Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Want To Play Golf With Tiger Woods?

It must be pretty much every golfer's dream to play a round of golf with the legend that is Tiger Woods. Well now this will become reality for one golfer at the Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am. The organisers are offering one place to play with Tiger, along with 2 other amateur golfers on February 9th 2011.

So, all you need to do is go to the website and register there. You must have a valid handicap to register (max 28 for men and 30 for ladies).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Martin Kaymer Wins the Race To Dubai

So today was the last day of the Dubai World Championship and the culmination of the Race to Dubai. I was volunteering as a marshall for this tournament, as I did last year, which is a great way to feel part of the action. Going in to the tournament there were only 2 players who could win the race to Dubai - Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell. The odds were weighted in Kaymer's favour as he went in as leader and it was up to McDowell to take the title from him. Unfortunately McDowell was not completely on his game and so Kaymer clinched it with a solid performance.

The DWC tournament title itself was a close battle with Ian Poulter and Robert Karlsson taking it to a play-off which was re-runs of the long 18th hole. The first run saw them both sink brilliant birdies but Poulter came unstuck at the 2nd go when he ended up in the bark from his tee shot. They both hit the green on their 3rd shot but Kaymer was about 4 feet away with Poulter having a much longer putt. Unfortunately Poulter was penalised on the green for replacing his ball on his marker after he lifted it. However, Karlsson sank his putt which meant that even without the penalty he would have won as Poulter missed his.

For me it was a great 5 days (including the Pro-Am) where you get a chance to get up close to the top players, lots of walking in the beautiful sunshine and and a chance to be part of a major event. Although it was exhausting I will hopefully be back next year doing it again!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First Day of the Dubai World Championship Tomorrow!

So tomorrow brings the start of the Dubai World Championship and the start of the end of the Race to Dubai! I am reporting for marshalling duties quite late in the day (11am) so should be going out with one of the later groups that includes the guys at the top of the list - perhaps Ian Poulter and Ernie Els or maybe Schwarzel and Jimenez or possibly one of the Molinari brothers - in any case I don't mind as they are all great and it is set to be a fabulous tournament! Just remember, no cameras and turn your phones off or I will be battering you over the head with an exceedingly large Quiet Please sign that they have given us this year!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dubai World Championship Pro-Am

So today I was a marshall at the pro-am. Now from my point of view this is the best job in the world. You get to walk round the course with a top player who is relaxed and chatty and you can get photos and autographs and even some hints and tips. I don't know why more people don't go to watch the pro-am!

Me and Graeme McDowell
Today I was with Graeme McDowell. You can choose who you marshall with on a first come first served basis so I got there early to pick someone I really wanted to see. He was great and a really friendly guy as most of them seem to be on these days where they are playing primarily for their sponsors. Graeme is all keyed up to winning the Race to Dubai which is between him and Martin Kaymer.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gearing Up For The Race To Dubai

So the players are finishing up the last tournaments before the Dubai World Championship next week which is the last event in the Race to Dubai. Some of the players, including Graeme McDowell, are in Hong Kong although Martin Kaymer, who is currently in the lead, is giving that tournament a miss.

I will be marshalling at the Dubai World Championships again this year. Am particularly looking forward to the pro-am where the players are relaxed and chatty and the crowds are not huge so come on down if you get the chance.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Europe Win Back The Ryder Cup!

Sorry for the late posting, as I am sure you are all aware, Europe won back the Ryder cup by a slim margin of 14.5 to 13.5 points. In the end it all came down to the last singles match of the day with Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan. At the start of the day, with the big lead that Europe had, almost no-one would have predicted this! So it ended on the 17th where McDowell just needed to halve the hole to win the point for the Europeans. Hunter Mahan graciously conceded the hole so that McDowell didn't need to putt out and the celebrations began. Well done Europe!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 4 - Singles Matches

So, day 3 ends in a whitewash by Europe with scores finishing at 9.5 to 6.5. Day 4 of the singles brings the following matches:

Westwood v Stricker
McIlroy v Cink
Donald v Furyk
Kaymer v D Johnson
Poulter v Kuchar
Fisher v Overton
Jimenez v Watson
F Molinari v Woods
E Molinari v Fowler
Hanson v Mickelson
Harrington v Z Johnson
McDowell v Mahan

Ryder Cup - Day 3

So with the bad weather hitting the course again, the Ryder Cup is postponed for another 5 hours or so until a 1.30pm start. Sunday should see the finish of the revised 3rd session of fourballs and foursomes but is unlikely to see the start of the singles which will probably start on Monday. This is the first time in Ryder Cup history that play has gone on til the Monday!

