Dodd happy to be back

Playing a Ryder Cup in Wales should be high on Stephen Dodd’s wish list, but that’s the furthest thing from his mind. The 42-year-old Welshman is just happy to be back playing golf after taking three months off at the end of last season.

“It’s a tough game when things aren’t going well – just the toughest place in the world to be,” said Dodd, a three-time European Tour winner who tied for 49th.

Dodd, the 1989 British Amateur champion, returned to former coach Terry Hanson at the end of last year and has got his game back on track. He arrived in his homeland fresh from finishing fourth in the BMW PGA Championship and T-5 in the European Open.

“Stopping was the best thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “I was in a fortunate position where I had the exemption (to the end of 2011), which allowed me to do that, and we tried to fix pretty much all of my game. It’s not where I want it yet, but it’s on the way to recovery.”

As for the playing the Ryder Cup in front of his home fans next year, it isn’t even on his mind.

“I haven’t thought that far ahead – the points don’t start for another three or four months. Obviously it would be a great honor and I would love to do it, but at the moment it’s not in the forefront of my mind.”

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