“I’m happier these days because I got quite restless not being able to play golf or do my physical exercise. I started doing yoga but I didn’t realise that when you do yoga it’s quite stressful as well, especially with all these poses where you have to have your head down on the ground. That wasn’t the best way of resting so I just did it once and went back to bed,” she said.

After spending her first whole winter in Denmark for 13 years, Amanda is now craving the sunshine. She will spend the next three weeks in Spain, before starting the season with the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open in Ticino in May.

Her time out has given her a renewed appetite for the game after a mini-slump in 2008, when she dropped to 89th on the New Star Money List.

Last year her season-best finish was a tie for third at the inaugural Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China in November, which equalled her career best placing in seven years on the LET. However she thinks she can do much better.

“I’ve been trying to think about what has been holding me back, I think part of it was that I found a great boyfriend and I think I lost a bit of focus there.

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