Hi everyone and welcome to my first blog for Close House. I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. I look forward to updating you with my progress throughout the season.
The 2013 campaign is already under way and no-one will be in better spirits than my International Sports Management stablemate, Charl Schwartzel, who claimed his second victory in succession at the Alfred Dunhill Championship last month, having won the Thailand Golf Championship, a tournament I won 12 months ago, a week earlier.
I’m sure Charl will be there or thereabouts in all of the big events next year and I plan on joining him. The second half of my year was steady but not spectacular and, although there’s not been a lot of continuity, I feel that my game is pretty good at the moment. I’m making some changes and it’s ticking over nicely.
I enjoyed some special moments in 2012, both personally and as part of a team. As a golfer, there is nothing more satisfactory than winning, so my two victories, at the Indonesian Masters in April and the Nordea Masters in June, were definite highlights.
And who can forget the Miracle at Medinah? Certainly not me. I’ve been watching the Ryder Cup since 1985 and have played in eight, but the final day was unlike anything I’ve ever seen or been a part of and I’m not sure I will again. It was staggering.
It’s been a busy time for me away from the course, having moved with my family to the United States, but it’s also very exciting and I can’t wait to get started again.
My first event of the year is at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which gets under way at the Emirates Golf Club at the end of January. I have always enjoyed the event and have finished as a runner-up three times since playing for the first time in 1994. Hopefully, I will be able to get the job done this time around.