Finland was super super great! A lot of good finish players gathers to practice at Kytäjä so we got a great games and practice sessions. Thanks guys!!!
Headed over to Geneva to meet up with a friend and play golf. Imperial Golf Club yesterday. Seriously nice woodland course and shot 6 under on the back so it feels better and better.
Spotted this car yesterday...
I think it's a Ferrari California from the 60's. Looks awesome in any case.
The course looked awesome yesterdya as well.
And the sky.
My three weeks vacation is now over and Omega European Masters is on the schedule and heading up there tonight.
Two more tournaments after that in Amsterdam and Austria.
Oscar Floren won on the Challenge Tour and Peter Hanson is in the freakin RYDER CUP!!! How cool is that!!! Good job guys!!!
Mikko has more on today here:
Finnkampen athletics here this weekend. Trying to get tickets online now. Would be cool to see!
Great day again in Soumi!
2.00 PM was the time for me and Mikko to battle out one last time before heading to Switzerland. We were very eaven going into the final round (maybe Mikko was a little ahead). We played at Kytäjä and the course is seriously good. I liked every hole. That doesn't happen all the time.
We started out great. Probably our best start ever. After 6 holes, I was 6 under and Mikko was 5 under. Mikko kept it up from there and shot a 8 under total and beat me by 2 up in the match. Mikko is the champ and he played great so it's all good. Rematch at the Omega Masters next week.
Me and Mika, alias Huuli, got beaten as a team too today against Mikko Ilonen and his teammate Teemu Selänne.
Can't believe I'm smiling after a loss...
Last day of training in Finland tomorrow. I'm gonna give it all.
This is what the "Visit Finland Advertising" looks like...
This is what Finland offered:
Forget about the weather. This is serious Mikko Ilonen Country! He owns the Finish golfing world and rightly so. He's got 2 European Tour wins and one British Amatuer Championship to his name. AND, he is a GREAT guy! Visit his new website here!
And he loves his glove on...at all times. I'm serious, he eats with it and always drives with it.
Pro Golf Magazine photo shoot with the Finn.
For some reason they took some of me too. Felt big!
Mikko's coach Timo is having a look.
I found a great bunker. Kyttäja Golf Club, probably wrongly spelt, was a super place to practice at. Going back tomorrow morning for sure.
Pumping the music on the way back to the hotel.
First day in Finland was great! 3 more great days I hope before heading to Geneva for a quick stop before the Omega European Masters tournament in Cran-Sur-Sierre. But, now Finland is focus ykse!
Tomorrow is our last day in Monaco for a while now. Over to Finland and Mikko Ilonen on wednesday. A good 5 days of practice and playing golf with him is exactly what I need. Monaco has been great! Lots of golf, tennis, workouts and running. And some beach time to make it look like a vacation:) I'm not too good at vacations.
Thinking about getting a bike so I can bike up the mountains down here. A lot of the skiers who live here do that to train legs and endurance. Sounds like fun training. I guess it's tough for me to hang with those guys in the beginning but after a while maybe. Skiers have stupidly strong legs. Enough talking about other guy's legs...A bike would be fun!
My heavy club training is going well. That's all I hit now on the range.
Got a great question about what we European Tour pros would shoot on a regular Swedish golf course from the yellow tees (regular men's tees). The guy who asked me says that everybody tells him that we would kill the course and always shoot 65. My answer to that would be:
The courses we play are about 1000 yards or meters longer than the average Swedish Course. We also have narrower fairways, thicker rough, faster and firmer greens, tougher pins and more hazards. The average tour pro would shoot low on a regular Swedish course but I don't think he would shoot 65 every time, but pretty close to it. We get used to tough conditions and that's the key to it all; To train on tough courses and in tough conditions. There is no substitute to that.
Pics from today:
I love bunker practice. It makes my whole game better. When my chipping and pitching is off, I always practice a lot in the bunker.
Boat love ahead:
It took me 1 hour and three gyms to find on that was open. Opening hours in Monaco are really sketchy. But got in a great session and liking the fact that I'm back in the same shape as before the long run of tournaments this summer. It's tough to keep up the work outs when competing a lot.
REWARD and good food after a workout! Raw meet is awesome!
Looking forward to Suomi country!!!
See you later!!!