Going from one hot and sticky place to another. Now i´m in Jakarta, Indonesia at a great event called Cimb Indonesian Masters. The tournament is played on Royale Jakarta Golf club. Good track which favours the loong hitters. Facts are pretty clear: 2011 & 2012 Lee Westwood won. 2013 Bernd Wiesberger. Rough is a little bit shorter than last year which might do the all over scoring lower but the winning score should be around 15-20 under par.
Game feels great after todays Pro-Am and it should´nt be any problem to be up at the top.
Yesterday I received “Volvik Best dressed Award” at over yearly Asian tour Gala dinner:
Thankful to Lyle & Scott and Footjoy to provide me with great products!
As I said, everything is in order for this week. Here is also s short video interview though:
11.40 tee time tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed.
And yes it is broadcasted on tv in Europe(Sky-sport UK. Viasat golf, Sweden)
First of all thanks for all the support this week. Finished 5th and are now at the top of the Asian tour Order-of-merit!
It seems that I´m getting more and more steady during the weekends and can than deliver some top-5s. 3 out of 5 starts this year so hopefully I get the Win soon.
Didn´t get it going during the final round as the third. Some errors with the driver and a few in to the green. Felt a little bit more tensed than I did in Kings cup in the beginning of the year. Only seeing that will make me relax more and have more fun in the future. The birdie birdie finish makes me also see that I have that feeling of not letting go and that will pay of later!
and once again….Thank you for the support It means a lot!
Have been hitting my irons great this two days. Decent distance control and with good accuracy. I´m surprised though how bad my driving has been. Only 1 fairway hit out of 10. The fairway I hit which was on nr7 bounced back on the curb of the car path So it shouldn´t even count. . Putting could´ve been better aswell. Have only sinked two putts outside three feet. One was yesterday for birdie on 16th and one today on 2nd, both from 9 feet.
Been think of changing driver , but cause that I’ve been hitting it good before it will be easier to find the rhythm again with my old one. (which is a R1). Putting is the same thing. Just keep on trying to see the line that will get it in to the hole and eventually they will start dropping.
Pablo Larrazabal got chased by some hornets today. It got so bad that he had to jump in to the water hazard: Link.
Tomorrow it´s moving day. With the knowledge I now have from the course and my game I will hopefully move in the right direction .
Last tournament in Marbella, Spain was horrible. Bad preparation and bad course management. Hopefully I have learned from my mistake.
Had a good week of practice in Abu Dhabi before coming to Kuala Lumpur for the maybank Malaysian open. Every player is preparing different for tournaments. I like to come in Monday night. You then have Tuesday for your practice round (if you don’t play the pro am on Wednesday) and Wednesday to have a few practice sessions on the practice areas. This was my schedule for today:
8.30-8.45 putts on my putting arc (putting gadget)
8.45-9.15 putts on the putting tutor (putting gadget)
9.15-10.00 working on my putting pace (1-foot pace exercise, from 5-10-15 meters.
10.00-10.30 8-ball exercise ( 8 putts from 8 foot around a hole. 8 in a row to finish exercise)
10.30-12.00 chiping and putting ( in general getting feel how the greens react and how to hit shots from the rough)
12.30- 13.00 technique training on the range
13.00-14.00 distance control (50-220m)
14.00-14.30 driving and 3-wood
After that I went back to the hotel and watched “House of cards” fantastic series!
09.00 tee time tomorrow with Wiesberger and Fleetwood!
I could just say how surprised I am how good this course is. Usually when you are in the Marbella-area the courses are short and weird cause of all the slopes and houses that needs to be fitted in. La reserva de Sotogrande is different though. You still have huge drops from the tee to fairway and slopy greens but they are shaped in a good way. Not the kind of way it has to be when you don’t have space.
Lovely par-3. Hole nr 8 with view of the sea and some typical Spanish real estate:
Watched champions league at a sportsbar this evening and found a funny wall of pictures:
Wall of cheaters.
Can’t name them all but you have Ludmila Enquist, Lance Armstrong Barry Barnes etc.
