Tiger and me
Posted: 7th August 2013
Unfortunately, I never got to meet the late, great Seve Ballesteros.
I played in the Seve Trophy in 2009, where Great Britain and Ireland take on continental Europe in a Ryder Cup-style match.
Paul McGinley, who was our captain for that week, delivered us a message from Seve in our team room. He said Seve had hoped to make it over to the event to greet all of the players, but his ill health was preventing him from travelling to Paris where we were playing.
I remember really clearly being told he wasn't coming. I was gutted.
In the time since Seve's premature death, I have watched more and more videos of him and get totally inspired every time I see them.
Tiger Woods obviously... MORE »
Posted: 31st July 2013
I am back in action at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational this week, which takes place in Akron, Ohio.
I had my first look at the track on Monday and I am so impressed by it. It is an old-fashioned and tree-lined course with small and super-quick greens.
I think it is all about positioning off the tee, especially into the greens. Not only are they small, but the slopes and speed of them makes it nearly impossible to get up and down or save par if you are anywhere out of position.
It is shaping up to be another tough test.
As I said last week, I needed to put some more time into my short game and putting while at home. I... MORE »
Posted: 24th July 2013
I'm at home in Bristol after playing at the Open Championship last week.
Having struggled on the greens at Muirfield, I had a proper session with Phil, my putting coach, on Tuesday.
We were there for about five hours from 9am. It went well. I will be clocking in the hours this week in order to get my short game right.
I think I was top five in greens in regulation and fairways hit, so my long game was good enough to win the claret jug. It was around the greens that really let me down.
I can only put that down to a lack of practice since returning from injury. That side of the game is all touch and feel, so unsurprisingly it... MORE »
Posted: 17th July 2013
The 142nd Open Championship is here.
For me, the third major of the season is the best week of the golfing year. Even better, it is taking place on one of the best courses around – Muirfield.
I am writing this column at the ISM house, which is situated right by the first tee. And as of Tuesday morning, I am yet to play any holes.
I had a stroll around a few of them on Monday night, though, and the course is looking firm and bouncy. That is right up my alley.
For those either coming to the tournament or just watching on television, you can expect to see a lot of irons hit off the tees this week.
There will certainly be a... MORE »
Inspired by Murray
Posted: 10th July 2013
What an inspiring weekend of sport that was.
Obviously, Andy Murray winning the Wimbledon men's singles final will probably be the British sporting moment of the year.
His performance against Novak Djokovic on Sunday was absolutely sensational, but I thought it was actually his quarter-final against Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday that was his most crucial match of the tournament.
I was watching it in Paris where, two sets down and, I hate to say it, almost looking a beaten man, Murray dug deep and found something that got him across the line.
He ran himself into the ground chasing every single shot – even if it looked a lost cause – to put his racquet on it and get back into the point. He... MORE »
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