But for a cold putter our latest recruit – Richard McEvoy demonstrated some very promising early season form in Perth, Australia and Delhi, India recently on the European Tour.
A poor start in Perth had Richie +4 through eight holes but he ground hard on day one to eventually shoot +3 and then roared back on day two with a 5-under par 67 to easily make the cut. A brilliant start on day three -5 through the first five holes had McEvoy close to the lead but a bogey on eight and frustration on the back nine eventually wound up to a 2-under par 70 going into the final round on -4. A brilliant spell in the middle of the final round (6 birdies in eight holes) rounded off a solid week with a 69 and a -7 total to finish in a tie for 22nd place – an excellent recovery from a poor start.
The Indian Open was a different story! Following an agonising wait, Richie flew to Delhi as first reserve, eventually taking the place of Brett Rumford who strangely enough went down with a Delhi belly! It gave McEvoy little time to prepare but the golf course is very much to his liking. One of the tightest courses on tour, Richie’s ultra solid long game was as good as ever and rounds of 71, 70 and 68 put him in a great position going into the final round. Unfortunately, despite hitting more greens in regulation on Sunday (15) than any of the first three rounds, 37 putts put pay to any chance of contending, eventually finishing in a tie for 37th.
Although disappointed with his finishing positions, Richie is in very good spirits and in confident mood as the European Tour finally heads to Europe in a couple of weeks time. We wish him well..