He wasn’t alone in feeling frustrated after his first round in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club on Thursday, but Jake Redman took to Twitter to give vent to his feelings.
“It’s amazing what 7 weeks of no tournament play can do… #mentalerrors,” said Redman as he looked back on a round which started so promisingly with two birdies in his first three hole and then simply fell apart as he signed for a six-over-par 76 with two double bogeys and five bogeys joining just one more birdie on his card.
“I was hitting the ball well, but I just found myself losing concentration during the round,” he said. “When you’re playing tournaments regularly, you stay in a tournament zone, but before I even blinked, I was making mistakes that really could have been avoided by concentrating better.”
By the time the morning field had completed their rounds, there were 40 double-bogeys recorded by the players, as well as seven triple-bogeys and one quadruple-bogey. And with 226 birdies and five eagles, those figures speak of the kind of inconsistency that professional golfers dread.
Redman will have to go very low in his second round if he is to make the cut to 40 players and ties – but then he’s not alone!