Posted: 21st February 2013
Hi there folks and happy 2013 to you all. I hope it's been a good start so far.
My year started down in South Africa for the Volvo Golf Champions at Durban Country club which was a great venue for the event where l played quite solidly after the holiday break. It was a great tournament put on by Volvo who put in such generous sponsorship on the European Tour.
The Ryder Cup captaincy was decided in Abu Dhabi and it was great to see Paul McGinley voted into office for Gleneagles. I think he'll be a fantastic captain, he loves the whole concept of the team thing and was a great captain in the Seve Trophy, has a lot of experience as a Ryder Cup player and he'll definitely get the best out of his team.
I've been home for the last few weeks and have spent plenty of time practising and also on the beach! Not sunbathing, but running! Whiterocks beach in the morning is where I've been running and I have to say that I'm really enjoying it. It seems to be successfully getting rid of the few extra pounds that appeared over the festive season.
Alison is also partaking in this exercise regime and she is currently ahead of me due to me being away, she keeps reminding me of this fact so there is a competitive element going on as well! We're using an app called Get Running (from Couch to 5k) which is definitely keeping us both on our toes and bums off the couch!
I went to India and played in the inaugural Pearls Indian Premier League which my team the Uttarakhand Lions won! We started way behind on the final day, and played our way back in with yours truly sinking the winning putt. It was a great event with Shiv Kapur and Neeraj Sareen putting on a great event in a new format and I'm sure the tournament will go from strength to strength. The Aamby Valley golf course was stunning and is a brilliant resort near Pune for anyone visiting out that way.
Next week I'm back off to South Africa again for the Tshwane Open which I'm looking forward to and then myself and the family are then off on our annual trip to Abaco in The Bahamas which will probably be the last time we can go at this time of year due to Tyrone being in fourth form next year and it will be exam time.
And then it's off to Augusta for The Masters, then Korea followed by Indonesia. Although I haven't played a lot of golf this year I'll be back in the thick of it for the rest of the year.
So that's all from me now and I'll report in again soon. Cheers, DC.
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