Garrick Porteous opened his account on the DP World Tour last week in Ras Al-Khaimah but unfortunately missed the cut by two shots. Garrick played some really nice golf in round one and at one stage he was four under par after 14 holes before finally settling for a 71 (-1). His second round didn’t see him kick on but he did finish with three birdies on the spin for a 73 (+1). Whilst disappointed to miss the cut in his first event he did appreciate that there were some positive signs. However, there is also a lot of work to be done in the weeks ahead.
Garrick now turns his attention to the Challenge Tour in South Africa for the next two weeks. He had hoped to be going to Singapore and Thailand on the DP World Tour but due to the reduced size of field he misses out. However, there is an opportunity to work on his game and get some game time on the highly competitive Challenge Tour.
Firstly, Garrick will visit the Fancourt Golf estate for the Dimensions Data Pro-Am starting on the 9th February. He has played in this event before finishing 6th in 2016 and 13th last year. Then it will be on to the SDC Open and the Zebula Golf Estate and Spa starting on the 16th February.
Garrick will then be home for a short spell before hopefully heading back out to Kenya to play in the Magical Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club on the 9th March on the DP World tour. Once again Garrick enjoyed this event last year playing really well to finish 13th. He is hoping these positive finishes from last year can inspire a fast start to 2023 on courses he knows and likes.