Klára Davidson Spilková: I’m leaving the tournament tired, but with a good feeling.
For Klára Davidson Spilková, this was a fifth big tournament in a row as she had spent a total of two months away from home. Despite that, she is bringing home a good result the AIG Women’s Open, where she played against the world’s elite. Thanks to a solid score in the final round, she managed to move up to top 60 in the final rankings, leaving behind several big names.
“Mistakes happen, and I made a few, but on the other hand, I managed to save a few holes as well. That’s golf, and it’s usually fair. The key to success always lies in consistency, and that’s what I lacked in the third round. Today’s final round was probably the toughest of the entire week. We played the longest version of the course, and I consider a score of two shots over par for the round a solid one. Thanks to that, I moved up on the leaderboard. I know I can do more, but I take it as it is,” the player shared her thoughts after completing the final round in England.
Davidson Spilková started the tournament in great style, with a score of 71(-1) on Thursday, which placed her in a tie for 19th place. However, she failed to avoid errors in the second and third rounds, adding a combined five shots over par to her score. This caused her to slip down to a tied 61st spot after Saturday’s round. She didn’t manage to play under par even in Sunday’s round, but thanks to a consistent play and a score of 74(+2), the Czech managed to improve her overall position to a tied 56th place.
“I’m leaving the tournament tired, but with a good feeling. I’m glad I managed to make the cut and play all four rounds. I haven’t played majors for a long time, and it shows. It’s always the biggest test of the year for everyone. Even though I know I have it in me, I would need to play as many of these tournaments as possible to gain more experience and know how to handle certain situations better,” Davidson Spilková summed up her performance.
After the British major, Davidson Spilková will take a two-week break to recuperate. Contrary to her original plan, she will skip the upcoming ISPS HANDA World Invitational in Northern Ireland, which is played together with the men from the DP World Tour.
“In the end, the team and I decided that I won’t be playing in Northern Ireland next week. Physically, it wouldn’t be a problem, but I need to give it a break mentally. The five consecutive four-round tournaments, including two majors, have taken a toll on me. It’s affecting my concentration and leads to unnecessary mistakes. I’m still learning – such as that sometimes less can be more. I want to be in the best possible shape for Ireland, where I will be defending the title, and then for the tournament in the Netherlands and conclusion of the season,” the professional outlined her next plans.
According to her own words, this year’s British Championship, held near London, was not only her biggest test of the year but also one of the most beautiful tournaments in her career so far.
“This year’s Women’s Open was one of the best and most beautiful tournaments I’ve ever experienced. Over 50,000 tickets were sold, and there were a lot of spectators already at the practice rounds. Today, the gallery was crowded, almost like when I once visited the Men’s Open. A splendid course, well-designed holes, an incredible atmosphere and a huge experience for everyone,” Spilková described her impressions of the tournament.
Klára Davidson Spilková’s tournament schedule:
31 August – 3 September 2023 KPMG Women’s Irish Open, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland
8-10 September 2023 Big Green Egg Open, Hilversum, Netherlands