Wow! What A Year!
Posted: 8th December 2009
Winner of the first Dubai World Championship and European No.1 for the second time. It all sounds and feels pretty good to me.
To walk off Greg Norman’s Earth course in the desert with a new record, a second title in five weeks to be crowned Europe’s top golfer was extra special. Indeed, I’d say the whole thing was my greatest achievement to date... and hopefully there is bigger and better to come.
As for the €1.6million prize money, well, I’m told there’s a sale on at Jimmy Choo at the moment so that should keep Laurae in footwear for a few months.
So what of the week in the United Arab Emirates. It's hard to imagine playing better and getting the breaks... MORE »
The Best Day!
Posted: 25th November 2009
I'm still a bit speechless. I played fantastic at the weekend. I played well at the start of the week, but 66 and 64 will take some catching, It's as good as I've ever played, especially under this pressure. It gives me so much confidence to go into the next season.
Ending the 2009 season as Europe's number one gives me greater satisfaction than when I won the Order of Merit in 2000, as back then, I was young and didn't know what it was all about. I'd only really ever had highs. Then I went through a low that was well documented and it has been a long way back.
Sunday in Dubai was certainly the best day of my career!
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First at Last....
Posted: 4th November 2009
I’ve become Portugal Masters Champion since my last blog and it feels simply great.
I’d been climbing the world rankings steadily, but it had been over two years since my last win... and I was starting to wonder if there was going to be a 30th having been stuck on 29 for so long.
I was even starting to doubt myself a little bit by getting into contention and then not finishing the job so it’s nice to be back on the winning trail and particularly in Portugal where Oceanico do a great job for golf.
The win will probably be remembered for one particular shot on 17 during the final round where I couldn’t afford any mistakes. I was stuck between two... MORE »
So near and yet so far...
Posted: 25th July 2009
So near and yet so far at Turnberry. It was disappointing although third place in a major is not to be sniffed at.
To be perfectly honest I thought I had to hole my first putt on the last green, but then to three-putt and miss out on a play-off by one was a bit of a sickener.
I couldn't see Tom Watson bogeying the last, since he's such an experienced player, but he did and that left the door open for Stewart Cink to claim the first major title I'm still looking for.
I actually played great all week and even though I had a two-shot lead at one stage in the final round, I never once thought that I had it... MORE »
Positive in Paris
Posted: 9th July 2009
Losing a play-off for The French Open was in no way the end of the world for me. I brought only positives away from Paris with me after a very good week there.
I was four shots back at the start of the day so being tied for the lead after 72 holes was a pretty good effort. Martin Kaymer made the carry on the last at the first extra hole by a foot and I missed it by a foot. On such margins are titles decided so I didn't have anything to beat myself up over on the way back.
I was top 10 in two driving categories and hit greens in regulation on no fewer than 84 per cent of... MORE »