Happy New Year to everyone, looking forward to an exciting year that includes a Ryder Cup!
It’s been a frustrating month professionally to say the least but a very rewarding personal one. Started a 4-week run with the Italian Open, returning to the course where I won back in 2002. The week began with a bit of fun after picking up our rental car – a Ford ecosport Fiesta. Wanting to open the boot, guess what – we could not work out! At one point we had 9 people around the car searching for a button. I was posting it live on Instagram and many of you kept saying: Google it! But hey, we think we are smarter, right? Wrong – finally we gave in and found it on Google. Maybe that was an omen for the week… On the Wednesday I did a photo shoot of the clubs I used to win back in 2002. Take a look at these beauties from Titleist back then!
Hi, everyone, it’s been 6 to 7 weeks since my last blog. I finished up the PGA tour season and had a great 4 weeks’ rest at home before heading over to the UK end of September for the European Tours flagship event the BMW Championship. So let’s catch up starting with the end of the PGA tour 2019.
Penning my blog from my home in the UK before heading back across the pond for the kids to get ready for back to school. It’s been a funny old month with highs and lows, thankfully the high coming at the end!
Starting off my blog with a miss cut, not the best way to say hello! The course was playing really long at this time of year! Which of course is no excuse but it was a grind to the end resulting in a weekend off in New York.
Where to start, what an amazing week in so many ways! Decided to get in Monday and ease myself into the week, taking into account the weather forecast for the first few days. Terry Mundy comes over from the UK for a 3-week run, having caddied for me for all my Masters appearances. It’s an arrangement we have between us and James (my regular PGA caddy) is fine with that. @foot joy delivered a nice package with my Pro/SL shoes with for the US Masters and my monogram on the back.
As highlighted in the media this course is at high altitude so the balls fly further and it takes a bit of adjustments. However, it’s a traditional golf course having to shape shots and I really took to it on first look.
I saw the New Year in flying to Kapalua Maui for the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the start of a 5-week run (globetrotting from Florida to Hawaii to the Middle East & back home).
Managed a week at home before heading off to Dubai where I had picked up a virus in China and had a bad week with my asthma and not feeling good in general.
Leading up to flying to Paris I managed to get some rest, family time and practice finishing with a fun match against Henrik Stenson at Lake Nona.
After a few days home in the UK getting over missing the cut at The Open, I flew over to Canada for their Open Championship, one of the oldest on the PGA Tour.
After the Italian Open took a week off at home in the United Kingdom before heading over to the US Open at Shinnecock hills where I played my first US Open back in 2005. To be honest it’s been my less favorite Major, best finish being T21 so arrived with no expectations but confident with my game.
As you all know this time last year was the turnaround of my fortunes and this course fits my eye so generally play well here. The week before that I did a couple of shoots for the PGA Tour social media which you can take a look at here
After the whirlwind from Houston I flew home for just one day and then headed to Augusta with Henrik Stenson arriving late Tuesday afternoon. It’s the first time I have ever arrived so late to prepare for the Masters but I came in on a high and the big question was going to be could I maintain it after the drain of the last 5 weeks.
After the intense media coverage on the incident I flew home Saturday night for some down time and decided on the Tuesday to fly to Huston and play myself into the Masters. (All players have to confirm entry for the following week by 5pm EST on a Friday which I did during the Dell).
As you all know I took 7 weeks off after finishing up in Dubai last November. 2017 was one of the most roller coaster years I have experienced in my professional life. From the lows of losing my PGA Tour card to being extremely grateful to Brian Gay for spotting the change in the Fed-Ex points system and weeks later nearly winning the Players!