At the end of Day 2 the USA have a 2 point lead with the scores at USA 6, Europe 4 - but the advantage is with the Europeans going in to the 3rd day as they are up in all 6 matches that are in play, so it is certainly all to play for!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ryder Cup - Next Pairings Announced

So the pairings for the next session are as follows:

1. Harrington/Fisher v Furyk/D Johnson (Fourball)
2. Hanson/Jimenez v Watson/Overton (Fourball)
3. E & F Molinari v Cink/Kuchar (Fourball)
4. Poulter/Kaymer v Mickelson/Fowler (Fourball)
5. Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods (Foursomes)
6. McDowell/McIlroy v Z Johnson/Mahan (Foursomes)

Ryder Cup Session 2 - Pairings for the Foursomes

Pairings are as follows (but may actually not go out in this order):

10.57am
Molinari Brothers v Z Johnson/Mahan

11.09am
Westwood/Kaymer v Furyk/Fowler

11.21am
Jimenez/Hanson v Woods/Stricker

11.33am
Harrington/Fisher v Mickelson/D Johnson

11.45am
Poulter/Donald v Watson/Overton

11.57am
McDowell/McIlroy v Cink/Kuchar

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ryder Cup Sessions Amended

So because of the heavy rain and the lack of play today (Friday) the matches have been amended to try and fit them in better to finish possibly still on Sunday and the amended sessions are as follows:

Session 2: 6 Foursomes
Session 3: 2 Foursomes & 4 Fourballs
Session 4: 12 Singles

Ryder Cup Foursomes - How The Format Works

So the afternoon format for the Ryder Cup is Foursomes. In this format 2 players make up each team from Europe and USA and each team only plays 1 ball between them. The first player hits the golf ball and then his partner takes the next shot and so on until the ball is holed. Whichever team gets the lowest score on each hole wins the point (or the hole is halved is they both score the same).

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ryder Cup Fourballs - The First Pairings

So the first pairings have been announced for the Fourballs for Friday morning and they are as follows:

Tee-OffEuropeUSA
7.45amWestwood & KaymerMickelson & D Johnson
8.00amMcIlroy & McDowellCink & Kuchar
8.15amPoulter & FisherStricker & Woods
8.30amDonald & HarringtonWatson & Overton

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ryder Cup First Round - Fourball Explained

So the first game of the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament is the Fourball on Friday morning. So what is a Fourball format? Well, each match is made up of 2 golfers each from the US and Europe and there are 4 matches - and so 8 players from each team take part. Each player plays their own ball and the player with the best score at each hole takes the point for that hole for their team. If one player from each side has the same score then the hold is halved. At the end of the 18 holes (or before if they are more points ahead than there are holes remaining) the team with the most points wins for that match and gets one point for their team (or the point is halved if they have the same number of points).

Here Comes the Ryder Cup!

So only a couple of days before the Ryder Cup kicks off in Cardiff, Wales and the teams are as follows:
USA
Captain: Corey Pavin
Team Members: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton, Matt Kuchar, Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods.
Europe
Team Captain: Colin Montgomerie
Team Members: Luke Donald, Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory Mcilroy, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood.
Looking forward to some great golf!

Friday, July 16, 2010

2nd Day at the Open at St Andrews

So it's all change on day 2 with lots going on and a lot of players being affected by the change in the weather. There was an hour's break in play in the afternoon when the wind just got too much and the course was deemed unplayable with balls being blown on the greens.

Louis Oosthuizen took the lead away from Rory McIlroy as he played off early before the wind hit and McIlroy got sidetracked by the swirling wind and is currently struggling on 7 over for the day. There are plenty of players still in it including Tiger Woods - who knows what might happen with the weather tomorrow?!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Open Starts Today!

So, I'm watching the first day of the open and the thing that hits me most I have to say is the fashion!! There are some guys out there in some very bright colours just to add a bit of a dash to the slightly dour Scottish weather. John Daly is in a mixture of blue and pink with purple paisley trousers, Tiger Woods has a bright purple/pink top on, of course there are the usual mixes of greys, blacks and blues too but for those who want to stand out and make a statement they are really going for it and looking pretty good for the most part!

