Pro Golfer Jordan Smith swaps his clubs for a keyboard as he writes for Aggreko!
European Tour star, Jordan Smith, writes his first exclusive ‘Out On Tour’ blog for Aggreko, which gives a fascinating insight into the life of a professional golfer on tour.
This first entry reflects on a memorable week at the Volvo China Open as well as looking at Jordan's golfing calendar...
I have to say I’ve always been more comfortable with a golf club than I ever was with a pencil, so you’ll have to bare with me as I get to grips with this blog-writing lark!
As I write, I currently find myself in the middle of a short break before I head into a really important European Tour period over the next month, meaning now seems a better time than any to reflect on the first part of the year.
While the results didn’t quite fall for me at the start of the year, I’ve been posting some really low scores along the way. I've always felt that it was just a case of bringing all the elements together.
Perhaps more so than in any other sport, staying patient is so vital in golf.
There have probably been a few times in the early part of the season where I’ve chased a really low score harder than I should have, but that's all part of the learning process and I’m really optimistic about the next few months ahead out on course.
After a whirlwind debut season on the main tour last year, this year has been more of a battle but I registered my best result of the season last time out - finishing in T3 at the Volvo China Open - and I feel confident that my game is in a really good place right now.
Last time out in China was probably the most confident I've felt all year and, thankfully, it reflected in my scoring. It was a different experience to other times when I’ve travelled to China on tour.
Normally, it's all hustle and bustle and pretty manic but the Topwin Golf & Country Club was a much more secluded area surrounded by countryside and rolling hills.
Over the course of the first three days, I played really solidly, carding back-to-back three-under rounds before gaining another couple of shots on moving day.
Without ever really troubling the very top of the leaderboard, it felt like I wasn’t far away from a special round - thankfully that came on the final day.
There’s no better feeling than when you get on a good run and you feel like everything will drop on the greens. It’s even better when you get that feeling on the Sunday of a big event.
Eventually, I managed to card a bogey-free round of 64 and take the clubhouse lead half way through the final day’s play. It was a new feeling for me having to wait around and watch the final groups come in, wondering if my total of sixteen-under would be enough.
In the past, I’ve normally found myself in one of the final groups battling with the guys around me and I have to say I probably prefer it that way round.
I’m not the best watcher at the best of times - and even more so when there's a European Tour win hanging in the balance!
The standard in China was really high all week and when Alexander Björk surpassed my score with a birdie putt at the twelfth, I knew it was going to be asking a lot as the guys were really pushing each other on.
As it was, I ended the week in T3 just two shots behind Alexander who claimed his first European Tour win. It was a timely result for me and after another week of intensive practice with my team, I can’t wait to get back out there.
I’m heading over to Belgium next week for the Belgian Knockout and following that I’ll be back on home shores as the BMW PGA Championship rolls into Wentworth once more.
Last season marked my debut at the event and it was probably one of my highlights of the year. The course is always in stellar condition and the atmosphere was fantastic all week.
I know that it’s a real key event for the Aggreko team as well so it will be great to catch up with many of them there - let’s hope it's a successful week for us all!