|Danny's Exclusive Diary from Wentworth|
|Monday, 24 May 2010 00:00|
Danny finishes 5th in the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth.
What a week that was. I wasn't far away from winning my first European tournament at one of the biggest events of all the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but in the end I'm pleased to have finished outright fifth in what was a strong field.
The 65 I shot on the first day set me up and meant my name always figured high on the leader board and quite often right at the top. It was a great experience being up there every day and in contention. I was under pressure, which was good for me to feel, I never backed off, never clubbed down, or tried to play it safe and I went for it.
That first day, the Thursday morning, the greens were pure, the weather was calm it was a nice temperature and the score was there. But it got trickier later in the week especially in the afternoons when the greens firmed up and the wind swirled. Very few people shot low if they were out later. Even Simon Khan, who won, shot his score relatively early on the Sunday.
I didn't get carried away with myself. Even on Friday when I was three under for the first four holes to add to my six under on the first day and had a three shot lead, I didn't imagine myself holding up the trophy I was just concentrating on every hole.
A lot of people have said my third round was especially entertaining. If I made a bogey I was coming back with a birdie and not letting things get to me. I had seven birdies four bogeys and a double bogey to get round in 70 with only six pars.
The head was good all week which I haven't always been able to say in the past. I wanted to win and took most things on. I was just unlucky that at times on the last day I didn't quite hit the shots I wanted to. If I missed one I hit it in the worst place possible and the annoying thing was it wasn't because of bad drives, it was my second shot approaches. But, even with three holes to go, I still thought I had a chance if I could have birdied all of them which was possible.
There were a lot of positives from the week and a few negatives of course but there always is.
I admit I was nervous before the final round. I knew my game was in good shape and that I had a great chance to win but you still aren't sure if you are going to play well. I hit it well down the first few which took the nerves away and I was having a good time - frustrated maybe but I enjoyed it all the same.
That last putt which went in for a birdie was very important because it was worth a lot of money and ranking points. I tried not to let the pressure get to me because if you put too much pressure on yourself you tense up. The ball rolled round the hole but thankfully it dropped.
There's been a lot of good coverage for me and all my sponsors and I will move up a fair bit in the world rankings and in the Race to Dubai. It was a shame I couldn't quite polish it off but I'll put it behind me as a valuable experience and there's still a lot of the season to go in which I can do well.
Producing a satisfying performance at Wentworth proves that everything I've been doing is right. I've just got to keep trusting in what I'm doing, keep at it and it will come.
Finally, thanks for all the support I had during the week and to all those who've been logging onto the website for the first time. Hopefully you will be back following my progress again because I'm sure there are really good things ahead.
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