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 »
Posted: 6th March 2013
Greetings! This week's column comes from Miami, where I'm in action at the second World Golf Championship of the season, the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The limited-field, no-cut competition takes place at TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral. And as the title suggests, it's a golf course that is renowned for being brutally tough.
However, I played nine holes on Monday morning and, I have to say, as soon as I got out there, I felt comfortable. It's long and difficult and usually blows a bit of wind, so grinding out a score over the week should put me in good stead.
As I said a couple of weeks ago when I was competing at the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, events... MORE »
Drop the anchor
Posted: 27th February 2013
I'll start this week's blog by discussing arguably the hottest topic in golf – the joys of anchoring a putter into your belly.
Last Sunday, the PGA Tour commented that it might go against the proposed ban of anchoring the putter, which was introduced by the R&A and USGA – the two governing bodies in the game.
With the European Tour possibly backing the upcoming ban, which will not be introduced before 2016, you can't help but worry about the implications if there is a split. What happens when the Open Championship, the greatest golf tournament in the world and run by the R&A, comes around?
Does this mean that PGA Tour players competing for the Claret Jug will have to use a... MORE »
Live from Arizona
Posted: 20th February 2013
My column this week comes all the way from Arizona. I'm here for the Accenture Match Play Championship, where the top 64 players in the world go head-to-head and battle it out for a World Golf Championship.
I'm 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking at the moment and that means my first round match is against Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion. He's obviously going to be a tough opponent, but that's inevitable for whoever you face this week. There are no easy matches. I think the key is to play your normal game and see what happens. So that's what I'll do.
The course at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club is a proper desert course in the middle of nowhere. It's surrounded... MORE »
The former European Tour golfer and ISM founder looks into the world of golf, life on the world's fairways and the fortunes of his stable.
I'll be trying to keep you up-to-date with what's going on!