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10/8 2014

Done with the cold!

My lack of experience on links courses and playing in cold condition payed it’s price last week.

+5 on ST Andrews in decent condition was horrible. So many mistakes not knowing how much the ball gonna bounce and how much the wind gonna affect it.

It got better at Carnoustie and I was laying – 2 for a while. Unfortunately an easy mistake was done again. With a wedge I hit it down in the famous waterhazard just infront of the 18th green. 6 shots, back to even par. The cold and windy conditions took out its right on the back nine and I finished totally + 2.

Got some redemption on Saturday with a final -7 at kingsbarns. It’s the easiest of the three courses,but without holding any putts -7 was a great game of golf. But it was different, slightly warmer and a bit softer which made me more comfortable.

What I learned?

Next year I might go even earlier to get some more experience playing links golf. Also, try to feel and act more confident on the course. Cause I got the game, only the lack of experience and also confident of what you think your ball will do makes such a huge difference.

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in Stockholm now to see Ulf Kilman again and get ride of this virus!!!

See you in Abu Dhabi.

Rick
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10/1 2014

Jamie the King.

All set for this week. Some more work on the putting and low ball flight shots today. I have to say it feels so different to play this kind of golf. I just feel unexperienced. You know what kind of shots you need to play even if you haven´t practiced them as much as you like. The only thing you can do is to trust it and live with it :) .

 

10.17 tee time tomorrow at St andrews.

 

This could be one of the best interviews I seen. It´s so much bullshit talk in official media but Jamie Donaldson is just honest and I love it!

 

“no, cause I’m still drunk” :D

Take care Guys!

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09/30 2014

Dunhill Links

Hi again,

 

Many  wondered what happen in Wales cause I retired? I thought I was good enough to play but the fever symptom that gives me a dizzy feeling was terrible. I topped the ball a few times and when I was 10 over par, there was no need to fight it anymore.

I went to sweden afterwards to meet with Ulf Kilman. He told me that my infection is coming from a virus called “Idena”. I feel a lot better now being on strong treatment but still experience dificulties with the dizziness. I still think I have a good chance for a good result here in Scottland at the Dunhill Links championship as my game feels solid and the putting is getting better!

here are some pics:

 

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View over the 18th green at Kingsbarns

 

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15th tee walking up to the 12th

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Garry my Caddie strikes a pose

 

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The beach next to Carnoustie this morning.

 

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Coach Viktor is here

 

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18th green at Carnoustie. Has to be one of the toughest finishing holes in golf.

 

 

Finishing my prep for the tournament tomorrow at St Andrews!

 

see you then!

 

Rick

 

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09/18 2014

Infection

Last Saturday I felt a slight dehydration after my round. It led to muscle ache, sore throat, pain in the ears and fever. It’s the 6th time This year I got the same symptom and I can’t find the solution. After seeing 4 doctors and other specialists around the world you notice how different they are in there conclusions of what I’ll picked up. My conclusion after seeing all this people: they describe waaay to much antibiotics. It doesn’t only kill the bad bacteria in your body. It also kills the good. So my immune system have gotten so bad every time I exhaust my body by working out, dehydration etc it can rebuild. Also my problem is not bacterial it’s probably viral which means my 4 antibiotics cures has been the wrong treatment.

Bottom line I just wanna say. Eat better and when you feel sick see a person who can guideline you to the right supplements which will boost your body up so it can take care of it by itself.

I feel better now by boosting myself with c-vitamin, zinc, probiotics, bicarbonate, wheatgrass and a lot of sleep.

However, I don’t have any big expectation on myself this week after just been able to practice 1 and half hours yesterday. Energy is there now though so let’s do the best out of it!

14.00 last off!

Regards

Rikard

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09/15 2014

Crossing the continents.

Finished 14th last week after a final 74 +2 under windy condition. My game kept feeling good under the weekend and even if I finished with a over par round I’m happy the way l play and the confidence I feel over the ball. Even the course is what it is this week that is what counts. Cause some
Courses doesn’t fit you and this is defiantly one who doesn’t fit me because my lack of experience on the craziest grainy greens in the world.

Now I’m sitting in a taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Will do some repacking and then fly to London 6 hours later for playing the wales open. Not what I really wanted but I play this and for 99 % I will not go to japan. That would just crack me. Because the week after japan I go to Scotland for the Dunhill links championship. This wouldn’t really work:

Switzerland- Taiwan- Wales – Japan – Scotland –

Skipping japan to have a week off I Abu Dhabi is the plan :) .

Kygo is the shit!

See you next in wales!