It was extra fun to see cause on the flight over here I saw a documentary called “the Armstrong lie”. And it amazed me how you can be such a liar. What pisses me even more off is that the “international pro cyclist association” (or whatever it’s called) had to know! It’s impossible that everyone is getting caught except Armstrong. They had to cover it up!
One good thing came out of his career: he raised 300 mil. Usd. For cancer patients!!! Unfortunately there is no one to take over.
Time to sleep!
Its was a while ago I played a tournament in Europe. Gonna be existing the see how it feels putting on something else then Bermuda.
Club de golf Sotogrande is the venue for the tournament. Last time I was in the Malaga area I was in the lead after 2 rounds during the “open de andalucia”. Hopefully we can start like that and keep on going.
Back in the gym after a long break. My physique is awful but the view is nice at least:
Think I will choose the cartoon movie “Froozen” on the route to Madrid and then onwards to Malaga. 12 hour flight:
The week at Black mountain Has been fantastic. Great practice, friends and a lot of laughter.
My game feels in great shape, at least the first 5 days. Unfortunately I strained my neck when I was swimming so I could´t fully rotate in the backswing the last 2 days. those things happens now and then, and Im already feeling better.
Pics from the week:
13th tee first day!
Saturday: 9 holes on the par-3 course, poolbar at the water park, dart tournament at “Casa Big Rick”
Jocke Rask, Dennis Johansson, Pelle Edberg, Jesper Kennegård and his girlfriend Emelie.
Love competing. It almost gets more import when you play other sport, for example dart.
Last day Dennis and I played the only morning round for the week. Damn it was nice:
Back in Abu dhabi now.
See you tomorrow.
My trip went allright from Dubai to Black mountain. Don’t love flying during the nights cause I find it hard to sleep on an airplane. Landed 8am, had to wait a couple of hours for my friend at the airport but after that it has been a hectic day. 18 holes of golf, dinner in Hua Hin at the prime steak house, footmassage and breakfast-shopping.
Can’t complain on that day. Tomorrow will be even better:
Swimming, breakfast, practice, lunch, 18 holes of golf, Padel-tennis, dinner with C-m Carlsson on piano!
Standard day on the mountain
Can’t wait to try my new Padel rackets out!
Home In Abu dhabi now. arrived Monday morning and flying out tonight to Bangkok. A good week of practice is scheduled at Black Mountain. Got to me last week that I have been practiced at to slow green for a while now. It´s time to do something about that and go to BM and practice on great surface that never goes under 11-on the stimp meter.
A few other guys will be there aswell which makes practice even better.
This view I´ve been missing.
The last couple of months have been really slow for me. Not that many tournaments. Mainly cause I haven´t got in tournaments that I thought I was. However, now I´m getting in to a really busy schedule:
3-6 April .NH Collection open, La reserva de Sotogrande Club de golf, Spain
17-20 April. Maybank Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur GCCC, Malaysia.
24-27 April. CIMB NIAGA Indonesian Masters, Royal Jakarta GC, Indonesia
1-4 May. The Champioship, Black Stone resort, Korea.
8-11 May. Madeira Island open, Clube de golf do santo de serra, Portugal.
Sometimes you have to arrange Visas. For example, Yesterday I had to arrange for Korea. The weird thing is that many business visas is quicker to arrange here in Abu dhabi or Bangkok then Sweden. Korean visa they want 2-3 weeks to arrange. AD: 1 day. Same thing with Indian visa and Chinese via. Thought they need to do a “Terrorist check” first
Korean Embessy Selfie:
Time to pack down the last things and off to the airport.
Sitting tired in the airport lounge and frustrated that I couldn´t do better after that good start.
The course played the same during the 3 last days and I could´t figure out the greens. They were very fast so when it blow 2-3 club wind it gets affected. Still, I should have done better. Might be the lack of practice on fast greens the last couple of months is the reason? Feels extra good for me that I booked 1 week at black mountain. Thursday to Thursday next week.
Time to fly.