Rain prevents Peter Whiteford getting back in the swing

Peter Whiteford
Peter Whiteford

Bad weather saw Peter Whiteford endure a frustrating start to life on this year’s Challenge Tour.

The Kirkcaldy golfer, who lost his European Tour card last season, was ready to start his campaign to win back playing rights at the Madeira Islands Open.

But the elements conspired against him and the competition was called off because of heavy wind and rain.

Whiteford was sitting one shot off the pace at -3 when the decision was made to abandon the event.

However, the Wellsgreen ace insisted that he was happy with his form during his short time on the course.

He said: “I’m quite happy - I played nicely and left a few out there, to be honest, which is nice to say, considering I was probably the worst golfer on the European Tour last year.

“I feel very refreshed after taking a little break from the game.

“The driver is a lot better and that was the thing that was killing me last year, but you work twice as hard when you’re playing badly and I was doing more than I should have been doing, working on the wrong things.

“It feels better, the time away helped to refresh the brain a little bit and if I enjoy it I’ll play alright.

“I don’t care how I do at the moment as long as I enjoy it.

“I’m not going to play European Tour this year, maybe a couple, but my focus is on the Challenge Tour and to enjoy it and not be depressed and miserable.”