Madeira Islands Open. Tournament Reduced to 36 Holes. May 10 2014
"I'm over the moon with four under, it’s quite tough out there. It’s very windy and it’s been a long day, I was up at 5:15 am this morning and had five warm ups during the day. Hopefully I can do more of the same in the second round. I didn’t drop a shot for my whole first round which was nice. I haven’t done that for a while."
“I have never played an event like this. This is definitely a first for me. I got to the golf club here on Monday morning at 11am and I had played seven holes by 2pm on the Saturday afternoon, so it’s been a long week. But it’s the same for everyone. No one can do anything about the weather so you just have to take it as it comes."
“It’s a mental test, absolutely. I was on the tee, then back into the clubhouse and back and forth a couple of times. It’s tough but you’ve got to have your wits about you and if you can get your head around it there are big opportunities there. It’s such a big week for the Challenge Tour players this week, if you have a good week it’s a big step towards getting a European Tour card at the end of the season. Hopefully more of the same tomorrow and we’ll see where that takes me.”
Daniel Brooks was also very happy with his effort;
"I'm really happy with that round, I made a few nice birdie putts at the start and then hit a couple of lovely shots coming in at the end for a couple of birdies."
“It’s alright once you get out there on the course because you’re out there competing and it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, you’re out there to do your job either way. Hopefully I can carry on the way I'm going.”The final outcome of this tournament is still in the balance with just one round to go. A low score tomorrow will be enough to lift the trophy, and just about anyone could win it.