Friday, 13 July 2001


Three missed cuts then you’ve pulled out a 65. Where did that come from?
I’ve actually been hitting a lot of good golf shots and I’ve working hard on the driving range on some things I got from Denis Pugh. I just went and saw him a few weeks ago. I’ve been working hard on a few moves on my swing and this is the first time I’ve brought it from the range on to the golf course and that’s where I struggled the last three weeks. It seems to be working nicely and I feel more comfortable now.

Not the sort of season you would have been looking for?
No, I got off to a nice start at The Vines and Lakes and played pretty steady after that, but finishing 30th every week is not the way to go. Then it got a little worse and I needed to see somebody. My golf swing wasn’t right ad Peter O’Malley put me on to Denis Pugh as he had been seeing him for so long. I started with him a few weeks ago and it’s taken a bit of time, three or four weeks. It now feels comfortable out of the golf course. It would be nice to do what Peter did in the English Open last month. That would be very nice.
My confidence hasn’t suffered that much. I’ve putted well through it. My short game’s been fine. Just hit the odd rank shot and I’ve made a few doubles. The confidence has gone the other way, especially after today. I knew I was working on the right things on the driving range and doing the right stuff. The confidence is still there.

When did you last feel comfortable?
It’s been a while. I played well in the French Open but I wasn’t swinging the club that well. Probably the Greg Norman was the last time, or the Heineken. Both of those were quite good.

What were the changes?
I’ve just worked on getting my left arm straighter and not on to my body. Basically I’ve been turning my left arm onto my body which is basically getting me too flat. Then my next move is up and over the top and getting steep. Basically it’s getting the left arm in a more parallel position and getting the swing a little bit higher. It doesn’t look much different but I was really inside and over the top and across, taking steep deep divots. Not it’s more shallow divots.

When did you stop working with Jos (Vanstiphout)?
I think it was the end of last year. I went back to Australia and came back and I thought…you know, we still chat and have a drink.

Do you think about getting into the Open from here?
Not really because I can’t do much about it. It’s an easy one not to think about because there are so many twists and turns. It could be 25th or whatever. If I finish in the top five as I want to do, that’s safe. If I get in I get in, if I don’t.
I played Carnoustie and St.Andrews. I missed the cut in 1999. That was a nice welcome to the majors and last year I finished about 40th. I actually led after about 28 holes or 29 holes. Got it to eight under then dropped five shots in five holes. That back nine didn’t suit me too well. It was great to see my name up at the top of the leaderboard, I think with David Toms. That was a big buzz. Very exciting.

Is this the easiest this course can play?
The first seven holes I didn’t think they were that easy. It was playing very long. It’s just playing different I guess. When it plays bounce it can play easy and when it plays soft it can play easy. It’s just that you’re hitting longer irons into par fours so in that respect it’s more difficult but you can also fly the ball right to the flag and that makes it easier. You’ve still got to hit good shots and make the putts. I made a good up and down on the 16th and that sort of kicked me on I guess.

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