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GOLF: Tom Robson laps up Faldo final experience
TOM Robson’s “awesome” adventure across the Atlantic has given him a clear indication of what he needs to work on to take his game to the next level.
The Weymouth Golf Club ace finished joint 24th in the Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, where he got to go head-to-head with some of the best young prospects in the world.
Difficult conditions, which included frost, snow flurries and hailstorms, made life tough for everyone in the 54-hole competition, but Robson took it in his stride, posting scores of 74 and 72 in the opening two rounds.
Trailing the leader by six shots, he then adopted an aggressive approach over the last 18 and although it failed to pay off in a disappointing round of 80, it took none of the shine off what had clearly been a fantastic experience.
Robson told Echosport: “It was awesome, and the course was just fantastic.
“The weather turned when we got there, which was a bit of a shame.
“On the practice day I went out in a t-shirt but the next morning the temperatures went down to freezing and there was frost on the ground.
“The next couple of days then included snow flurries and hailstorms but although it made the competition that much tougher, it was still a lot of fun.”
Reflecting on his performance, he added: “I went out with a game-plan in the final round.
“After the first two I was still in contention so I decided to go out and play aggressive and in the end that was why I shot so many over par.
“I knew I had to do something if I wanted to win it and unfortunately on this occasion it didn’t come off.
“However, the fact I was still in with a shout after 36 holes, despite having not played particularly great, just goes to show what could be possible with a bit more hard work.
“I need to get a bit bigger because a lot of the players, particularly the Americans I was playing with, were hitting 30 yards past me.
“That is something I will be working on over the winter and hopefully I can come back next year a lot stronger.”
Nick Faldo MBE, a six-time major winner, was in attendance at the Greenbrier for the duration of the competition and was more than happy to pass on his knowledge of the game despite being injured.
Robson said: “Nick Faldo spent quite a bit of time with us. Not only did he have dinner with us but he was also there every day.
“He got injured in a competition a couple of weeks ago, which meant he couldn’t hit any shots with us, so instead of holding a clinic he got Justin Rose’s mind coach to speak to us about the psychology of the game and how to visualise your way around a course, which was really interesting.
“It gave us an insight into how the professionals approach it and hopefully we can now go away and put that into practice in our own games.
“The whole time I was there was just incredible,” he added. “I met so many people and made so many great friends, and the resort, the hotel and the golf club were just unbelievable.”
The Faldo Series, for boys and girls aged 12-21, is made up of 38 annual tournaments which take place in 28 countries worldwide.
The leading players then qualify for the Grand Final where they get the chance to emulate past winners such as Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
Lyme Regis golfer Sophie Keech (75-78-75), who currently represents Parkstone Golf Club, also took part at The Greenbrier and finished just two shots behind Robson in joint 28th.
The winner of the event was American Megan Khang (70-71-69) followed by England’s Paul Kinnear (71-69-72) in second place.
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