Big month ahead
Posted: 16th October 2013
On Saturday, I am off to China for the BMW Masters and WGC-HSBC Champions, both of which are in Shanghai.
From there it is the Turkish Airlines Open, a new event on the European Tour, before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
These last four events have been named as the 'Final Series' and has been created as something to rival the FedEx Cup in the United States.
There is obviously a lot to play for over the course of the next month and it is a great opportunity to finish this season on a positive note while also setting myself up nicely for next year.
After Dubai, I'm heading to Australia for the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, where I... MORE »
Back to the day job
Posted: 10th October 2013
The Seve Trophy at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche in Paris last week turned out to be a disappointing result.
Great Britain and Ireland comfortably beat Continental Europe when I last played in the tournament in 2009. This time, however, it was much more competitive and we ended up losing 15-13.
A two-point difference in a week where a lot of golf is played is a close match. Congratulations to our opponents – they were deserving winners.
Three out of my five matches were decided at the 18th hole, yet I only managed to win one point all week, which was alongside Scott Jamieson in the Saturday morning foursomes.
I felt I played better than that all week, though, and hit some great shots at the right times in... MORE »
Posted: 2nd October 2013
I'm in Paris this week for the Seve Trophy, where Great Britain & Ireland take on continental Europe in a Ryder Cup-style format.
It is great to compete in matchplay every now and then as it is something we rarely do as professionals. To do so under the name of the greatest European golfer and an icon of our game, Seve Ballesteros, makes it even more special.
It is very exciting to be part of a team in an individual sport. I really miss that from my days as an amateur and also when I was playing football.
We are playing just outside of Versailles at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche. It is a lovely course – not particularly long, tree-lined and, overall, plenty of fun. There... MORE »
Posted: 25th September 2013
The start of my run towards the end of the season begins at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week.
It is one of the best weeks of the year and incorporates two separate competitions – an individual tournament for the professionals and a team event in which players are paired with some of the most recognisable amateurs from the world of sport, music, film or anywhere else for that matter.
Held at the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and the Kingsbarns Golf Links, we are able to play three of the best and most respected links courses in the UK.
Crucially, there are also plenty of Official World Golf Ranking points up for grabs.
It is the start... MORE »
Boost for Joost
Posted: 18th September 2013
It sounds obvious, but I hate missing cuts.
You don't get paid, only play two rounds and are forced to sit in an airport waiting for a flight home on a Friday night before waiting all weekend to see who wins. It really hurts.
And last week at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, where I missed the weekend by one, is a classic example.
Obviously, your results are what you are judged on, but a 72 in the first round and a 68 in the second were actually better than they appeared.
I have a few things I'm working towards with my coach Paul Mitchell at the moment.
For now, results are, to a certain extent, irrelevant to us. However, I can assure people... MORE »
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