WEDNESDAY, 22ND MAY
ANDREW OLDCORN, DEFENDING CHAMPION
“I played 18 holes in practice yesterday and developed a thumping headache on the course and suffered an upset stomach so I wasn’t able to go to the dinner, which was a big disappointment.
“The doctor gave me some pills and I am not sick any more but still have an upset stomach. I feel a bit under the weather and am going back to the hotel to get some rest. Obviously I want to give myself every chance to put up a good defence of the title.
“The doctor suggested it might be down to the rushing around I’ve done in the last week. I was at the birth of our second daughter, Stephanie, then dashed to Germany for the tournament, went home for one night on Monday then flew back down here yesterday morning.
“I just need as much rest as I can get. I should be fine tomorrow. The course is playing much longer than usual, much softer and less bouncy. It’s in really good nick but with this weather forecast it could be a bit of an endurance test.
“Normally I do quite well in inclement weather so it’s important that I can catch up on rest before tomorrow. I want to do my best. There is definitely extra pressure being defending champion of such a big championship and although I haven’t played too well recently, I began to feel better the minute I drove through the gate.
I need a bit of inspiration and this is the place to find it. I am keen to get going. This has been on my mind for a few weeks in the lead up to the Championship and I want to do myself justice.”