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 »
Posted: 24th June 2008
I hadn't planned to watch as much of the US Open as I eventually did, but felt duty bound to see what I could of my good friend Lee Westwood in his bid for a first Major.
It was particularly disappointing that it didn't work out as he and everybody supporting from Europe would have liked. Lee played really well all week, but it just didn't go his way on Sunday. I doubt that he will have been too hard on himself because it was a very good week and put him on the right track with The Open just round the corner.
On the home front, the boys came with me back to Portrush to see family and friends and we... MORE »
Tyrone's Fish and My Chips
Posted: 12th June 2008
Austria was a very interesting experience on all fronts - most notably from the fact that I led the driving accuracy stats, which was probably a first for me. I was also eighth in greens in regulations so my tied 19th finish was obviously down to my short game not being as sharp as I would have liked. Chipping and putting are always key to low scoring.
Obviously, I'm hugely disappointed in not being part of the US Open this week and that's why I keep practising and practising to ensure that this season's setbacks are not repeated in future years. That's what drives me on.
But there was one benefit from not being at Torrey Pines. It meant that I could... MORE »
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