What is true happiness? A half litre of Häagen-Dazs all to your self. Trying to plan tomorrow's training day. There is way too much fun to do at Terre-Blanche Golf Club now. Their new academy is ridiculously good. They have everything. I mean everything. I hope the weather stays ok. 10 degree and sun is my wish. Please.
Monaco is always nice in the evening but especially in the winter.
I want the sun to rise now.
2011-01-01 Since a lot of people and magazines are doing yearly reviews, I decided to do the same.
12 months. 12 pictures.
The year started off great. Got some Arabic tea in Abu Dhabi. This is usually my first tournament of the year. Everybody says "Happy New Year". I remember that I was so tired of hearing "Happy New Year" that I thought about skipping the tournament next year. I'm going back anyway. You don't want to miss this start.
After a slow start of the year and an early exit out of the WGC Match Play we headed up to the Olympics in Vancouver. Unforgettable experience. In this picture we had just beaten the Finish team in ice-hockey. This week stands out.
Read the best book I've ever read, "Open". It took the whole month to read it, mostly because I didn't want it to end. My golf up to this point had been very average and after reading this book it got worse. I got very influenced of how Agassi had worked on his game. I wanted to work as hard as he did. And I think I do.
This year I got very interested in photography. I'm horrible at taking photos but it's a nice hobby to have beside of golf. Getting a good photo feels awesome. I still haven't got one but I've seen them in magazines. Now, I have the gear though. And a photo book for beginners. It's something sofistic about taking pictures. It's something I can do when I'm old. It's hard to hang clean or run a mile or something like that when you are 75 years old.
F1 week in Monaco. Easily the most unreal week. Me and Erik (pictured) sneaked into the pit stop and told a probably important person to take a photo of us so we could document that we actually came close to the cars. I'm now an F1 fan. For life.
Colin Byrne, my former caddie, enjoys a little locker room break at Celtic Manor. We had a good year and a half together. Life goes on, for both of us. He is now with Eduardo Molinari who is playing dream golf. My game at this point was heading in the right direction. Good golf was coming. I just had to keep believing. I did. But, I have to admit. I didn't feel great this June.
At this point, I was struggling with what I really believed in swing wise. I've always had a very clear picture what my swing should look like. Here, I wasn't sure so I made an ice-cream out of the divots to cheer me up.
This was the tourning point of the year. I had now Pontus Eliasson on the bag and we were heading to the land of oppurtunities and the coolest tournament of the year, WGC Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. We were like kids in a candy store. A big candy store were the candy was cheap and tasted great. I had no coach at this time and I had more experience than my caddie. I felt more in control. I knew what I wanted. Had a good tournament. I loved golf again.
Mikko invited his friend Heikki Kovalainen to our workout session. I was nervous. An F1 driver at our session! I remember that I wanted to show him what Pierre had thought me. But, he was just sitting on his bike doing recovery work in the other room. And, when I afterwards asked him a million questions about his entire life, especially his driving and workouts, I found out he wasn't to interested in hang cleans and squats. They are not allowed to weigh more than around 68 kilos. Eh, anyway. I was in heaven when we were having dinners and he seemed to enjoy answering my, and everybody else's, questions. F1 is like a sport above all other sports. So, therefore F1 drivers are above all other sportsmen. And Heikki was a really cool guy.
This is from a practise round at The Old Course during the Dunhill Links Championship. It was such a nice round. Me and Edfors. We tied. It was just like it should be at The Old Course. He beat me int he sudden-death playoff which was held in the gym. Bitter taste after such a nice day.
Maybe this was at the end of October but it doesn't matter. This picture is from Valderrama. The best course in the whole world to train at, in my opinion. I wish I would have gotten the chance to just have a look at this place when I was 14. Then, I would've known what was asked out of me later on when I turned pro. I want to be a member here. That's my wish.
This season turned out to be pretty good after all. My game improved massively. I feel great coming into next season. I'm eager to play again. I now love playing tournaments more than practising. That's not always been the case. Thsi photo is taken at 6.05 AM at Black Mountain Golf Club. Finsihed off this season there with an 8th place finish and stayed for a few days after to catch these amaqing morning rounds in the 25 degree heat. It's amazing how easy it is to get up in the morning over there. You can have your second breakfast at 10 AM when finishing the round.
2011 now. It will be a lot of fun.
First of all. I´m a little down this evening. Just heard that Pelle Edberg hang cleaned 100 kg. 6,5 more kilos than me. (Have no clue why I did .5 kilos). It feels so much better saying 93.5 kilos than just 93. Anyway, he ruined my evening...Thanks Pelle. But, I´m happy for you though...sure ;)
Late Christmas for me today though.
1. New stuff from my friends at WNT sports supplements.
2. Then these slick shoes from Callaway. I put on a little "no-idea-what-the-are-called-in-english-flaps-maybe". You like?
Joburg Open is only 14 days from now.
It's been nice doing nothing. I miss the golf though and I will start very soon again.
Sitting by myself planning the start of next year. What tournaments to play and what hotels to stay at and how to get there. My life doesn't seem to complex. Golf, hotels, gym, airplanes and more of all these things. But, I like it.
I'm heading to Johannesburg to play a tournament before "the real start" in Abu Dhabi the 20th of Jauary. I usually go straight to Abu Dhabi but I usually feel a bit rusty so I figured going to South Africa before will fix the rustyness.
So, the schedule is this:
Abu Dhabi 20-23
Qatar right after and then Dubai right after that.
It looks like a 5 tournament stretch but I don't know if that will happen. It depends on a lot of things.
Can't wait to train again. And play a tournament. I want to feel the excitement. The nervousness about the 4 footer.
See you soon.
Gym this morning. Or this lunch. It felt easier to work out after normal food intake. Christmas food is not the best for running. Wow, it felt like an extra 10 kilos on the treadmill today. Maybe better tomorrow.
It feels like a long way to get back to running a sub-40 min for 10km again. A few more interval sessions and maybe I can do it outside. Peter Hedblom and I have a contest now at 10 km outdoors. Not indoors. He thinks it's cheating indoors. I agree. It's not the same but it's bpretty hard to test yourself on the road outside. Specially when you are in a 35 degree warm Singapore or Hong Kong with no space to run.
Hedblom runs outside in Sweden in minus degrees. That's dedication. I hope he's relaxing a bit over christmas so I can get a leg up. Monaco has a lot of good places to run. Flat and hilly. I like flat more when actually running but hilly feels better afterwards. I feel more like Rocky, altough there is no similarities at all between us.
Finding out about Terre Blanche's new practise area. Gym on the range I heard. Good news. That should be the case on all ranges. Would save me a lot of time.
Tournament coming up in Johannesburg in mid January. Want to get out already.