Ford fights back tears as he remembers bad times

Thu May 21, 2015 5:35pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Matt Ford had to wait a long time to achieve his golfing dreams and the Briton still gets emotional when describing the trials and tribulations he endured before getting his tour card at the age of 36.

Ford twice went close to giving up the game and only six months ago was contemplating the prospect of becoming a postman when he suddenly made the breakthrough he longed for, progressing through Qualifying School at the 10th time of asking.

"I was so emotional when I got my card in Spain and it still dries my throat now just thinking about it," he told Reuters in an interview after returning a four-over-par 76 in the BMW PGA Championship first round on Thursday.

"After 10 years of trying you start doubting yourself and you think of giving up. I nearly gave up twice, the last time about a month before I got my card," added Ford, his voice quivering as he fights to hold back the tears.

The Kent professional was so fed up with making unsuccessful trips to Q School that he had to be cajoled by his wife Suzie into entering again in November 2014.

"I went through quite a few emotions at the end of last year," said Ford who has two young children. "I had to apply for a job in a sorting office because I had no real income.

"I've got a mortgage, I've got bills and my wife doesn't work so mine is the only income. It was pretty scary really but I'm sure other people are like that.

"My wife, at that point, just said have another go at Q School," added Ford. "I said I don't know if I really want to.   Continued...