Also loving Peter Alliss' commentary on BBC2, the man is a legend!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Graeme McDowell Wins US Open

Well done to Graeme McDowell for winning the US Open which must really be the highlight of his career. The golfer from Northern Ireland won by a shot and is the first European in 40 years to claim the title. There was a lot of talk in the US press about the championship being lost by everyone else, including Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, together with the falling apart of Dustin Johnson on the last day. But at the end of the day, McDowell has worked hard to get where he is today and deserves the win. He held it all together when everyone else fell apart so well done to him.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Round 1 Leaderboard

So after round 1 of the US Open on Thursday, there are 3 joint leaders who all had rounds of 69 - Shaun Micheel of the US, Paul Casey of England and Brendan de Jonge of Zimbabwe. It was a tough day for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson who carded a 74 and 75 respectively. My picks of Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy also didn't fare that well with +3 and +4 for the day :-(

Thursday, June 17, 2010

US Open Starts Today

So the US Open gets underway today with a lot of people once again looking to Tiger Woods to make a good showing. Also hot on his heels for the British contingent are Lee Westwood and Padraig Hamilton together with Rory McIlroy. I'm personally hoping that Rory makes a good showing but unless he is totally on top of his game I think he might struggle.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Personalized Golf Balls!

If you are looking for a present for a golfer or else corporate golf gifts then Golfballs.com is the # 1 supplier of custom logo golf balls! Take a look at their site and see all of the golf balls and related accessories that they have to offer.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Choosing Golf Clubs When You Are a Beginner

Starting out in golf can be expensive if you want to buy all the equipment that you might need but it doesn't actually have to be.

There are a few options for a beginner in golf to consider when buying their first set of clubs. First of all are you going to buy a set of new golf clubs or are you going to buy used ones? You can often find a second hand set of clubs advertised at your local golf club or in the classifieds. This can be a very economical way of starting off as you can get some great deals. However, one drawback here is that you don't know what you are getting. How often have the clubs been used? Are they damaged at all? Which model are they - are they 20 years old and behind the times in terms of golf club development? Unless you know the person that is selling them you might struggle to answer these questions.

The second option is to buy a new set of clubs. Some golfers might be put off this idea as they think new golf clubs have to cost a lot of money. However, this is not always the case. There are a lot of brands out there that make golf club sets for the beginner market, with some of them available at outlet prices. These golf clubs are perfectly suitable for a beginner and can even cost less than $100. With these clubs you know you are getting newly manufactured clubs with no chips, cracks, scratches etc, that won't confuse your game even more. If you prefer to go with the well known brand names then of course you could buy a new set of clubs from someone like Calloway where you have a trusted and well-known name and clubs you know you can use for years to come.

Another option that you may not have heard about is to buy brand name pre-owned golf clubs. This is almost the best of both worlds. You get a great brand name and often you get a choice of prices depending on the condition of the clubs. The clubs have all been checked over for you so you know the condition and that they are suitable for your use.

So, there should be beginner clubs available to suit all budgets, just have a look around and you will find something that will suit you.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Travelling with Golf Clubs

So at the moment I am on the move and travelling around with my golf clubs. The one thing that you really need is a golf travel bag to keep all your clubs together and in one piece by the time you arrive. Check out the Golf Travel Covers at GolfOutletsDirect to get one delivered to your door before you go. It Also makes them much easier to carry around as they are on wheels and you can just drag them. Luckily for me I am flying with an airline that lets you take golf clubs for free too!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Take Part in an Apprentice Golf System for $1

There's a new way of learning golf! Bobby Eldridge at Purepoint Golf has spent the last few months designing a program that allows him to coach students personally online. He's looking for a few "testers" for the program. It's a really great program, and it's revolutionary for golf instruction. The first month is only $1.00 so you can make an informed decision to see if the program is right for you You can check it out here.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Emirates Golf Club Par 3

So I played at the par 3 on Friday night and hit some good shots. I think it is the longest par 3 in Dubai and can give you a good variety of shorter shots to play to practice your short game. It's the course where the pros play the challenge match prior to the Dubai Desert Classic so plenty of history even on this short course!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Phil Mickelson Wins The Masters

