Jonathan Caldwell reflects on his recent win, the challenges of professional golf, and the importance of a strong support system in this week’s Player Blog presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car,
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"I think it’s finally starting to sink in now that I’m a winner on the European Tour.
After 13 years as a professional, the week was pretty much a dream come true. But it was also nice to have the last week off to be honest and get home so that I could share the win with everyone who has supported me throughout my career.
The first three or four days were a bit crazy, seeing people and doing media and things I’m not used to, but then on Monday night we all got together at the golf club with my friends, family, supporters and sponsors.
That was really special Towards the end of the week I went away with a few friends and it just gave me that bit of time to reflect on the win, and the doors it now opens for me" "The overwhelming feeling I have is one of satisfaction, especially to finish the way I did.
From the moment I got there I told my caddie I felt like it was a place that suited me, but I only practiced the front nine. So when I started on the tenth on Thursday I made three bogeys in a row. It definitely wasn’t a straightforward week, but even when I finished the round on Saturday with a three putt from 15 feet, I still went to bed knowing I was playing well and had a chance.
To then come from three behind and shoot 64 on a Sunday to win is massively satisfying, and that shot on 18 has to go right to the top of the list of best shots of my career. Of course, there was a bit of luck involved, as there always is, because I had a poor tee shot and got a fantastic lie to be able to get elevation on the ball and to be able to stop it so quickly.
Missing that tee shot was a massive break in a way, and I couldn’t have planned it any better. I’d just missed a three-footer at 17 so I was pretty nervous over that two-footer at 18 – especially because they are the putts everyone expects you to knock them in – and the hole definitely shrinks a bit on you in that moment, but I was delighted to knock it in"
"I always kept that belief that I could play again at the highest level in Europe again, and I wanted to do that, to be able to test myself again. I came out of college and went straight into the deep end of playing at the highest level in Europe after Q-School in 2008.
At the time I really thought that to get better I needed to change things in my game, and instead of getting better I got worse, and gradually got worse over the next couple of years as I was trying to get better. It’s taken me a long time to get back to where I was, but knowing that I had done it once, and having the drive to want to do it again, is really what kept me going all of those years where I was struggling"