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Down in the dumps
9 April 2013

You may have heard I've had to withdraw from the Masters Tournament this week and to say I'm bitterly disappointed is somewhat of an understatement.

We started our holiday a few weeks ago at Abaco in the Bahamas and myself and Alison had a week together before the family came out to join us. We were all having a great time, my boys, Alison's boys, Davy and Andrea's boys larking about in true holiday fashion.

I was doing plenty of practising in readiness for the Valero Texas Open, who had moved heaven and earth to get me an invite to come and play, which was great as it would have been brilliant preparation before Augusta.

Everything was going according to plan until 11 days ago on the tennis court in the evening where it all went wrong. One of the kids played a little drop shot and I thought I was 24 and not 44, and tried to reach the shot, only to feel my hamstring pop half way to the ball, and I immediately fell down and was in severe pain.

Luckily for me there was a Florence Nightingale to hand to help me in my hour of need! Kate Aiken (wife of my European Tour colleague, Tom, were also at their home in Abaco) so she came immediately to my rescue and starting treating me that evening for the tear in my hamstring. Kate has administered manipulation, ice packs, ultra sound etc, on a daily basis but it's been a slower process than we would have hoped. Kate really has been my saviour and without her efforts I'd definitely be struggling a lot more than I am right now and I really appreciate the time that she's given up from her holiday to treat me on a daily basis. Thanks Kate!

So I then had to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open which was such a disappointment after everything they had done for me and I was hoping to be ready for Augusta. I knew the decision had to be made last night so I hit a few balls and realised that I couldn't swing properly at all so had to withdraw. I'm now grown up enough to realise that if I had gone there and tried to play with an injury it would have put me back even more.

It's been a very frustrating period not being able to do anything at all and I'm bitterly disappointed not to be heading to The Masters this year. It's the first major of the year and a very special place and I really felt I was starting to swing much better again and I'm totally gutted not to be there.

With all the intensive treatment that I've been receiving from Kate and I'd had another week to spare I'd have probably have made Augusta, so hopefully I'll be up and running in time for the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea and Jakarta the week after that.

My schedule this year for one reason or another has been intermittent and I'm desperately keen to get playing - I'm getting older even though I don't think I am - just about sums it up!!! This was just a silly accident having a fun time with my kids.

So, Alison and I will spend another week in the Bahamas where I will be continuing with my physio sessions with Kate. My parents and a couple of friends were also heading to Augusta so now they will be dropping by here for a few days for the start of their holiday.

I'm really fed up and just can't wait to get out there and get into some competitive golf again once I'm fully fit.


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