Well done to Phil Mickleson for winning his 3rd Masters trophy. He won by 3 clear shots from Lee Westwood and had a great 4th day round. Bit of a shame for Lee Westwood as I was rooting for him and Tiger Woods crashed a bit on the last day but still did well as he hasn't played competitively for 5 months.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Day 1 at The Masters

So I'm pleased to see that Tom Watson is up there with the leaders as well as Lee Westwood with Tiger Woods only 2 strokes behind the leader Fred Couples. By the sounds of it you wouldn't have believed that Tiger had been away, hitting a couple of eagles on the par 5 8th and 15th. This was his best finish for a first round too, previously he has won it by hitting a 70 on the first day, this time he hit a 68.

Louis Oosthuizen wins the Masters Par 3 Tournament

So South African Louis Oosthuizen won the par 3 tournament at Augusta yesterday. Hopefully he doesn't believe in the jinx that some people believe means that if you win the par 3 you won't win the Masters!


Meanwhile we all wait with baited breath to see what Tiger Woods can do when he tees off in just over 6 hours time...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Discounted Green Fees (And Some Free!) in the US and Canada

More Greens...Less Fees - Get Golf Card!So if you are looking to save money on green fees and get cheap tee times then look no further than the Golf Card. For a great value joining fee you can get discounted tee times at over 3,000 courses in the US and Canada. Some courses you can even play for free! Take a look at their website to check out all of the courses that are covered - you could save the cost of membership in a few rounds - great value!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Masters is Almost Here!

So this week is the build up to the Masters which starts on Thursday. On Wednesday there is the par 3 tournament which has its 50th anniversary this year and is a big pull for the crowds who get to see their favourite players relaxed and chatty. If ever you want to get pictures and autographs of the players then go to the pro-am and par 3 tournaments that precede major events. Everyone of course is wondering how Tiger Woods is going to play after his time off...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Day Out at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club

Dubai Creek Golf Club have a great deal on offer at the moment for UAE residents:

Spend your day at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and take advantage of our special full day package which includes a Continental Breakfast for 2 on Lake View Terrace, one round of golf on the championship course plus full day use of all Golf Academy practice facilities, use of the club's gym and tropical swimming pool ALL DAY and our new buffet lunch for 2 at the Boardwalk.

All this is available for only Dhs.495, valid for UAE Residents everyday, until the end of April.

Please contact us on Tel: 04 2956000,
or email:dcgyc@dubaigolf.com

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Masters in 3D

So The Masters at Augusta kicks off next week and this year there is a first in sports broadcasting with some of the tournament being broadcast in 3D. This is mainly focused on the back 9 and will be available to subscribers with 3d capable televisions and computers. A sign of things to come! Take a look at the Masters Website for more info.

Improve Your Swing and Your Distance

So do you want to improve your distance by really improving your golf swing? This really is one of the best-selling golf guides on the internet and it guarantees that you will play the best golf in your life in just 2 weeks or your money back! So really what is there to lose? Have you been struggling to improve your scores and your handicap? Then you must try this guide from the golf swing guru - it was created specifically for the average golfer in mind to hit the ball straighter and further than you have ever done before.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Scored 39 Today!

So today I played at a fantastic golf course in Dubai - and I think I would have to say my favourite although I have only played there a few times - Al Badia Golf Course run by Intercontinental at Dubai Festival City. And I played my best golf in a long time! The surroundings are beautiful with lots of birdlife including huge herons. The course is really well kept and of course the weather was stunning! For ladies it is a 5,400 yard par 72 and for men a 7,300 yard course. Lots of water to get round and so a challenge as well but was extremely happy with my 39 points:-)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Golf Handicap Calculator

So if you want to work out your golf handicap (according the the USGA methods) then you can see the actual mathematical handicap calculation or if you just want to get it easily calculated I have an online calculator on my golf website where you just need to put in the golf scores, slope index and course rating.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Which Golf Clubs Should a Beginner Buy?

If you are just starting to learn golf of have been having a few golf lessons and think it is about time to buy yourself a set of clubs, how do you decide which golf clubs to buy? Have a look at this article on buying golf clubs and see if that helps at all...

