I got my first three tournaments of 2012 under my belt. It was great to get out there and shake some of the winter break dust off.
My first event in Melbourne, Australia was very up and down. I started off really well, being in contention the first two days, but then I posted a high number on Saturday. I felt like I was still working on a few things from my off-season and suddenly they stopped working that day. That’s golf! (No worries, mate - as they would say down-under). But you do have to consider that golf course as well. We played the Royal Melbourne, where the President’s Cup was hosted last year. The greens are very undulated, fast and protected by many bunkers. On top of that your driving needs to be spot on. All in all it was a great event to test my game and get back into competing.
I always love coming to Australia, because (besides of the great food) the people are as nice and laid-back as we stereotype them.
Next up was Thailand. Well. That was a hot one. A very hot one. Even though I drank plenty of water I suffered from heat exhaustion on the Thursday. Luckily I was able to take some medication from there onwards to stop my headaches in the heat and I did ok. There was also a really enjoyable part of the week there too: On the Tuesday before the tournament I visited a Tiger Zoo. What an amazing experience that was.I got to hold and feed a baby tiger and take a picture with an adult tiger.
He was some big cat that fella.
My third event was Singapore, which is usually the hottest and most humid of the three. I’m not sure, if by then I was used to the heat, or the weather was better this year, but I actually didn’t find it too bad. Since I haven’t performed very well on this course in the past, I tried a fairly conservative approach, focusing on hitting fairways and greens. If a birdie falls, great, if not, par was going to be good for me too. I made a few what you would call “unforced errors” in tennis, but all in all I had a solid performance finishing T-15th. I think I will stick to this strategy more often than not.
Now I got two weeks off from competing and I’m very excited to spend a few days in a spa called Canyon Ranch, which I won with my Kia Classic title. Stay tuned to Twitter, where I will give you some updates from my adventures during my stay.
Hope it is warming up a bit (not too much though) wherever you are.
Talk to you soon,