Following a big day of travel from Pakistan on the Monday I settled in to the weeks venue and after a bit of rest I got stuck into preparing for week ahead. The course was Damai Laut Golf & Country Club, situated about 4.5 hours from Kuala Lumpur.
The course was fairly wet as they had experienced a lot of rain the 10 days leading into the tournament, however they had done a pretty good job to get it to the condition they had it in. It was a tidy layout with some really strong holes as well as some that felt like they gave you a chance.
A solid days practice on the Tuesday had me feeling good about my game and I was confident I could continue the form turnaround that began in Pakistan.
A 4 hour storm delay on the first day was a slow way to start the event, but once the storm cleared we had nice conditions to get it underway. Game felt solid and I was able to limit the mistakes, felt like I had good control over everything which allowed me to get off to a decent start. Over the 4 days I was very happy with how my putter turned around, after really struggling with that part of my game the last month, and in particular my speed control had improved dramatically.
For the first 3 days I shot scores of 69 (-3) 71 (-1) 66 (-6) to be 1 shot behind the leader (my room mate John Catlin) heading into the last day. I was excited to be back in the mix again, it felt great and I was looking forward to the challenge the final day
The front 9 saw a pretty tight tussle, I managed to draw level a couple of times but couldn’t edge my way in front at all, we both turned in Even Par which meant I was still 1 shot behind. Still thought I was a great shot at winning with 6 holes to go but that’s when I started to struggle a bit and he started to play better. In a matter of 4 holes I went from trailing by 2 to 7 behind. Was happy I was able to steady the ship the last couple of holes and finish with a birdie, which at the time I thought was going to possibly let me hang onto 2nd place but in the end I had 4 shots to the 3rd place.
Shot 73 (+1) in the final round to finish the tournament on 279 (-9) and in 2nd place. Disappointed I wasn’t able to get across the line this time but absolutely loved being in the mix again. Congrats to my room mate John Catlin on the win, shooting 31 (-5) the final 9 holes to win was impressive. Have moved back into 10th place on the OOM with 3 events to go, still great chance to finish in the all important Top 5.
Back at home with the girls for 1 week before heading back to Kuala Lumpur for the final Malaysian event of the year.
Let’s finish it off!!