Posted: 10th April 2013
The week of the Masters is one of the best of the year, so this blog is a tough one for me.
It's a great tournament, particularly if you're a 14-year-old fan. It's even better if you're that age and actually playing in it, as Tianlang Guanas, from China, is doing this year.
He was invited to play by Augusta National after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship last November. They do as they wish and can invite who they want.
They do it for all sorts of reasons and I think that is part of why the Masters and Augusta National is thought of the way it is.
It's unbelievably exclusive and, as a golf course, immaculate doesn't do it enough justice. Coupled with... MORE »
Posted: 3rd April 2013
I was in the United States around this time three years ago.
I practised in Florida, flew to Georgia for my first ever look at Augusta National before heading to Texas to take part in the Houston Open.
I spent a week working on my game at the Fox Club in West Palm Beach and a weekend with my caddie at an almost-deserted Augusta, along with a handful of other guys, trying to prepare for the first major championship of the year.
I then flew to Houston, where my courtesy car pulled up to the steps of our plane. I got in and drove it straight off the runway.
This year, I'm in Bristol and will be practising in the cold and watching the... MORE »
Home at last
Posted: 27th March 2013
I'm home in the cold and I couldn't be happier!
After three weeks away, including two in the saunas that are Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, it's great to be in Bristol, where the weather isn't quite the same.
It's fair to say that at the Maybank Malaysian Open last week, the arduous travel involved in my three-week trip from the United States to Asia finally caught up with me.
That, coupled with a rather dodgy meal in KL on Thursday night, resulted in me having to withdraw from the tournament nine holes into my second round.
It's never a nice thing to happen, but being unwell in the heat and humidity meant I was quickly becoming dehydrated and experiencing similar symptoms to the ones... MORE »
Posted: 20th March 2013
I'm in Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysian Open this week, which means more soaring temperatures and high humidity.
Believe it or not, I'm actually looking forward to getting off the plane at Heathrow on Monday and feeling the fresh, cold air. There is just something about it.
But KL is a great city and there is always lots going on. I'm pleased to be here.
For a time, it did have the tallest building in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, which I can see from my hotel room. However, these are now dwarfed by the likes of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. They are still pretty impressive, though.
I'm also told that King Kong was filmed here, although this may or may... MORE »
Miami to Bangkok
Posted: 13th March 2013
I'm again on my travels after a tough week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. My destination is the Far East, where I'll be defending the Thailand Open title I won in August of last year.
Granted, it's a long way to go, and my journey certainly wasn't made any easier by events on Sunday night, where I boarded the plane before being told some three hours later that there was a fault and that we would have to get off.
It was 2am by this point, so I returned to Doral for a few hours of sleep.
I flew to London at 6pm Miami time on Monday, which got me to Heathrow at 7am on Tuesday morning. Bangkok is eight hours ahead of the... MORE »
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