Recently we at the Golf Family reached out to three-time European Tour winner, Nick Dougherty. Nick took the time out to answer a host of questions we had for him which you can see below.
We asked Nick about his career past, present and future as well as his opinions on some current issues.
Q: Nick, you combine your Tour commitments with your role as a guest analyst and ambassador for SkySports, is talking about and helping grow the game the next best for you and do you see the studio as your long-term future?
ND: Definitely, it’s lovely to still be involved in the game I love and be able to test myself in a discipline that is new to me.
Q: What is the biggest difference on Tour, equipment or otherwise since you gained membership on the European Tour in 2002 and now in 2016?
ND: The ball and driver combination has made a huge difference and has arguably helped the lesser ball strikers close the gap on the top ones.
Q: If you could give your 19-year old self (when you turned professional) one piece of advice looking back now, what would it be?
ND: Trust your natural ability and don’t delve into technique or too much coaching. What I had to get on Tour needed to be polished, not reinvented.
Q: Of your 3 European Tour wins, which do you remember the most fondly?
ND: All are special, to win for the first time in Singapore was a massive career goal realised but to win at the “Home of Golf” takes some beating.
Q: The players recently teed it up at Oakmont CC for the U.S. Open, where you led after round 1 and finished 7th in 2007, is it the hardest course you have ever played?
ND: I’d say so but it is all relative. I was playing well that week so to me the course seemed easier than the U.S. Open that I played at Winged Foot where I wasn’t on top of my game.
Q: You recently stated your best day in golf was the day you played with Tiger Woods at the 2007 U.S. Open, which other experience in golf came the closest to that moment?
ND: Any of my wins and also getting to play in the Masters with my family there. The 18th green on Sunday was the last time I hugged my Mum so it will always be a special place to me.
Q: Lastly. We are at Royal Troon for The Open this year, who is your pick to take home the Claret Jug?
ND: Obvious favorites are Dustin Johnson and Jason Day for me but if he’s fully fit I think Justin Rose has a great chance of a second major.
We at the Golf Family would like to thank Nick for the time he took out to answer our questions and wish him all the best for now and the future.