. It all starts to heat up now and I have 9 tournaments to finish the year over a 10-week period. This is our most important time of the year and what happens in these week will go a long way to determining what events I will play in 2014. It all begins with the WA Open, which is followed by the Perth International a European Tour event. From there I fly straight to China for the BMW Masters another European event and then Japan qualifying school third stage. I then return to Australia for the PGA and Masters before a week off. It is then the Australian Open, Japan Qualifying School finals and the DongFeng Cup in China. As you can see it will be a very busy period. I am really looking forward to it and feel that my game is starting to peak at the right time.
Author: Matt Griffin