2010-01-21 Great that my brother have kept you guys updated! Was sooo happy to shoot 6 under! A short session on the range afterwards with Mike and then headed to the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track and it's cool surroundings.
Mike loves the one handed shots.
The Formula 1 track goes underneath the hotel and you can sit having a coffee and almost touch the cars.
Somewhere down there is the track. The race here is on at night but there were no cars on the track tonight. Too bad but I saw some glimps of it anyway. This setting feels like a modern version of the Monaco Grand Prix. The yachts are here as well.
Inside the lobby at The Yas Hotel. The coolest looking hotel I've ever seen.
Up early tomorrow. 7.40 tee off. Wow. Ok.
2010-01-21 A real solid play today. Loads of good shots and 17 greens in regulation speaks for itself.
Alex speaking to the SkySport commentatories, discussing the new grooves. I bet they said good things about him today.
Hopefully tomorrow we can bring a bigger crowd, we were a few happy supporters to alex following him around. Friday and saturday is there weekend here so the tournament is expecting lots of more visitorns today. The biggest crowds today were around Casey and Westwood and Stenson and McIlroy.
Now we will check out the new Formula 1 circuit, heard it is spectacular.
Alex will update tonight. Stay tuned!!
2010-01-21 alex played great the first nine hole, confident and with a smoking hot putter. -3 after nine holes. To bad the short birdie chance on the ninth slipped the hole.
David Howell is struggling with pulled shots and Damien McGrane are having a tough day at work. Hopefully they can find their game on the last nine holes.
Another shot from the Pro-Am. As you can see the economic crisis has not put a hold on the constructions. The construction cranes, the cars and calls from the mosques creates a dramatic backrgound to the golf game.
Can you guess who this is?
Yesterdays buffet, best food of all tournaments.
OK, now another nine holes to go.
2010-01-21 Its a sunny morning (as always) in Abu Dhabi and Alex is starting to warm up. alex has a late tee time for today, 11.55, playing with Damien Macgrame and David Howell.
The winds picked up a bit in the afternoon yesterday but more to ease of the heat than to affect the game. Todays forecast is light wind, sun and 27 C.
Abu Dhabi Golf Course is doing its final preparations
Abu Dhabi Golf Club is making some final preparations for the tournament
alex engineered in Sweden
The gang from the Pro-Am accompanied by the Trophy
alex and Colin are ready
2010-01-20 My brother Ante came in today to support and hang out. Also, he also is in charge of the camera this week. Got the Canon 500D with a EFS 18-200mm lens. Works nicely I think. Ante will do some blogging while I play this week. Hope you like his stuff.
I wouldn't mind this camera though. The Canon EOS 1D with a monster lens. Gettyimages has some cool pics.
Pics from the room. The interior is crazy...Arabian style with a lot of wood and it's very comfortable with loads of outlets and adaptors for the camera and computer and stuff. I like that.
One club for the target line and one for the swing path. Makes it easier to see what to do.
Robert Karlsson is back in Abu Dhabi after a short trip to Sweden to pick up the price for the best team together with Henrik Stenson at the Swedish Sports Award gala.
Second shot at 18.
My game feels ok. I usually worry a lot about my game but the more I learn about it the more I focus on the day-to-day work. If I do the best I can every day, I think it'll be good in the end.
Seriously excited to play tomorrow!
See you then!