New Rules For Grooves on Golf Clubs

So some new rules were introduced this year on the shape of grooves on some golf clubs. I have written an article to explain a little bit about the new golf club rules, so check it out...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tiger Woods Announces His Return to Golf at the Masters

So Tiger Woods has announced that he will return to competitive golf at the Masters at Augusta in April. I have to admit I was a bit surprised about this. From his press conference a few weeks ago I thought the implication was that he would not return to golf for a few months, if at all this year. However, what better golf tournament for his comeback than the Masters? One advantage for him is that the paparazzi will not be there as only accredited sports and golf reporters are allowed in. Maybe he has chosen the Masters as his golf return so that he can be somewhat cocooned within the tournament and can focus purely on his golf for the time he is there. I can imagine there will, however, be hoards of eager spectators on the fairways and greens, eager for a glimpse of the champion golfer on his eagerly awaited return.(picture from my collection)

Monday, March 8, 2010

More Golf Info on my Leisure Website

Just to let you know that you can find more great golf info and hints and tips about playing golf on the golf section of my new Leisure Info website. It is still a work in progress but I will be adding more and more data as time goes by.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Playing Sloping Lies

Playing sloping lies is always a tricky thing and to remember what you are supposed to do differently has been my downfall, even after I have had quite a few lessons to teach me this. So I came up with an idea to help and have put this in an article that has been published here.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tiger Woods dumped by Gatorade

Not really any surprise that Tiger Woods has been dumped by another sponsor. I think that really the problem is he isn't the guy that we (and the sponsors) thought he was. Still, I'm sure he is not short or cash...

Tiger Woods Golf Trick Shot Video

I was lucky enough to catch Tiger Woods when he was playing in the Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Golf Match at Emirates Golf Club in 2008. Tiger was on the putting green with Mark O'Meara and they were having a bit of a laugh and a joke together when Tiger hit a shot that span round to the hole (shame it didn't go in!). Mark O'Meara gave it a try with slightly less success but I didn't realise this was going to happen when I started filming them!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

UAE Digital Golf Magazine Issue 2

Issue 2 of the UAE Golf online digital magazine is out and it has lots of great info and interviews with those in the golfing world. This issue focuses on the recent Dubai Desert Classic plus has competitions etc. Find it here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Played at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club

So yesterday I played a very enjoyable round of golf at Sharjah. The weather was perfect and the greens were very fast, nice once you got used to it! At Sharjah you play 2 rounds of the 9 hole course with the men going off the black tees in the first round and the blue tees in the second round. I hadn't played for a couple of months but did manage to get some good drives in a also a few good chips. Nothing compared to my playing partner who twice chipped in from off the green! needless to say after that I didn't win!

Early Bird Special at Emirates Golf Club

Emirates Golf Club, Dubai are having an Early Bird Special, valid from 1st March to 30th April 2010.

Tee off before 8am for nine holes on the Faldo course, Sunday - Thursday (excluding public holidays), for just Dhs.240 including a breakfast sandwich, a coffee and a cart.

Bookings can be made 7 days prior to play. Proof of UAE residency required.

Contact Golf Reservations on T: +9714 380 1999
or E: egcreservations@dubaigolf.com

Tiger Woods Press Conference

Well I actually thought he was quite honest in what he said. Whether or not he can change is another story but at least he knows the problems and has admitted them. OK, it was all a bit staged but he actually said more than I expected him to about how he thought he was above all the rules that applied to other people. Hopefully he can put this all behind him and get back on the golf course soon, as, whatever we think of him privately, he is no doubt one of the best golfers of all time.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tiger Woods Press Conference Tomorrow

So at last Tiger Woods will face the press tomorrow in a press conference at the PGA headquarters in Florida. Tiger is expected to speak for just 5 minutes and apologise for his transgressions and say a few words about the future. It will be interesting to hear if he is going to make a return to golf. Tiger has not been seen in public since November so maybe this is the start of him getting back to a 'normal' life. (picture my own)

Rory McIlroy takes a trip in a balloon during the Dubai Desert Classic 2010

During the Dubai Desert Classic Rory McIlroy took a trip in a hot air balloon with the Jumeirah people. View the video on youtube.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Emirates Golf Club Demo Event - 20th Feb

Emirates Golf Club are holding a demo event on Saturday 20th February where you can try the latest equipment from the top golfing brands. Custom fitting experts will also be on hand to assist and you can have your shots analysed on the Flightscope system. This will take place on the Majlis range from midday until 3pm.

