Getting there…

Luke DOnald with trophy

Luke Donald with trophy

While I took a few days out to go on half term with my kids, some great stuff happened in the golfing world. Luke Donald became the Master of Match Play as he won the WGC in Tucson Arizona. I think Luke is quite a special kind. Having never been known as a long hitter he continues to show that what most of us have thought for some time, that unless you can hit it a country mile in today’s professional golf you have not go a chance, is not necessarily true. Instead Luke is a man of creativity, accuracy and brilliant short game skills. For the true golf nerd I actually think this is a much more interesting game than the bombers game that have tended to be prevailing in the last few years. And that is not to say that Luke is short of the tee as so often, I think that is a myth that has survived itself.

For somebody in my position it is obviously interesting to try to think about how players like Luke make it to where he now is. As many probably know Luke took the US College route where he played golf at Northwestern at the same time as earning his degree. He had a very solid amateur career, topped with the Walker Cup and when he turned professional he was ready to compete at the bigger stage. Some of those that hope for a similar future this week compete in the Spanish Amateur. If you would like to try your Spanish skills you can follow all the action here. Played at El Prat this is proving a good test for the young apprentices as the first day only saw three players under par. The Spanish Amateur is one of those events that is quite important to win, for a number of reasons. It is early in the year and given the strong field it is always a confidence boost to come out on top and make a mark. For those that hope to follow in the foot steps of Luke Donald I think the most important factor though is the invitation o the Spanish Open later in the year. Most top amateurs today compete in a Worldwide, highly competitive schedule on really top notch golf courses. If they can combine that with some starts on the European or PGA Tour where they can benchmark themselves against the best, they have every chance to know where they stand before they decide to give golf for a living a real go.

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