There are great days and then there is a day like today...going to try to tell it as close to how it was:
Slept in a bit until my caddie Pontus woke me up with a phone call telling me I have to get out to St:Andrews to try some new equipment. That's a nice phone call to get.
The weather here is cold, sunny and breezy. Just like I imagined it. St:Andrews was in supurb shape. Me and Edfors had a match. We often have matches in the weight room but it was now time for a battle on the links. Edfors just came of a really nice second place finish in Paris and I felt pretty good about my game. He came off a great start with 2 under through 3 holes and was then two up.
Edfors and his caddie Mike is discussing a club on the 7th fairway.
A high soft fade will do a lot of good on the tricky 12th. Edfors is at this stage 1 up.
We both avoided "Hell Bunker" on the par 5 14th.
I'm happy after a good tie on the 17th. We are all-square going into 18th.
Pontus is back on the bag.
Our approach shots on the 18th.
I had this one to win. I missed. The match keeps on going into the weight room...
Finally in the weight room, Pierre (our physio) has prepared a monster session. Not really long but with a lot of good competitions for me and Edfors. Just to make everything clear with mine and Edfors' battle in the weight room:
We take our golf very serious but we take our workouts religiously. For example, I stuffed myself all day with food to have enough energy to compete with him in the weight room. We both take a Red Bull precisely 20 minutes before warming up. I always bring my Firm Grip bottle in case the bar gets slippery. Johan seems to sweat it down a bit and I don't want to lose by not being able to hold on to the bar. We are both thinking about getting weight lifting shoes to increase our performance. Let's just say we take it pretty seriously.
Ok. So we start lifting in there and my number one rule is to never use less weight on the bar than Johan. I will get the bar up, even if it looks horrible.
Johan is complaining due to lack of form and all that bullshit. He's in great shape. It pisses me off and he completes the first complex exercise in style. He completes a great session and never fails to look smooth while lifting.
My lifting on the other hand is sloppier and not as smooth but I use the same weight in all exercises. The overall weight lifting match (and the golf match) will now be decided by the head referee Pierre. He thinks Edfors is a defenite champion with his great form.
The match for today is over and I lost. I'm pleased still as I'm getting closer to him.
Tomorrow is a new day and a new match. At Carnoustie. If there is a tie, you guys will know where the play-off will be held...
1. Europe beat USA in Ryder Cup. Awesome! Totally aswesome!
2. Played from the black tees at Bro Hof again. In storm. Totally awesome!
3. Met up with Pierre on the way to Scotland and Dunhill Links. The weirdest thing happened. I was about to text my caddie Pontus as we boarded the plane. Then he comes and sits down next to me on the plane. We had the seats next to each other. What are the odds???
4. We're staying in the same house as always this week. They have a ping-pong table. Awesome!
5. Can't wait to play Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St:Andrews. And I can't wait to get into the "Dowie Brother's gym" in Leven. Remember them from last year and they remember us I bet doing weird stuff in their gym. Hopefully they will let us in!
6. Missan is here cooking for us. More on this house and Missan later.
Bed time now. Kingsbarns tomorrow. Then ping-pong and hopefully "Dowie Brother's". Great day!
Spent yesterday at Bro Hof GC. From BLACK tees. Never played the whole course from BLACK tees before. This is how long it plays for me:
1. 5 Driver, 7 iron, 8 iron
2. 4 Driver, 5 iron
3. 4 Driver, 7 iron
4. 3 Hybrid 18 degrees
5. 4 Driver, hybrid
6. 4 Driver, hybrid
7. 3 Hybrid
8. 4 Driver, hybrid
9. 5 Driver, driver, 52 degree wedge
10. 4 Driver, pitching wedge
11. 3 6 iron
12. 5 Driver, 3 wood, lob wedge
13. 5 Driver, driver, lob wedge
14. 4 Driver, 9 iron
15. 5 Driver, driver, pitching wedge
16. 3 Driver
17. 3 9 iron
18. 4 Driver, lob wedge
This is the longest course I´ve ever played! I thought it was great practice and will do it soon again. Any course will play short after this.
Last couple of days...
Nice view over a cup of coffee. 3rd hole Monte-Carlo GC. 9 iron in no wind.
Other side of the coffee room. Old stars follow through's.
European Tour was here.
Chipping green. Simple but good. Simple chipping greens beat crazy ones any day.
Haninge GK was my first home when I was younger. It's in great shape now. Rock hard greens and brilliant fairways. Trying Bro Hof tomorrow, but I doubt the will have as firm and fast greens this time of the year-respect to Haninge. Haven't played firmer all year (not including St:Andrews;))
Tenth at Haninge. Low 3-wood chasing around the big rock on the left. I wonder how many times I've left it out to the right...I've actually helped them with the new bunker lay-out on this back nine. I'm not sure how much I helped, but I really like the course. It plays fun.
Thomas is the new Santa- hooking me up with some new WNT products.
13th tee shot. A low running draw feeding off the right side bunkers.
I really like sunshine photos.
Sweet coffee at this place.
Bro Hof tomorrow. Fingers crossed for rock hard greens.
At Copenhagen Airport. They have the biggest lounge I've ever seen and so much good food. Intake a la grande before jumping on the second flight.
We're heading to Stockholm and starting a second golf camp in preparation for the last 6 or 7 tournaments of the year's schedule. Pierre is in Stockholm, UCSP training center is in Stockholm, BRo Hof GC is in Stockholm and Haninge GK is in Stockholm so it'll be a good four days before leaving to Scotland and the links.
Dunhill Links in Scotland
Hopefully Dubai World Championship
The weather report is good! 10-15 degrees and sunny over the weekend. That can change;)