Rollercoaster ride for Higgins in Catalyuna as he finishes in 38th spot

DAVID Higgins' participation at the Spanish Open last weekend at the Catalyuna Resort in Spain was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride as he went from lows to highs to lows again before eventually finishing in a tie for 38th place and a cheque for €8,850.

Thursday's opening round began poorly with a double bogey followed by a bogey at the second and third holes before birdies at the eight and tenth holes got him back to one over par. Another bogey at the twelfth was followed by an eagle at fifteen and a birdie at sixteen to get to one under, but bogeys on the two closing holes saw him sign for a one over par 73.

Friday's second round started brightly with seven pars and two birdies on the front nine, but a birdie and five bogeys (including three to finish) saw him close with a 74 for a two round total of plus 3 and it looked quite likely that he was heading home for the weekend but the cut fell on plus four and he got through.

The opening to Saturday's round showed just what Higgins is capable of when on form as the Waterville man reeled off five birdies in the first six holes and a bogey at the seventh saw him turn in four under for the round. The back nine proved a problem and although he did birdie the twelfth, three bogeys and a double bogey in the closing six holes resulted in a level par 72.

On Sunday bogeys on the opening two holes arrested progress but a birdie on the third got the round somewhat back on track, but further bogeys on the ninth and eleventh saw him drop further down the leader board before his second eagle of the week at the fifteenth saw him close with a 73 for a share of 38th place.

On the positive side it was the second event in a row where he has made the cut, (having done so the previous week in Madeira) and the burst of five birdies in six holes in the third round will certainly be a confidence booster but, the costly mistakes in each round are taking their toll and ruining his chances of a high finish.

As David is well down the waiting list, it is unlikely he will be in the field for this week's BMW event at Wentwort, but he will more than likely tee it up the following week at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

Currently lying in 160th place on the money list, a couple of big cheques are required over the next two or three months if he is to regain his full playing rights for next year.