For enquiries and bookings, please contact the Emirates Golf Academy on: T: +971 4 380 2222, F: +971 4 380 1752, E:eacademy@dubaigolf.com

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jimenez wins the Dubai Desert Classic 2010

So it came down to a nailbiting finish. The wind really took it's toll on all the golfers today and it was all really tight when the last 3 groups came in. Jimenez finished in front on 11 under and then it was only down to Lee Westwood to take the title from him. Westwood went for the green with his 2nd shot on the par 5 and made it to the fringe. At the start of the 18th he was 10 under and so with a long eagle putt to go for he could take the title. (Video of the shot here) He missed by only a few inches, grabbing a birdie to take it to a play-off. 3 holes later it was touch and go until Jimenez took it on the 3rd time up the 18th.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dubai Desert Classic 2010 - Final Day Tomorrow!

So tomorrow is the last day of the DDC and I will be going to watch all the action from the Emirates Golf Club. The Majlis Course has been looking good and after day 3 Jimenez, Westwood, Jaidee and Quiros were all on 11 under, with McIlroy poised just under them at 9 under. Will McIlroy be able to take the title for a second time? Will Westwood still be riding on the wings of his recent victory in the Race to Dubai? Golf is such an unpredictable game that there are a few other contenders also lurking in the background so we'll just have to wait and see!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lee Westwood Golf Video

I have posted a video on YouTube showing Lee Westwood taking a chip and a bunker shot at the Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am yesterday
Lee Westwood Video

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am

So today I had a great day at the Pro-Am golf tournament at Emirates Golf Club. I got there early as there were 2 shotgun starts - 7.30am and 12.45pm and there were a few players in the first shotgun that I wanted to see, most notably Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Darren Clarke and Mark O'Meara.

The Pro-am is such a great day to go and watch the golf because the players are so relaxed and most of them are friendly and happy to chat to you. Also there are hardly any spectators and in the morning I was one of the few out on the course. In fact on a few holes I was the only spectator and a couple of the golfers - Anthony Wall and David Howell - were nice enough to come and have a chat with me off their own backs - what lovely guys! I'll definitely be willing them on at the tournament as my fellow-countrymen :-)

I also bumped into Jim Davidson there playing in one of the groups and he was also very nice and friendly and I walked round with his group for the last 4 holes having a chat with him.

Altogether a great day although exhausting as I was walking around the course for about 6 hours! I took a bunch of videos which I will post on YouTube which might be helpful in checking out the swings of the Pros.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dubai Desert Classic 2010

So the tournament kicks off this week with the par 3 charity challenge match on Tuesday, the Pro-am on Wednesday and the main tournament from Thursday through until Sunday. Will McIlroy be able to hold on to his crown? Will the oldest player in the field (Tom Watson) make another great showing after his appearance at The 2009 Open Championship? In any case the cream of the golf world is coming to Dubai for the world to see. Last year I was a marshall but this year just a spectator. Picture is from last year and I am 2nd from left in the bottom row.

Dubai World Championship

I was marshalling for 3 days at the DWC and it was a great tournament! Although the course was really only just finished and the surroundings could have done with a little more work, it was really well organised and there was some fantastic golf to be seen. Lee Westwood won the tournament and with it the Race to Dubai with Ross McGowan 2nd and Rory McIlroy third (see pic). Luckily I got to play the course afterwards with it's pristine white bunkers which was great fun. Already looking forward to next year!

Marshalling in Dubai

I have had the pleasure and privilege of marshalling in 3 golf events in Dubai - the Dubai Desert Classic, the Dubai Ladies Masters and most recently the Dubai World Championship/Race to Dubai. It is hard work but great fun and I always make sure I marshall for the Pro-Am as you get to be up close and personal with some of the best golfers but when they are happy to chat rather than be totally focused on the golf. Unfortnately I am not marshalling in the DDC coming up this week as they had too many volunteers who were able to do all 5 days and I was only available for 3 :-(. Showing though is a picture of me and Johan Edfors whose group I was with in the pro-am at the DWC. He played some awesome golf and was -10 for that one round (which I think would have been a course record if it was in the event).

Introduction

I live in Dubai and have been playing golf for about 20 years. Over that time I have occasionally improved and sometimes regressed and sworn that I will never play again but always the pull of the fairways and the greens is there to keep me coming back for more! In this blog I will just chat about courses, competitions, players and round that I play myself.