Eerbetoon Robert-Jan Derksen (27-9-2015)



Turkish Airlines Open round 4 (17-11-2014)
My last round after 18 years as a professional on the European Tour will fill me with many happy memories for years to come.

I played some good solid golf at the Montgomerie Maxx course but could not get the ball close enough to make as many birdies as I would have liked.

And I was limited to signing for a one under par 71 because at the sixth hole - my 15th of the day having started from the tenth tee - I ran up a double bogey after hitting a bad tee shot to the left and into water.

However, that one bad swing was quickly forgotten after I walked off the ninth green to finish the round and head into retirement.

It was a fantastic way to finish on the tough nineth by hitting a four iron into five feet and holing the putt.

And it was wonderful to see the amount of players and caddies who had warmly wished me luck before my last round started. Even some of them were quite emotional.

With Turkish Airlines sponsoring the week in Antalya all the tee markers were made up of small model airplanes.

And as I signed off my last card The European Tour presented me with one of planes engraved with the number 394 to represent the number of tournaments I have played in since my debut as an amateur in 1994. That was a great gesture and a wonderful side.

Twelve months ago Turkey was my last tournament in 2013 and I took six weeks away from golf before starting again in Qatar.

I am now planning to have the same sort of six week break not thinking about the game and instead of heading for the Desert swing in January I shall then put my mind to the future.

There are a few possibilities in my thoughts like training juniors, expanding my putting academy or even taking up a small role with the organisation of the KLM Open.

But sorting out my next life can all wait until next year - for the moment I am just so grateful to have enjoyed such a happy time on Tour and the way that career ended.


Turkish Airlines Open round 2 + 3 (15-11-2014)
I suffered from a lot of frustration playing 27 holes on the third day in Antalya after violent electrical storms had cut short day two.

After opening with a good 69 I had nine holes of my second round to play in the early morning and was disappointed to finish them off with two bogeys.

Sent quickly back out onto the course I played great from tee to green and created a lot of birdie chances but I could not sink a putt.

There was nothing wrong with my putting stroke and I rolled the ball well it just would not drop into the hole and I could only a card a level par 72.

Alongside my early 69 and 74 that left me at one under par and nine shots behind the top five place I need on the leaderboard to earn a place in next week's season-end DP Tour World Championship.

So that means my fourth round here in Turkey is going to be my last before I retire after 18 wonderful years as Tour pro.

The round will live in my memory whatever happens but it would be good to shoot a low score and say goodbye to my career on a high note.


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