So it's finally happened for me. My first win as a pro came at the Thailand Open last week. And I firstly have to thank my manager Chubby Chandler and all at International Sports Management for getting me out there along with David Howell, Dave Horsey and Richard Finch.
Without Chubby sorting a place for us I wouldn't be coming home with the trophy. I've said in my weekly blog for a long time now that I've been playing the golf worthy of winning several tournaments, but it just wasn't happening for me. I've been giving myself chances on what feels like nearly every hole without converting them. Last week, though, I think I finally turned a corner with my putting. I've found a drill that I'm now doing every day that I practice.
And after going through things with Phil Kenyon, my putting coach, we think this is the way to go from now on. I'm doing a holing out drill around the hole from 3-5 feet from north, south, east and west. Putting my tee pegs in at these points and not leaving until I hole each putt consecutively. If I miss one I start again. It's harder than it sounds, but gets me hitting lots of putts and seeing lots of them going into the hole. It also puts a bit of pressure on each putt. Scoring last week was always going to be low and I shot 67, 64, 67, 67 to finish 23-under par for the week. I made only three bogeys in four rounds, similar to when I played in Austria a couple of weeks ago. I made only two bogeys that week, but in Thailand I converted the chances.
My golf this year really has stepped up to a new consistency and a lot of that I put down to the team I work with. My coach Paul Mitchell, my trainer Andy Wadsworth, my physio Rich Bricknell and Phil. I work with these four closely and having Paul, Andy and Rich five minutes from my flat is great. All of them keep in touch with each other on a regular basis.
When I landed at Heathrow, I drove straight to my parents' house to see them and share my win with them as they have supported me since I started my golf. All the trips away as an amateur don't come cheap, so without the way they've supported me I wouldn't be a pro on the European Tour, let alone starting to win tournaments.
This week I'll be having a couple of ciders and then getting back to practice to prepare for the next four weeks on tour, starting at Gleneagles next week for the Johnnie Walker Championship.
One thing I do know is that I'm working on the right things with the right people. The only way is up.