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.