The ‘greatest need’ for a lot of golfers in European Tour terms at the moment is to get inside the top 110 in the ‘Race to Dubai’ rankings. By doing that, a player will retain his full status on tour for the 2019 season. Falling short of that isn’t the end of the world by any means, but it restricts the player competing in certain events on the schedule next year.
Those currently outside the top 110 have a handful of tournaments left this season to excel and hopefully propel themselves up the rankings. So, with limited events left to do that, understandably it’s tense times for a lot of individuals as they see how the next few weeks unfold.
It was both good and worthwhile to be at the KLM Open in Spijk, Netherlands for a couple of days. ‘The Dutch’ golf course is an hour south of Amsterdam by car and we were blessed by some sunny weather.
When I arrived at my hotel on the Tuesday night, I crossed paths with an English golfer I had enjoyed a chat with in Prague at the Czech Masters three weeks previously. I had no idea he was going to be staying in the same place as me, and it was great to have dinner with him each night I was there.
He came along to our Bible study on Wednesday, when we looked at a passage in Mark 2 v 1-12 under the title ‘Man’s Greatest Need’. It looked as if the greatest need of the paralysed man in the story was to be physically healed, yet Jesus highlighted how forgiving the man’s sins was of more importance. Yet, he healed him too, in order to further show His authority as the Son of God!
Due to other commitments clashing, some players and caddies were not able to make the Bible study, but I spent one-to-one time with each of those at a different point in the day to catch up with how they were and to share a small bit of what we looked at in Mark 2.
I continue to thoroughly enjoy the on the European Tour and believe significant progress is being made in building relationships with people in that community.
God-willing, that will continue at the Portugal Masters next week in Vilamoura. My wife Amy and daughter Jessica are coming to that event with me and we’ll stay on for a few days holiday. it will be great for them to meet a few people in that environment.
Thanks for your continued support. Kenny
Kenny Crawford, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour. You can follow Kenny on Twitter here.