19 July 2017
Despite a recent run of missed cuts, Tyrrell is confident that a good performance is just around the corner
“It’s fair to say that it’s been a bit of a disappointing month on the golf course, after missing cuts at the French and Irish Opens. I got off to slow starts at both events, which is something you just can’t afford to do on any professional tour these days, as there are just too many good players out there to have to play catch up on day two.
I had some reasonable course form at Paris National, having finished 33rd and 12th in my last two visits so I arrived in France feeling pretty confident. Unfortunately I bogeyed three of the first six holes in the first round, doubled the 15th, and walked off with a 74.
I battled back early on Friday and birdied three of the first four holes to get back to one over, but I then gave a couple of shots back at five and seven. I managed two more birdies coming in, but bogeyed the difficult last hole to miss the cut by a single shot. It was a very frustrating way to miss the weekend.
I was hopeful of getting back into my rhythm at the Irish Open at Portstewart, as I’m a big fan of links golf, and don’t mind playing in the wind. And, after top fives in my previous two Irish Opens, I had high hopes of going well again. I didn’t know much about the course, as it was the first time that it had hosted a European Tour event, but it was the same for most of the field barring the Irish lads.
The weather blew hot and cold throughout the week, but conditions were generally good for scoring on the rain-softened greens. I bogeyed the second after almost losing my ball in the rough off the tee, doubled the 7th, and then ground out the back nine in level par for a 75.
With the scoring being so low, I knew I was going to have to improve my game in the second round to have any chance of making the cut. Although I managed three birdies on the front nine, a double bogey at the par-three 12th effectively ended my chances of playing the weekend. Even so, I fought hard until the end bouncing back with a birdie and an eagle at the next two holes, but I still ended up missing the cut by five. Not many tournaments have a cut mark at four under, but with the greens so soft, it was always going to be a low-scoring day.
Jon Rahm – who won the tournament by six shots – is clearly a great golfer and I look forward to seeing more of him over in Europe.
I’m practising hard at the moment, and my swing feels as good as it has done for a while on the range, but I just don’t seem to be able to translate those feelings out on the course. It’s frustrating, but I’ve got to keep moving forward and hopefully everything will fall into place soon.
In between events I’ve had a few coaching sessions with my dad, and been practising hard at Stoke Park. I’m really enjoying the great facilities there, and the course is in good shape following the recent changes to the course.
Just before the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links I took part in the Hero Challenge, a par-three competition that was first launched at last year’s British Masters at The Grove. Having seen how that came across on TV, I was really excited to be invited to take part in the second staging, where I teed it up alongside seven other players, including Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Anirban Lahiri and Russell Knox. There were great crowds for what was normally a quiet Tuesday night before a tournament, and there was a really great buzz around the hole.
I managed to win my first two matches to make it through to the final against Patrick Reed, but he virtually stiffed it, even though I hit mine closer than my first two attempts. I was unlucky to miss my putt and he holed out for the win. It was great fun, though, and hopefully it’s something the tour will continue to offer the fans at future events, as it brought a much younger crowd to the tournament.
By the time you read this, The Open will have finished and we’ll be moving into the second half of the season. I’ve got two more events in America, the WGC at Firestone at the beginning on August, and then US PGA the following week, and then that’ll be it stateside for the year. For the rest of the season I’ll be concentrating my efforts on the European Tour and hopefully challenge for my second win on tour.”
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