Thunder in Holland
Posted: 11th September 2013
It is great to be back in the swing of things in the KLM Open at Kennemer Golf and Country Club in the Netherlands this week.
It is one of my favourite events of the year – the golf course is good, the crowds are great and it is only a short hop from Bristol, which is always nice.
The venue has changed for this year and it is a return to a links-style course. However, it hasn't stopped raining since I got here and the thunder nearly shook the hotel on Monday night, so it is probably not going to play like a links course at all.
Still, it has still got all of the characteristics of one and I'm really looking forward... MORE »
Posted: 4th September 2013
I endured a frustrating time in the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor last week.
I really struggled with my game, which is something I said in my interviews even after my first round of 66.
Looking back, I’m not too sure how I managed to shoot such a low score. I struggled with a pull all week and hardly saw the right side of the golf course.
Paul Mitchell, my coach, and myself were on the right track with straightening it up on the range, though, and it was starting to come together during my last couple of rounds.
However, there is a difference between being on the range as opposed to the golf course, where you have to get into the... MORE »
Posted: 28th August 2013
Hello from Celtic Manor, where I'm in action this week at the ISPS Handa Wales Open – my first tournament since playing in the US PGA Championship earlier this month.
It is one of the events that I look forward to the most, not least because I get to stay in Bristol.
Don't get me wrong, I love how golf allows me to travel the world and experience new places and cultures, but being so close to home is a nice change of routine.
I can sleep in my own bed and enjoy homemade food, rather than spending time waiting in departure lounges and eating out every night.
I really enjoy my outdoor sports and activities, as regular readers of this column know, so... MORE »
Long weekend in Cannes
Posted: 21st August 2013
So my first week off in quite a while has come and gone and I'm pleased to report that I feel completely refreshed after my recent run of tournaments and travel.
I was with my coach Paul for a few days last week, assessing where we feel my game is at the moment. Because he is away this week, we spent quite a lot of time on my swing so I know where I am for the work that I'll do on my own.
While that side of the game will require a bit of attention, mainly my time will be spent on the putting and chipping green. After seeing Tiger Woods' masterclass with my own eyes at Firestone, I know this... MORE »
Back from the US
Posted: 15th August 2013
I read a piece by James Corrigan in the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday about the PGA Tour potentially looking into placing a bid to buy the European Tour.
As an active member of the Tour, I have to say that I found it intriguing.
It is no secret that we are in the best month of summer, yet there are no tournaments to play in on the European Tour.
The last event was around three weeks ago in Russia. The field went a long way down into the Challenge Tour and there was no television coverage.
As readers of this column will know, I have been playing in the United States for the last two weeks at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and the... MORE »
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