Open de España
I wanted to let you know I played well in Spain finishing tied for 28th, seven shots off the winner. It looks like I’ll miss getting in the BMW Championship this week by just a few players on the priority list so tomorrow I’m heading back to the U.S. for a few days to start getting ready for the following two events in Sweden and Austria.
This course here in Spain is owned by the European Tour (like TPC Sawgrass is owned by the PGA Tour). It was the same one I played for Q School last fall, although this week the Tour officials grew the rough higher and made the greens faster. It played tough with only eleven players breaking par for the 72 holes. When the wind blew it was extremely difficult. Overall, though, it was a fun tournament with tens of thousands of spectators, television coverage in many countries, including the U.S., and really the strongest field I’ve played in.
Before the tournament I went down to Barcelona and looked around and visited the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, which has been under construction for 132 years and is truly an amazing place.
I hope you had a good weekend and all is well. All the best, Brinson
Madeira Islands Open
I hope you had a good Mother’s Day and all is well for you! :)
I wanted to give you a brief update on my week at the European Tour’s Madeira Island Open in Portugal. I played well tying for 16th. The event was shortened to 36 holes due to persistent, dense fog.
The course here is incredibly scenic overlooking the Atlantic Ocean! It’s only ½-mile from the water but the 2,000-foot elevation (it’s kind of on a mountain/cliff) causes clouds coming off the ocean to sit over the course and, thus, generates the most dense fog I’ve ever been in. During delays I couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of me! The fog prevented us from playing on Thursday (it didn’t go away all day) and we had many, many delays (as clouds rolled in) during Friday, Saturday and today.
In the morning I’ll head over to Barcelona, Spain for the next European Tour event, the Spanish Open (they call it “Open de Espana”), which is televised in the U.S. I may or may not get into the field for the following event – the BMW Championship in England (which is the flagship tournament on the European Tour) – but I’m definitely in the next one in Sweden. Hopefully, I’ll gain entry into consecutive events after that. I am looking forward to the events ahead! :)
All the best to you and your family,