BMW PGA Championship
Posted: 23rd May 2012
The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth is one of my favourite weeks of the year.
When the sun’s up, the sky blue and everything in bloom it’s a special occasion made even more so when people are walking around in warm sunshine enjoying a welcome burst of summer.
After finishing runner up to Luke Donald here last year it would be very nice indeed to go one better this time and I’m coming into it on the back of some decent form this year. I’ve won in Indonesia and had four top five finishes in America including third at The Masters.
The big difference this year is that I will be going into the tournament with a new caddy... MORE »
Shell Houston Open
Posted: 28th March 2012
Here I am at one of my favourite US Tour stops – Redstone Golf Club for the Shell Houston Open.
I have no problem with Houston. It’s a great city with a tournament to match, run excellently by Steve Timms and that’s why I’m back.
It’s an event I’d really like to do well here because I like to be competitive the week before a major and our first for the season is just around the corner.
But I won’t have Georgia on my mind until after Sunday because I’m here to try to win and this tournament deserves plenty of respect.
I have to be mentally focused on one thing at a time because I’m not smart enough... MORE »
Broken my duck!
Posted: 24th February 2012
It doesn’t get much better than going to Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen.
That was comfortably one of the proudest moments of my life last week when along with Laurae and my parents John and Trish plus Poppy and Sam we were guests of Her Majesty for my acceptance of an OBE, Order of the British Empire, medal.
After being told that I was receiving it for services to golf, Her Majesty said she was surprised to see me there considering all the travelling I did. I’m sure she would much rather have chatted about horse racing, a passion we share.
Britain’s honours system seems to have some of my American friends a little puzzled because I have... MORE »
Posted: 2nd February 2012
Here I am in Qatar hoping to inject some acceleration into my first-gear start in Abu Dhabi.
I had a few issues to negotiate in Abu Dhabi as well as my notoriously slow kick-off to every season. I hadn’t played a lot having been concentrating mainly on my fitness so it wasn’t too surprising that I was a bit off the pace.
But I hadn’t factored in a shoulder injury which hampered me for a couple of days, but has cleared up now. I've been working on setting the club higher at the top and I couldn't really support the club with my shoulder and neck. Once that started to ease off on the weekend, I felt like I swung... MORE »
New Year Starts Here
Posted: 26th January 2012
I’m out of my winter hibernation and now I’m ready for another tilt at golf’s greatest prizes starting this week in Abu Dhabi.
I can’t think of many if any better places to start the season because the weather is predictably good, it’s a great golf course and HSBC have done well to assemble one of the best fields ever on the European Tour.
I’ve built up to this in Dubai although I didn’t need too much preparation because my year went on quite late and didn’t finish until just before Christmas. I’ve worked off my holiday excesses thanks to chief gym whip-cracker Steve McGregor and now I’m hoping to pull my weight rather than lifting it.
I’m also in good heart because... MORE »