1. These are the craziest greens we've ever seen. They are so crazy it makes you want to bring your bet buddies here and stick the pins in the most ridiculous spots and play for some money and end the round in a big group fight...
2. There are two gyms in the clubhouse. Great. One of the gyms is for women and one is for men. The one for men is completely visible for the club house guests. Way to visible. You don't really want to load the bar up too much and fail an attempt. The one for women is not visible....
3. I've practiced a lot on the range. Shots feel slightly better.
4. I've started practicing the swing in the room again. (If Thomas Bjorn reads this he will laugh and then punch me in the face but I don't care:)) Did that an hour a day back in -07 and -08 and it worked. Why did I quit?
5. 7.00 tee time, first out tomorrow!
2011-01-25 Stayed a day longer in Abu Dhabi to play in a normal Pro-Am event i thought...
...what I actually experienced has already changed my life. Not to sound overly corny or anything but I got so lucky. When my car was just leaving the hotel to head out to the golf course, somebody stopped in and Gary Player was now in the same car as me. Eh. What a guy!!! He is 75 years old, works out every day and has raised over 55 million dollars for charity. This was a charity event. He hosts a bunch of these every year and it was awesome to meet him.
I'm a die hard Ben Hogan fan and I admire Gary Player for all he's accomplished as well, but Hogen is something else. That was Gary's opinion as well. He absolutely adored Hogan. I've read a bunch about him Hogan and now Gary was telling me all these stories about when they played together and what Hogan was like. He told me what Hogan told him about hitting all the shots.
Gary Player said he played with Hogan in one of his first US Opens. In two days, Hogan said 5 words to him. But after the second round he came up to Gary and said: "You will be a very successful player. How much do you practice?" Gary started explaining about his hard practice routine and his gym work. After that Hogan just told him: "Double it." And left.
I love that story. Yes:)
Gary told me so much in half an hour I can't even think of it all. He still plays great. Hitting his driver easily around 220 meters and can still compete. AND he raises a whole lot of money for kids. I'm inspired...
Heading over to Bahrain this morning for another event. I'm gonna practice harder than Gary Player now. He actually showed me his hands and said: "These hands have hit more golf balls than anybody else on this planet. Maybe Vijay Singh will hit more if he keeps playing." I wanted to show him my hands to see if he liked my callusses but I didn't dare. I'm now a complete golf nut again. Let's go.
Tough day when you are not on your game. I'll keep trying. Sooner or later it will work.
Pic taken by stuart on the 18th.
Abu Dhabi report:
1. Kaymer is excellent.
2. My putting was great today. 25 putts. Lowest in years.
3. It was sunny for the first time today.
4. I'm happy with being 10 under par. Just 8 back of Kaymer. Compared our stats now. The only things I need to do are: hit a few more fairways, hit a few more greens, putt 2 times less and save more from green misses. I'll think about that next time...
5. Played with Nicolas Colsearts. He speaks 7 languages fluently. No problem.
12.41 tee time tomorrow. It will be fun. Sundays are fun. Marcus the running physio just ran 5 km in just over 18 min. No problem.
Tough day but me and Erik figured, either we cry or we practice. We practiced:)
Since we don't have too much fun stuff to report from here I'll show you some pictures.
Do deserts need rain?
A little over the top...
My physio Pierre has an assistant with him this year. A nice guy called Marcus. He ran 9.3 km in 30 minutes. Why did Pierre bring him out? That's the worst thing that could happen to my golf. I'm not gonna fall into the trap of start running and try to beat him because that would be the end...Stupid Pierre. Thought you were smart.
What's going on with you guys???