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2013 was very up and down but fortunately a tale of two halves. We renovated our new home throughout the year which was a big undertaking, but a fun and worthwhile experience. However, after being ready and in great shape to head out to South Africa to start the season we had a light snowfall back home. Friends came over to see the house and whilst messing around in the garden I fell and broke my wrist. Two days before flying out it was a massive disappointment and forced me into a changed schedule to follow the Challenge Tour for the year and a different approach.

I struggled to find my swing after the 6 weeks out injured and played awful until late summer. Fortunately my secret weapon came to the rescue when Lauren caddied for me in Northern Ireland and I lost in a playoff. This was a kick start to the season and the starting point of rebuilding my career. A late charge on the Challenge Tour got me to the grand final but unfortunately I came up short of automatic qualification to get my full card back on the European Tour. Another visit to the qualifying school was my last chance for the year. Six rounds over the Stadium and Tour courses in Spain were all it would take.

I did the hard part well, ten under par for the four rounds over the tougher Stadium Course was plenty good enough however three over on the Tour Course was not. I fell agonisingly short missing out by two shots. I rallied hard all week after a few poor starts especially the final day but it just wasn't enough. The year did finish reasonably well however after good performances in Mauritius and South Africa, making eight straight cuts and gaining lots of momentum going into 2014.

 
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2012 was very much a year of one step forward, two steps back for Oliver. The year started on a much more positive note after becoming fit and healthy again; however, the consistency never developed and problems with the driver stopped him from capitalising on the good work he'd done on the rest of his game. A full schedule of playing between the European Tour and a few events on the Challenge Tour gave him two opportunities to regain his full playing status, but unfortunately he got caught in a balancing act and ended up missing out. The end of the year became focused on getting the right people around him and creating the best possible team for 2013. A change in fitness coach to Raphael Brandon has made a massively positive impact on his fitness, and a return to Mike Walker as golf coach, who was very involved when Oliver was at his peak with Pete Cowen, has helped regain some of the successful feelings from before. The last significant change has been a move to International Sports Management group to help guide Oliver through the rest of his career.

 
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Unfortunately the 2011 season did not have many highlights for Oliver having struggled with persistent health issues and ongoing swing changes. Despite all this Oliver did enjoy his maiden win at the Tavistock Cup. Although a small field and only over 2 days it was a world class field nevertheless. Sadly the confidence that victory brought was short lived.

Changes to his swing were still raw which proved problematic in the windier conditions in Europe meaning the success he enjoyed in the States was not continued over the remainder of the season. Together with ongoing health issues it was a difficult season for Oliver. However towards the end of 2011 he began working with new coach Graham Walker which provided immediate improvements leaving Oliver wondering where he would have been if he had made the change sooner.

 
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