“I don’t need to go into too much detail how bad it has been – it’s fairly evident when you look at the scores,” he added. “It’s been really un-pleasurable to play golf. It’s been the bane of my life for two years.
“It’s been difficult and I’ve had to pick myself up but I am good at that. Every week I missed the cut I still turned up the next week feeling that would be the week and that takes a lot of strength.
“A lot of credit has to go to my coach Stuart Morgan. He’s not your regular coach. He doesn’t stand there and teach me positions. He’s done a lot of mental work with me and helped me understand myself better. I had to face up to a few facts so it’s not been comfortable.”
Asked in his post-round press conference what the goal was for Friday he added: “First to see you guys. How long has it been since I sat here. I feel good about what I’ve done. I feel conscious that I want to play well again.
“I’ve got work to even keep a Tour card but that’s not my goal. My goal is to win again and I firmly believe I will with the work I’ve done. Today was physical proof. I’m going to enjoy it though.
“Tomorrow I’ll play aggressively again. If it comes unstuck it comes unstuck but it won’t be through fear. I’m going to go out there and play aggressive and express myself on the golf course.
“She’s [Diana] great. She has a sporting background. Her cousin is [former England rugby star] Will Greenwood and her whole family know sporting people. She’s a rock for me. It is hard for her. I can’t pretend I’ve been coming home happy. I can’t walk in and say it’s alright, just another missed cut.
“Di was always there to pick me up and remind me who I am. She’s a strong woman and I admire greatly for her drive and ambition and her career and it helps pull me along.
“It’s fairly obvious my game started to deteriorate after my mum passed away. If it was just a swing problem I can fix that but you think something has disappeared from you since my mum’s gone. You think I just don’t want it anymore and she had to remind me that was a load of rubbish. The constant support of being there and allowing me to vent and be angry and kick the bed – all that sort of stuff. Just to remind me of who I am and what I’ve done before.
“It’s quite touching. Monty goes out of his way to see me. Thomas Björn who has been a good friend. Everyone has been great. The caddies. You guys. It’s really touching and it really means a lot when everyone pulls for you. Nick Faldo has a few times.”
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