Chris Hanson: The European Tour Blog (July)

Another week, another country and another golf course and there is no hiding from the fact that things aren’t currently going to plan. But it’s not for the lack of trying. Golf is a very frustrating game with very fine margins…one shot here, one shot there, you can lose momentum so quickly and sometimes it’s tough to get it back. So here’s an honest look at my play over the last month. Preparation for my first US Open qualifier was a little different knowing that I had to play 36 holes in a day at Walton Heath. I walked the Old Course with a wedge and putter, and then after lunch set out to walk the New Course but rain forced us in after 3 holes so I was going ‘blind ‘the next day. The cours

Yorkshire's East pipped in play off

Leeds Golf Centre’s Steven East was beaten in a three man play off for the English senior men’s championship at Saunton Golf Club, Devon. In the end it was Doug Cameron from Henley Golf Club who saw off the challenge of former winner East and championship low-scorer Michael Jarvis after they both tangled with a bunker on the first extra hole. It’s his first major senior title and, after his third place in Ireland a few weeks ago, he will achieve his great dream of returning to the England senior side. “It feels great to win, it’s fantastic,” he said. But Cameron knew he had earned his crown the hard way, bluntly describing his three-over par final round as a “car crash.” It certainly didn’t

Fraser lands fantastic pair of aces

Scarthingwell member Fraser Black has defied odds greater than a lottery win by having two holes-in-one during the same round. Bizarrely, the first was for a par after he pulled his 8 iron to the short 9th into the bushes left of the green and was forced to play a provisional. He said: "I pulled out the same club and hit it with a touch of draw and it landed on the front edge and ran up the green went straight in the hole. I felt just like Freddie Couples who did the same thing on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass after hitting his first shot in the water.” Just three holes later he again relied on his trusty eight iron on the 12th, another par 3. “I hit a really sweet shot, again with a bit of draw

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