The Open 2011: Gary Boyd needs a rest after Open toil

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Royal St George's
Gary Boyd
Boyd's appearance at Sandwich was his third at a major

Gary Boyd admits that he badly needs a rest after surviving his first four round test at an Open Championship.

The European Tour pro from Banbury shot a final round 73 to end up 10 over for the week at Royal St George's.

And then he admitted that he is to take the week off and miss Thursday's Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm.

"I'm a bit tired and I've picked up a bit of an ankle injury walking up and down all these hills over the last few days," he told BBC Sport.

"I've had treatment on it the last couple of days. I normally struggle with my right ankle but this week it's been the left.

"It's hard work anyway out there but when you're fighting the wind all the way round it's even more difficult. It makes it physically and mentally exhausting. My caddie looked like he was going to die, it's been that tough out there."

Despite the blow of dropping shots at his first two holes, Boyd, through to the weekend for the first time at a major championship at his third attempt, showed that he still had plenty to play for.

He picked up two shots at the fifth and the 12th, but three more bogeys - two of them at the par threes - saw him sign for a four-round score of 290.

"There's lots of world ranking points to play for and I'm not too far outside the top 100 in the world, so every shot counts out there," he added.

"And one of my goals for the week was to keep doubles off my card, which I managed to do.

"It's my third major, having missed the cut at Birkdale in 2008 and then played the first two rounds at the US Open last year, so it's all part of the learning experience."

Boyd will return to tour duty after a week off at the Irish Open at Killarney on Thursday week.

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