We are excited for the new competition that is coming up soon. This is the prize, can you guess what it is?
It's been a good sunday. Looong and very eventful. Still at Heathrow airport after 7 hours. The time goes fast in a lounge with food, internet and a TV. It's also been an eventful sunday sport wise. Robin Soderling lost to Nadal in the Roland Garros final. I understand he feels like shit but he is getting so much better for each year and it's very enjoyable to see. I know his physio coach Ali Ghelem who runs a top-of-the-line gym in Stockholm called "Under Construction Sports Performance" (UCSP) and by knowing him, I feel even more like supporting Robin.
And it was sooooooo much fun to see Leif Westerberg playing good on the Challenge Tour this week, finishing ninth. He works harder than anyone and he's on his way back! Nice Leif!
Flying to Stockholm now to get some serious training done. I love golf and will love it more when I start playing better:)
See you in Stockholm!
On the way to Heathrow from Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales.
Ariel Atom. Coolest license plate. Coolest car. I want.
Cool car. Cool color. I don't want.
Pierre is attempting to rob Burger King. That's how well we pay him...
Our road map when looking for the airport. Ah, we must be close.
2 under par today. Nice with red numbers. Two weeks of super hard training now before the real sweet season begins. Sweet! Seriously sweet!
Another 4 hours in the lounge. We were hoping for a longer final at the Roland Garros but Nadal was a little bit too strong for Robin. Eh, next year Soderling!
Have a good night!
Right now from the SAS lounge at Heathrow. Soderling-Nadal. Come on Robin!
Back at the hotel after a good warm up, not so good round (+2), really good training session and a great workout.
Ok. Let's talk a little bit about this tournament!!!
- We are in Wales to start off with. Ryder Cup Twenty-Ten is the name of the course and it's one of three courses at the Celtic Manor Resort.
- The course is super long. Although, a lot of tees are moved forward to make it shorter. It feels like it's a 6-iron into every green and the pins are 3 paces (yards) on the green. It means it's very close to the edge of the green and in most cases very very very close to a deep bunker or a water hazard. It's playing tough and extremely tough if you aren't on top of your game. It feels better for me each and every day but the new swing will take a while to master.
- There is water very close to the green on holes nr. 3,5,6,11,12,13,14,15,18. It's very interesting shots and you have to be very precise to get it close to the hole.
- The fairways are fairly wide.
- The rough is pretty friendly this week compared to most weeks on tour.
- There are a lot of run-offs (little valleys around the greens where the balls easily run into) which makes it very interesting. Even wedgeshots become interesting when you have to carry the water short of the flag but not go more than 4 yards past the hole because it'll run into a run-off valley.
- I have to tell you guys about the 2nd hole. It's a long par-5, pretty straight but with a green that can piss off a lot of players.
When I came to the 2nd hole yesterday, I was one under par and after a really good drive I had 256 meters to the front and another 10 or so to the flag. There is no real danger around the green except for a really tough run-off left of the green and the pin is tucked just right of this little run-off. I took out my driver and my caddie Colin thought I should take aim just right of it since I couldn't reach and I didn't want to risk going into the horrible run-off area. Before the round I saw Graeme McDowell on TV having big problems from that area. Anyway, I absolutely smoked the driver and started dancing before it landed. It went straight for the flag and trickled up to about 5 meters from the hole. The best shot of my life I think. Far and straight. Another meter left it would have been down in that run-off bastard area. 2 putt for birdie and I was 2 under. Happy times. Not so happy times for Paul Lawrie on that hole.
Paul was 3 under for a while on the first day but finished 1 over par. Than he was 5 under for the second round heading into the 2nd hole. He hit the green on 3 and then he ran his putt just by the hole and into the run-off area. He wasn't too happy. Then he tried to putt it up from there. It didn't make it up. Left in the valley. Tried again. 3 meters past the hole. Almost made that putt, only to see it trickle down into the same run-off-mother-F:))))))-valley again. He carded an 11 on the hole after being on the green in 3. Not so happy times for him. Missed it from half a meter on the next, and missed the cut by one shot in the end. I feel for you Paul. He's got a British Open win though so it's all good.
Golf is a funny game! You never know what happens!