2012 Open Qualifying
36-holes at Walton Heath
Monday June 25
After a long day involving two rounds of golf and a three hole play off at Sunningdale in Surrey I now find myself playing in my second Major in the space of two months.
There were ten spots to play at Lytham St Anne's next month and 96 pros chasing them and that created a nerve wracking day.
After shooting 68s around both Sunningdale's Old and New Courses and a three hour wait I found myself at four under par and one shot below the 36-hole qualifying mark.
And as early evening set in five of us set out in a sudden death play off with two Open spots the goal.
At the first hole, a par four, Oliver Fisher and Oscar Floren exited after dropping a shot whereasI made par having driven into the rough but hit a great shot into the green from 190 yards out.
At the second, a par three, Thorbjorn Olesen gained the first Open ticket with a birdie which left myself and Scotland's Alastair Forsyth head to head at the third hole.
I missed the fairway again but recovered to make par with a four foot putt while Alastair failed to hit the green with his second and could not get up and down.
So the taste of the big time which I sampled in San Francisco is now back in my mouth and I can't wait to tee it up with the world's best players again at Lytham.