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Meant to be…

Sometimes things are meant to be. After the Eisenhower Trophy in Argentina in October one of our players did one of the most open and honest appraisals of himself that I have ever seen. I think every coach way too often has sat there with that feeling of ‘if only you knew what it takes’ when players lay out their well intended plans and talks about their strengths and weaknesses. This time was different though. Having been blown away by the conditions and seriously stitched up by both the golf courses and the fellow competitors this player instead gave the impression that makes you go ‘wow, he has got it!’. During the winter our player has become a true scholar, not only of the game but of the whole dynamics involved in performance development for both mind and body. His journey is truly remarkable and even though his first event for the year, the Jones Cup, showed that there is still work to do and even though the Portuguese Amateur certainly did not have all the top players present he has still won, and more importantly done it in a way that he has not done before. The most important thing of all though – if I know the ‘new Eddie’ right – he is not too bothered about that winning thing. All he knows is that there are things he can do better next time. When every time you are on the golf course, or why not at work, is a learning opportunity there is no stopping you. Dave Alred said it – the key question to answer is:

-“Why am I better this Monday than I was last Monday?”

Full scores from the Portuguese Amateur, click here.

Here we go!

It is a busy week!  When a number of the European Tour players can afford to take a week off and perhaps do some skiing, the top 64 (or perhaps it is 65 then with Woods not present) are to fight it out for the first match play event of the year. I was going to say the only but the there is that weekend thing in Wales in October so I won’t do that. Ross McGowan is out against the World no 2, Steve Stricker, in the first match which should be a lot of fun for Ross. Follow this action here.

In a different part of the World the amateur season is now kicking off in Europe. Traditionally the season opener is the Portuguese Amateur, and so again this year. 16 English players are ready to open their season in what is normally a nice warm up for the Spanish Amateur the coming week. What is really nice is that the winner usually gets an invitation to the Portuguese Open on the European Tour. That alone is a pretty good reason to travel to Portugal! Follow the English players’ progress here.

Whitnell wins the Portuguese Amateur

Dale Whitnell, ©Tom Ward

Dale Whitnell, ©Tom Ward

The Portuguese Amateur 2009, the first individual amateur event of the year on European soil, ended as an all England affair. Jamie Abbott faced his England Squad friend, slightly more experienced Dale Whitnell in a play off for the title. With a birdie on the second play off hole Dale managed to seal the victory leaving Abbott in second place. This was Whitnell’s first international victory and also by far Abbott’s best international performance so far. Two more englishmen, Sam Hutsby and Luke Goddard finished in the top 6.

Pos. Nome Clube To PAR Total Dia 1  Dia 2  Dia 3 
1   Dale Whitnell ENG   – 6   210   71   68   71  
2   Jamie Abbott ENG   – 6   210   73   69   68  
3   Reinier Saxton NED   – 4   212   72   70   70  
4   Luke Goddard ENG   – 3   213   72   70   71  
5   Jurrian Van Der Vaart NED   – 3   213   68   69   76  
6   Sam Hutsby ENG   – 2   214   72   66   76  

For full results visit the Portuguese Federation results update here.

Another pretty impressive amateur this weekend was New Zeelander Danny Lee who managed to win the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth, Australia. By that he became the youngest ever winner of a European Tour event. Ross McGowan finished in a very nice tie for second place, one shot behind the winner.

Portuguese Amateur

It seems like the rain in portugal continues and the 120 players in the filed have only managed to complete two rounds. Four Englishmen are in the top 10; Sam Hutsby, Dale Whitnell, Jamie Abbott and Luke Goddard. The tournament continues tomorrow and you can follow the action here.

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