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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 February, 2005, 10:35 GMT
Mixed emotions for rain-hit Briton
Brian Davis
By Brian Davis
European and US Tour pro

  • Brian will be filing monthly reports from his life as a professional on the US and European Tour.

    I just felt I could maybe have nicked the title

    You find me in a happy mood and a bad mood rolled into one after the rain-shortened Nissan Open.

    Obviously, I'm happy with tied third. It was a great week for me.

    But the flip side is that I would have loved to have gone out for the third round because I was playing great, and I just felt I could maybe have nicked the title.

    And a win over 54 or more holes would have meant a two-year exemption on the US Tour, which would have been job done.

    As it is we only get 75% of the world-ranking points so it's a bit disappointing.

    Every point helps and if I can get back into the world's top 50 - I'm currently 88th - I may be able to get into the Bay Hill Invitational, TPC and ultimately the Masters.

    But my winnings of $278,000 will count on the money list and is a massive way towards getting my card for next year.

    Added to that the early season re-rankings - for all those exempt via the Qualifying School and Nationwide Tour - occur after this week's Accenture Match Play and the Chrysler Classic, so I'm in a good position in second there.

    And that's important for getting into more events.

    I've come off a couple of bad weeks - two missed cuts - and I wasn't happy with my game up at the AT&T. I was struggling on the greens.

    Tucson is a good opportunity for a win while the top 64 play in California

    I took a few days off after Pebble Beach as I was feeling a bit burned out, and then changed a couple of things in my swing and went to work on my putting.

    I felt good when I got to LA and had a good vibe.

    My first-round 65 was obviously great to take the lead but more impressive was the 69 in the second round.

    I treated it as the last round, as most guys did, because we knew what was coming.

    After slipping back to five under, I played awesome on the back nine, nailing every shot, and that almost means more to me than where I finished.

    But it was a very tough week, contending with the traffic in LA which is way worse than London, and then with all the rain for two days I didn't hit any balls. And then it was, "right, go", and it was a completely different golf course.

    But overall there's nothing you can do about the weather. We've had those weeks in Europe and you just have to get on with it. Everyone's in the same boat.

    Another little bonus this week was that I won $50,000 to donate to a charity of my choice for leading going into the final round.

    We're looking into that now - it might go to a children's charity in Los Angeles where the tournament was held or it might be for kids back in Orlando where we're based.

    Now I'm off to Tucson for the Chrysler while the top 64 are playing the Accenture Match Play in California.

    It's a good opportunity to get a win before going back to the Florida Swing next week.

    We're really enjoying it out here but I'm looking forward to coming back home in May and doing my bit in Europe and seeing everyone again.

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