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Danny along with his brother Ian were on a par as they made their breakthroughs in the early noughties, but in 2002, Danny suffered a potentially career ending injury in his shoulder and was told he may never play again, while Ian went on to become a Ryder Cup legend.
Danny hadn’t played since, until last year when their mother Theresa suffered an aneurysm on the brain. She has since made a full recovery, but Danny, aged 42 — two years Ian’s senior — said the fear of losing her sparked him into life. “It just put everything into perspective, you never know what’s around the corner, hence why I decided in January to go back to playing full-time and get back on Tour,” said Danny.
With a bespoke training schedule focused on strengthening his shoulder, Danny has made excellent progress and exceeded his own early targets.
2016 saw Danny playing numerous Pro-Am events to assist his conditioning; he played regularly on the Europro Tour, the PGA East Regional Tour and even surprised himself by reaching the stage of The Open qualifying. In Addition, Danny has welcomed the opportunity to join the Mena Golf Tour making his debut at the Dubai Creek Open.
In Ian’s book he openly admits that Danny was the better golfer out of the two of them, but life changes. He said that if Danny pulled his finger out and got his head right there will be time for him on the seniors tour, but Danny decided to bite the bullet early and with the experience the family had — having almost lost mum — Danny’s focus is to get out there and do it now.
Danny really believes that his new determination and drive will deliver success, he’s very open about the fact that he’s swinging the clubs as well as his ever done and that he’s definitely got the ability to win and make a success of himself on tour. Danny has set himself a two year plan to get back on tour. He’s hitting the ball 30 yards further, hitting more fairways and greens and simply needs the putter to come to life.
Playing on the Mena Golf Tour in 2016 he said was vital to his return. “It’s competitive three round events playing on top courses in reliable weather. No disrespect to other tours but knowing you can get out and play or practice and not get rained on or blown off the course does make a difference. The facilities in Dubai are also second to none.”
And although he says his return has nothing to do with Ian’s success, he does admit that there’s a competitive element to the comeback.
Danny says “I may have been told I would never play again, but I’ve proved a lot people wrong, including my nearest and dearest and I intend to continue and achieve my boyhood dreams – Now is my time”
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