Links With The Past
Posted: 10th October 2008
The alfred dunhill links championship is arguably the most fun week of the calendar and this year was no exception even though the weather was not particularly kind to us.
A most enjoyable week was had by all and I spent most of mine in the very agreeable company of the head of the Dunhill company, Johann Rupert, a larger than life South African, who invariably brings a smile to everybody's face.
Last year I missed the cut, but had to play on the final day because Rupes made the amateur cut although he did not put any restriction on my drinks bill for the Saturday night. This year, he missed the cut, but I didn't so I had to stay more... MORE »
In The Pink
Posted: 27th September 2008
I've always had a few problems at The Belfry and things did not change at the Quinn Insurance British Masters.
The highlight of my visit was actually judging the best dressed competition when breast cancer research and charities were the beneficiaries of Pink Friday.
I was amazed at how many people did buy into the day and pink was definitely the colour for not only the galleries, but also those inside the ropes. Just about every player either donned something pink or wore a breast cancer awareness badge and thousands of pounds were raised in what was a brilliant initiative by my manager and good friend Chubby Chandler.
I did actually make it to the weekend this time, but only because there was... MORE »
Down But Not Out
Posted: 3rd September 2008
What can I say? Not a lot really other than that I was obviously disappointed when Nick Faldo rang me up on Sunday afternoon to tell me that I had not made the plane for Valhalla and the Ryder Cup.
People have been trying to get me to slag off the captain, but that's not my style. I have to respect his decision and will do... and I'll be supporting the team from wherever I am at the time.
I have no qualms about his picks either because both Paul Casey and Ian Poulter are above me in the world rankings so they will definitely strengthen the team. But I will say that I think I could have benefitted the team also... MORE »
Boy Oh Boy - Simply Fantastic
Posted: 25th August 2008
What a special week in Holland... and having Tyrone and Conor come on to the green after my win in the KLM Open made it all the more memorable.
The boys came with Alice, who with husband Eddie does such a great job looking after them, me and the house in Surrey. It made for a very relaxing time and the benefits were seen all week and particularly in the result.
A special mention too for my caddie, Wobbly. His support was invaluable. Our partnership is getting better and better and he is definitely getting to understand me a lot better - not the easiest of tasks, I will admit. It takes time to find out when to say things and when... MORE »
Brighter Light At End Of Tunnel
Posted: 5th August 2008
Something interesting and quite exciting to report at last after a fairly frustrating and uneventful few weeks.
It was disappointing to be away in America when Tyrone celebrated his birthday but he was back in Ireland and apparently had a good time.
But at last something positive seems to be coming out of all the hard work I have been doing with my golf game. My play at Firestone in the Bridgestone WGC - particularly the 65-67 weekend - event has really encouraged me for the rest of the season and couldn't have come at a better time with the Ryder Cup qualifying process soon to end.
I played lovely all week and really, really well on Sunday without being able... MORE »
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