Posted: 18th December 2012
It was my birthday last week, but that wasn’t the only reason why it was one of the most memorable weeks of the whole year.
Not only was I honoured with the Asia-Pacific Lifetime Achievement award, I also happened to be a part of the winning Asian team in the Royal Trophy.
Having been at the receiving end of the European team for four of the last five editions of the biennial Ryder Cup-like showdown between the two continents, it was important for our own prestige and the future of the tournament that we Asians did well this year.
But what transpired at the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei last week was just sensational... perhaps not as magical as what the... MORE »
Posted: 27th November 2012
Well, the DP World Tour Championship turned out to be as bittersweet as the rest of the year for me.
I thought I played very well over the weekend, including that round of 64 on Saturday, but I was frustrated with the many opportunities I missed during the first two days.
Of course, there was the added emotional disturbance caused by my mother’s fall back home. But I am proud that I managed to block all thoughts when out on the golf course, and that I produced the 64 after she asked me to go out and play to the best of my ability.
The good news is that the surgery has been successful, even though she will take a long time before... MORE »
Worth the wait
Posted: 16th July 2012
It’s been a day since that magical moment on Sunday evening at Castle Stuart, but my Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open win is yet to sink in.
Honestly, when I finished the day with a five-under-par 67 round, I thought I had blown my chances with the missed birdie oppotunities on the back nine. The three-putts for par on the par-5 12th, and the par-4 16th, where I reached the green with a great drive, were hurting particularly bad.
It did not look very good for me with Marc Warren three ahead at that stage and Francesco Molinari also making a birdie around the time I finished to move one ahead of me. But after I submitted my card and saw the scores,... MORE »
Cool hand Luke
Posted: 31st May 2012
My last couple of starts – the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the US Open qualifier at Walton Heath – have been very bittersweet.
Bitter, because I could have easily done much better than finishing tied 28th in the BMW PGA and the second alternate spot that I managed at the qualifier. Sweet, because it convinced me once again that I am very close to playing my best golf once again.
I was extremely disappointed with my final round in Wentworth. I thought I did very well under difficult conditions on the first three days, but on the final day, when the course was playing at its easiest, I returned a card of 74 to drop down the leaderboard. There were... MORE »
Stats Tell The Story
Posted: 15th February 2012
In golf, there are weeks when you can do nothing wrong. Whatever you touch, turns into gold. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic was one such week for Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
The young Spaniard was a picture of consistency as he put together four fantastic rounds of golf at the Majlis course and was a deserving winner by one shot in the end. It would have been easy to dismiss his 63 on the opening day as a fluke, but that was not the case as he proved in stunning fashion as he backed it up with rounds of 69, 70 and a solid, bogey-free 68 on the final day.
Of all the statistics we have in golf, I have always placed the greatest... MORE »
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