It’s getting closer to Thursday! Mike and myself got to the course early this morning to walk the back nine and mark out all of the slopes in the yardage book, that was a help when James played it later on. As planned, we played the back nine this afternoon after a short game and range session. James is in good form and over the last two days he has done some great work. He’s now hitting it the best I’ve ever seen him hit it, and that’s exactly what’s needed around here. There’s still lots of talk about how tough the course is, although it’s mostly from the media now. The players seem to be focused on getting around and staying out of trouble and that’s definitely what James is focused on.
The lack of fans should help if anything, to be honest it makes things more relaxed. I don’t think it’s an issue, apart from the cameras it’s just like most tournaments where I’ve been on the bag. There wasn’t too many people following us for the first four days in Portmarnock, and even less when were in Co Louth or Rosapenna for qualifiers over the past two years.
The plan for tomorrow will be the same as any other tournament. His tee time is 12.54 so we’ll plan to get to the course around 11.30, get some food and warm up on the range. He’ll get a few chips and putts in before the walk to the 10th tee and then it just time to go for it. I’m buzzing to get going now, there’s a great energy around the course with the tournament so close. Hopefully he’ll play well and have a good number tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll enjoy it. I brought the bag to the hotel room tonight to make sure the 1 iron came out of the bag, and to make absolutely sure I only had 14 clubs in the bag.