2009-10-29 Tournament BBQ yesterday at the hotel...love free food!
Impressive dress with a built-in table:)
Barclays Singapore Open in ice. Melted so quickly.
Somebody said this was Singapore's best band. Hope that somebody was seriously wrong!:)
Shot 70 (+1) today and was really pleased with that. It's not an easy course and I didn't hit many fariways. Started off playing good but the long game got worse throughout the round. The short game saved my score though and I was pleased to finsih under par. Had some work to do on the range after. There are a lot of things I want to change in my swing and I will take care of them over the winter break with my coach but I still need to work on a few of them now. Don't know if that's the best thing to do but it feels like it at the moment so I'm gonna go with that feeling.
There are mainly two things I want to fix in my swing. The first is to get over more on my right side at the top of the backswing. The second is to not drop the club inside on the downswing. It sounds easy to do, but I have tried for a few years now and it's getting better but it takes some time, that's for sure. We'll see how many years I got left until it's good:) But, I love having stuff to work on.
A funny thing in Asia is that the more it rains, the more players are practicing. It's too hot if the sun is out. It was pooring here, but it felt so good so I kept going.
Aussie Rick Kulacz on the bus with his mini-club!
Play was suspended due to this heavy rain. It kept going for a while and flooded some of the greens but I was at the hotel so I didn't mind;) Nothing is better than swimming in the rain!
Some more technique grinding in the room now. Only a few more years...;) Come on!!!
See you later!
2009-10-29 Yesterday's photos.
Such a nice bunker and then you see one of the ugliest things there is...
This is right besides the 6th hole. Kinda cool to see how it works. Since there are hundreds of ships waiting to get into port, I can now understand that it takes ages for shipments to arrive.
Green one side of the plastic lining and fringe on the other. I think this is to keep different grasses away from each other.
It looks like they spend more time trimming the walkways to the fairways here then other courses spend cutting their greens.
The 18th hole. Looks good I think and it's a great finishing hole. Just reachable.
11th hole. This is one of the few holes not close to the water but I think it's the most beautiful hole on the course. Kinda looks like Augusta with the flowers.
The fans are great. Too bad they took them away for the tournament.
The rollercoaster just besides the 13th hole. Weird:)
All the ships waiting to get into port.
2009-10-28 Was going to upload a bunch of pictures from today. Had a lot of time to photograph during the pro-am and I found so many weird things about this course and it's surroundings. It's one of the best courses, specially condition wise, we play all year but there are so many weird things about it. But, I can't upload the pics due to some computer failure. I try again tomorrow.
One very very weird thing about this course is that it's long, it can play very long if the pins are placed at the back of the long greens, but you can only hit driver twice. The fairways cut in or there are bunkers placed at around 230-240 meters from every tee box. It's really weird, never seen this before. Since you can't hit it far from the tee, you have a lot of long irons left into the greens. A usual hole is hybrid of the tee and then a 5 iron to the green. Normally on tour, we hit mostly drives off the tees and have wedges or short irons left. The last few courses we have played have all been short with low scoring and now this course plays long and scores are usually high. The winning score here last time was around par I heard. So, I don't know what to expect tomorrow. I'm a little nervous I have to say. We'll see how it goes. I can only do my best, if that's not enough, I have to train and try again huh!?
Hope all is good with you!!!
2009-10-27 Woke up at 2.30 am today as jet lag was kicking in. Couldn't go back to sleep so it was perfect to catch the 5.30 am bus to the course. We wanted to get the practice round done early when there are not many players on the course. I like taking a lot of time around the greens during a practice round to get as accustomed with them as possible.
Just me and the water supplier guy were on the bus:)
The whole locker room to myself.
The range is one of the best I've been on. The turf is short and pure and the tee box is perfectly flat.
Here you can see the clouds building up early. After 15 holes, practice was suspended due to thunder and lightning.
3rd hole going down towards the river. At this time it was around 25 degrees. From then on, it got very hot.
It's the most unusual setting for a golf course, I like it though!
I don't think I have ever seen a golf course in such great condition. Every blade of grass is perfectly manicured. The course plays fairly long since the fairways are narrow and the ruff cuts in on a lot of holes around driver distance, so you have to be a little defensive off the tee.
The 4th hole is a nice par 5 going over water on both 1st and 2nd shot.
I got a lot of work done early and could head back to the hotel for a gym session and some relax time. It's so hot here so my plan is to practice less but with good quality and then try to get a lot of rest at the hotel so I can stay fresh throughout the whole week. We'll see how it goes. I can't wait for the tournament to start on thursday!
Coffe time now to get some energy for the gym...Then it's nap time:)
2009-10-26 I've always wondered where the best place for golf is. I was jealous of the American guys in college who could play all year round. But, is it only positive to have that opportunity? In Sweden we can't do that. We used to go all out during the summers and play as much as we could and then do other sports in the winter. We also practiced golf inside in big tents to keep the swings in shape. The courses wouldn't be playable until the beginning of May.
Still, we have a lot of good golfers in Sweden. But, there are a lot of good golfers everwhere in the world. I think the quality of courses play a big role. We don't have any male Swedish major winners and I think the main reason for that is beacuse we are not used to palying on "major tough courses". We now have one or maybe two courses that could be tough enough to practice at to understand how tough a major set-up course is. But then, they have to prepare the course for a couple of months before to make it a good test. Bro Hof is a great course and you can make it as tough as any other course there is but that's probably the only course in Sweden which is tough enough. Australia and America have courses that are brutally difficult any day of the year. They are in great shape all year as well. We need to shapen up Swedish courses to develop Swedish major winners I think, because we have enough players that can play and compete for the majors, that's for sure. We just havent reach to the top yet. During my four years in college, I played at least 10 courses that had or will host major championships and they were great tests and made me understand what I needed to work on in my game to have a chance to play them. I was so surprised of how hard they were. I hadn't seen anything like it before.
Here in Asia, I don't understand how they practice as much as they do. It's so hot! I practiced for a few hours today and then I couldn't stand it. I guess you get used to it but it's impressive if you can put in a whole day of practice here in this heat.
I'll try to spend more time in the gym this week and less on the driving range to spare some energy for the tournament. The course looks in great shape and it looks like a great test as well. Trying to get out on the course at dawn tomorrow for a practice round by myself before most players get there and before the heat is unbarable.
Sentosa Golf Club