Brendan Jones' mum's cancer battle affected him on the golf course

Brendan Jones' mum's cancer battle affected him on the golf course

As his mum battled cancer, Canberra golfer Brendan Jones found himself battling to keep his cool on the golf course - worrying about her troubles was causing him to get "very angry, very quickly".

But when the calendar ticked over to 2016, things started to fall into place and Jones says he is a new person confident of adding to his 13 career titles on the Japan Golf Tour.

Tough time: Canberra golfer Brendan Jones has revealed he struggled with his mum's battle with cancer last year.

Tough time: Canberra golfer Brendan Jones has revealed he struggled with his mum's battle with cancer last year.

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Jones tees off in the New Zealand PGA Championship in Auckland on Thursday, which he is using to get ready for the following week's NZ Open in Christchurch.

After a couple of tough years, Jones is confident again and excited about the year ahead.

But it was a completely different scenario less than 12 months ago when his mother Margaret was diagnosed with cancer in about July.


He tried to play on when Margaret was first diagnosed, but only lasted a couple of holes before pulling out.

She had half a lung removed 15 years ago due to cancer and this time was found to have tumours in her brain and in her lymph nodes.

Now she is in remission and enjoying a holiday in Darwin after her tough battle took its toll.

Jones said she was one of the lucky ones on the mend.

"Her report that she's been given is that things are looking promising," he said.

"She's just having a bit of a holiday up in Darwin at the moment, a bit of R-and-R up there because obviously chemo and radiation takes it out of you."

It took its toll on him too, affecting his demeanour out on the course - which is a major problem in a game that requires a calm mind.

At the same time, his former management company was also causing him headaches through some tax problems they had neglected.

But the arrival of the new year also seems to have brought some peace for Jones.

"I just found I was getting very angy on the golf course very quickly and I guess that was what it was all about," Jones said.

"I'm a new person this year, I'm a lot happier. It wasn't just mum's cancer, I had other things going on as well.

"I had some major issues that my previous management company had put me in ... put it all together and I was a pretty grumpy person.

"That was affecting my performances on the course and obviously my home life ... but as the calendar ticked over all of the things are falling into place."

Jones normally starts his year at the NZ Open, but it will be his third tournament of 2016.

He played in the Singapore Open at the end of January and while he missed the cut, he felt he was playing as well as the eventual winner, Young-Han Song.

He had started terribly, with a six-over opening round, but shot five-under the following day to miss the cut by one shot.

Jones is confident of taking that second-round form across the ditch and then on to Japan.

"Success is half attitude and I'm feeling heaps better than I have in the past," he said.

"I'm feeling really excited about being back out there again - I'm fit and I've pretty much got a clear head.

"I feel my game's good, I'm experienced, it's just a matter of getting back in contention and if I do that often enough I'm going to come through with the goods - I haven't given up on winning 14, even 15, [titles]."

David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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