New week

Tuesday morning and courtesy of the Bank Holiday Monday it does feel like the week has had a bit of a slow start. In Arizona the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational finished with Matt Haines as the top English player in 7th place. His fellow country man, Eddie Pepperell, fell back with a less successful last round but no doubt they will both return to England with a bundle of experience from playing in a tournament with one of the best fields in junior golf in the world. Plus they will know what playing golf in the desert heat is like.

This week it is time for Daniel Willet to make his debut as a professional. The World’s number one amateur has moved on to the next stage and thanks to the invite to the Wales Open he is given a good chance to measure himself against some of the best players on the European Tour. With good finishes in the Open de Andalucia and the Spanish Open as an amateur he has already proved that he is ready to compete and by turning professional now Dan is giving himself two chances to secure his card for next year. Hopefully he will get his maximum of 7 invites to events and if he handles those well that could be enough to finish in the top 115 that gains automatic exemption for next year’s tour. If he doesn’t he can always go to Tour School and hopefully make it through there. As sad as it is that Dan will not be playing for England in the Eisenhower Trophy I think he has made the right decision which both he and English Golf will benefit from in the future. 

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