/rick

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09/12 2014

Golfbag vs Karlberg 1-0

Lost my temper a little bit after finishing with a double bogey yesterday. Kicking my golfbag with my foot was not a great ide, cause at impact, my knee sounded “klick”.

No pain, or lost mobility in it until 3 hours later, then… Couldn´t  bend the knee and  hardly could walk. Was scarred there for a while but after som icing and Ibuprofen it got better quick and this morning the pain was almost gone.

 

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Normally I don’t let my aggression out so I learned something how I not should do it.

 

Enough about my stupid behavior and more about my game.Yesterday was great from tee to green but as expected I struggled on the greens. So I did today, but my chipping was great and that made up when I hit more lose shots then yesterday. The best thing is that I feel comfortable over the ball with every club. Even with my putter. After a starting 72-72 even par I’m 7 shots back. That gap can you easily caught up to with 2 good rounds. My game is there, so just a little bit of luck on the greens and it should´t be any problems.

It happens now and then that the Asian tour surprises you with different “rules”.

 

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I guess that most of you can imagine what the players think about this ;) .

 

 

Time to get some beauty sleep.

 

Rick

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09/10 2014

Bring that grain to me!

All set for tomorrow, atleast as prepared as I can be after being on a mountain going in to the jungle. A clarification of that: going from Poana/bent- mix greens to “grainy unaerated fucked-up Bermuda -greens” :) in 1 day.

The greens are firm and haven’t been Aerated in forever so they are grainy and jumpy. Will be a challenge to read them this week but even more challenging to except the results. Cause you will miss putts, and many of them you will probably think out loud “how the f*ck could it go that way”.

Just man up and hope for the best.

My appetite wasn’t very high during the pro am dinner:

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7.10 tee time tomorrow. That means 4.15 wake up call. Gahh :) .

Rick

 
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09/9 2014

Taiwan

What up all,

There was a loong time ago I wrote something on the blog. I have received some complaints because of that. It’s shows that you people are interested in something more than just a short tweet or a picture on Instagram. So, I was thinking I stop spending time on that and more energy on the blog.

At the moment I’m Sitting on the plane to Taiwan after a short lay over in Abu Dhabi. Last week in Switzerland felt steady as it has for a while now. I don’t know if you followed my scores though, but I had two trippel bogeys who killed the steam during my weekend. 2 bad shots on 2 days that’s all it took. But it’s golf and the less you concern about it the more you learn from it and can move on. It was not that many birdies during the week either. Much cause I have worked a lot on my technique. A little bit to much so when I get out on the course it gets to many thoughts between me and the shot instead of just DO.

To fix that this week I will try to do more result-based exercises on the practice green and less technique drills.

My swing coach called this “golf- porn”, I don’t know if it turns you on? ;) but it looks pretty good:

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Doesn’t seem tough to be a weather forecaster in Taiwan:

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Take care guys!

Rick

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06/12 2014

You can’t force good results.

Sitting in coach Viktors studio at Haninge golfklubb reflecting on last week’s result. Finishing 25th after three bad rounds and one good is actually pretty positive. Not even close to play at my potential but still I finished 25th. The negative: I was not thinking fresh for every round. What I mean by that is that in the last round my game wasn’t really there but I tried to play the same strategy as I had on Saturday when I shot 66. Forcing a good result by playing aggressive and do a “copy, paste” from the day before doesn’t work. I didn’t feel comfortable with the driver and hoped that a good driver would give me a easy approach shot to the greens which might setup for a birdie. I should’ve just realized its not my day and I can’t win, let’s play with what I have and see where I end up.

Lesson learned hopefully.

I’m in Sweden now to practice with Viktor Gustavsson and see a John Mayer concert before I head home to the des
ert on Friday.

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Some comforting after my bad round of golf on Sunday to come home and win in paddel tennis. Celebrating my win with dinner at Hills golfclub.

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As I said I’m at Haninge gc to practice. Right away when you drive in you can see who’s the king. Alex Norén!

Time to hit the range.

Rick

 
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06/7 2014

That’s what I call a move!

A nice 66 today to move from 47th to 10th.  Thought to much over the shots the first rounds and tried to hard to read the bounces, bought on the firm fairways and greens… Today I just hit the ball and didn’t look where it ended.

As I wanted I took care of the good morning greens that are a bit more true and softer. The round stood still for a while though. Great shots that ended up only 10-12 feets from the hole but nothing dropped. Until I chipped in on 14th from 20 feets and holed a long putt from 30 feet for eagle on the next. Boom from -2 to -5 in a heartbeat ;) . Finished off with a nice putt on the last for -6.

Fingers crossed for me please!
12.10 teetime.

Regards Rikard

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