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Manchester Evening News: Matt Nixon on injuries, Made in Denmark and West Riding Hyundai
Article posted: 16 May 2019

I’ve always felt it’s a privilege to play on the European Tour so even when I’m not going to make a cut I’d never throw the towel in but I had no choice this time.

 

- Matt Nixon

As I get ready for next week’s Made in Denmark tournament, it feels like the year has been a little stop and start for me so far.

I was in good shape going into Morocco three weeks ago, playing some great golf and feeling on top of every aspect, but I had to pull out because of a neck problem – the first time I’ve had to withdraw in almost 175 tournaments. 

I’ve always felt it’s a privilege to play on the European Tour so even when I’m not going to make a cut I’d never throw the towel in but I had no choice this time.

I had tweaked it the week before, but it was fine in practice until the Wednesday when I got some pain in my shoulder and it all got tighter and tighter. I played well in the first round, but it was bad when I woke up on the Friday morning and it still wasn’t good after seeing the physio and warming up and it went straight into spasm after I hit my first tee shot.

I had physio in the fairway but I was locked up and couldn’t even turn my neck to putt. I couldn’t play. 

Morocco is a course I love and it was an opportunity to do well, leading into the British Masters, both high-ranking tournaments in comparison to what I’m going to get into in the next few months. 

I wasn’t able to hit a ball until the Sunday before the Betfred British Masters and I’m still learning to trust my neck and trying to get a feeling of co-ordination back. 

I felt on the back foot going into the British Masters and I didn’t play well but it was still a brilliant event. It was great to play a really nice golf course that was in good condition with a mate of mine that I’ve grown up with Tommy Fleetwood’s face plastered all over everything as tournament host. It was great to be a part of, even if I was disappointed with the way I played. 

There’s nothing like playing in England – something I haven’t done since the British Masters in 2015 at Woburn - in front of a home crowd and it felt like a proper tournament. 

One of the things people talk about is a perceived lack of venues around Manchester that could carry a tournament like that. 

Recently I was lucky enough to play at the JCB Course. They’re ambitious and the golf course could be great to host a European Tour event in the future. I know they’ve got big plans. 

I played there with one of my sponsors, West Riding Hyundai. I’m really grateful for the support they’ve given me this year – they’ve helped me out with an unbelievable car! – and when you’re in my position, finding people that are willing to help and genuinely want you to do well is invaluable. 

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