Bangkok Blog: Dodt Delighted to Be Alongside Asia's Best

Wed 17 Dec 2008

Bangkok Blog: Dodt Delighted to Be Alongside Asia's Best


Bangkok, December 17: Australian rookie Andrew Dodt is enjoying his debut at the Volvo Masters of Asia this week. With five top-10s this season on the Asian Tour, he managed to finish inside the top-65 on the Order of Merit to qualify for the season-ending tournament and more importantly earn his full card for 2009.

This is his blog from Thailand.

By Andrew Dodt

It means a lot to be here this week as I've got my card for next year. Coming into the last two events of the year, I was pretty nervous as I knew I had to finish top-five in one of them to get my card and I managed to finish second in Vietnam. I was over the moon. To lose in a play-off was disappointing but to have my card is a great feeling. I couldn't be happier at the moment.

I've had five top-10s which have been great. But I also missed four cuts by one shot which was disappointing because they do add up at the end of the year. You're always trying to search for that something to try to get better but I think I've had more highs than lows this year.

My start to the year was slow and I got four of those top-10s in the second half of the year. As the year got on, I got more comfortable being around the guys and more comfortable with my game as well.

During the end of the season run of events, I had a lot of advice from the players. They told me to keep my mind on the job and not think about the Order of Merit and that it would take care of itself. That's what I did in Vietnam and I stuck to my routine the entire week. I was able to come through in second place.

A lot of guys will try to have some fun this week. Then I can put the clubs away for a month but I'm hoping to play well this week.

My goal at the start of the year was to win a tournament. I got into contention a few times and I am able to go away now with that experience. If I get into those situations again, I think I'll be able to handle it better.

It's a fantastic golf course here this week. It's very demanding but if you hit the tee shots in the right areas, you can go low.

There are a lot of Aussies out on the Asian Tour. We have great fun. We go out for dinners a lot and hang out. It's pretty close to home as well and I think it's a great Tour to play on. I love it.

I'm going to go home after this week and catch up with everyone and drink beer! I can't wait to do that to catch up with friends and family.