Thanks To One And All
Posted: 1st January 2009
It's the season of goodwill to all men... and I'd like to single out three for special mention whose support has been invaluable to me during 2008.
They don't often get a mention in this column, but I'm not sure what I would have done without John Newton, Philip Morbey and Andrew Chandler, commonly called Newt The Bewt, Wobbly and Chubby.
Newt has been my stretcher, physio, minder and numerous other things over quite a few years and he has kept me entertained all year long often when things have not been going as well as I wanted them to. He's kept me on the straight and narrow when it would have been so easy to go off in different directions.
As for... MORE »
Upside Down In Oz
Posted: 22nd December 2008
I've certainly had an interesting few weeks - in Australia we got evacuated from the course due to floods and the driver taking myself and Robert Allenby back to the clubhouse in a buggy managed to misread the fairway and the next thing we knew we were thrown out and ended up in a bunker! Luckily we both just sustained a few bumps and bruises to the legs and had no serious injuries.
The Belly Putter is now being used as a practice putter to help me with my stroke on the greens and am back using the Scotty Cameron once more. It's been a very... MORE »
Putting's Gone Belly Up
Posted: 19th November 2008
It's the belly putter for me after three of the most frustrating weeks of my sporting year. Putting has actually been my Achilles heel for some time so I desperately need to get some feel back on the greens and that's why I've decided to take the belly route. I made the decision after the Barclays in Singapore following disappointing stats there plus in my two previous events at the Volvo Masters in Spain and HSBC in China.
It was a long week in Valderrama because of all the rain delays, but at least I was on the right side of the draw and didn't play too badly. But the rain followed us to China and in hindsight I probably shouldn't... MORE »
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 »
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