Ready to return
Posted: 8th May 2013
I've just spent a few days in Mallorca, where I've been playing, practising and training at Son Gual Golf Club.
It has been a really good few days. The place, which is just outside Palma, is immaculate, while the course is similar to the ones we play on tour.
Being away again, as opposed to being at my home club or somewhere else that is familiar, has also made a pleasant change.
I've been put through my paces by my trainer, Andy Wadsworth. I've been in the gym and doing all my exercises and stretches at the course to help keep me playing and practising for as long as I possibly can.
Now I'm home in Bristol and fine-tuning my preparations for the Volvo... MORE »
Darren Wright Foundation
Posted: 1st May 2013
I'm never quite sure what to discuss in my weekly column when I've been away from the golf course for an extended period of time.
Not being able to compete because of an injury is one of the most frustrating things as a professional sportsman, so I try to avoid spending week after week explaining why I'm off.
I imagine it doesn't bring a great deal of excitement for the reader and it is not much fun for me to write, either!
I've been doing this blog for around 18 months now and, apart from a month or so at the end of the 2012 season, I don't think I've missed a week.
I'm not massively into reading and stuff like that, so I... MORE »
A different ball game
Posted: 24th April 2013
I'm going to make this week's column about football seeing as I'm not playing golf at the moment.
Since my last entry, one of the teams I follow have been crowned the champions of England for a 20th time, while the other have been relegated to the third tier of domestic football.
The highs and lows of sport, eh?
I can relate to this at the moment. A couple of months ago, I was winning the Qatar Masters, getting my season off to a great start and feeling full of confidence.
Now I'm off unable to compete thanks to a niggling injury that won't go away.
It will be seven weeks without any competitive action by the time I tee up again at the Volvo... MORE »
Posted: 17th April 2013
I hope everyone has the same feelings towards Adam Scott as I do.
You could see the relief and how much his win at the US Masters meant to the Australian after he claimed the green jacket in the first major championship of the season at Augusta on Sunday night.
What a dramatic finish it was. I have to say, I think the performance of both Adam and Angel Cabrera throughout the four rounds and resulting play-off was a great advert for the game of golf.
Obviously, winning a major championship, or several, is what every professional player is aiming for.
I've had a near miss already and know what it feels like to lose by a single shot at the Open Championship. It's... MORE »
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 »