Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Current round: 4
Pos.: 40Visit the Tournament’s Site.
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Much better... Let's get some more confidence building up tomorrow with a good 4th round.
The left shoulder drill was spot on, a classic default in my putting stroke. 29 putts today, and, as Brian said, birdies on 2,3,17 and 18 could have fallen...
Every day is different but let's hope to have a good one tomorrow...
Still frustrating feeling after having touched 16 greens, but with Brian we found a little dysfunction in my left shoulder going too much to the left of the line of play. Hope this will be the fix to bring my putts under the 30 tomorrow and Sunday!
Touched by the passing of Dave Renwick, a 15 year friendship on Tour, he spent many years alongside Olazabal, Elkington, Westwood or Vijay... Rest in Peace Ol'Buddy...
GALLERY: Pictures from today's game (red shirt) and practice days (black shirts), thanks to Frank Vuysteke
After a few days of rest, another cool day in perspective to fully recover.
Shooting at 4PM with Callaway to present you the new products.
Tomorrow will be the technical fine tuning day, surely with the driver...
Time to take a forced rest to recover from a virus infection. It was cold and windy in Qatar and my health did suffer from it... from South Africa I'm suffering from several virus infection, it's the third week in a row that I clearly feel it; the Doctor here in the Emirates says that we need to take serious rest to fully recover but it's not the right timing to do it.
4 days of rest before the Desert Classic, let's heal... and I'm not the only one to suffer from it...
After a slow start, the eagle on 10 gave me the right boost for my back nine. Strong winds this afternoon, big difference with this morning!
These conditions are perfect for "Chippy" Lawrie, he won here already! I'm a great fan of Paul, we played together in Medinah. It's gonna be good sporting moment on Friday ... But there are so many good players also on the run and still a long streak of 36 holes to be played...
Clean sheet, best round so far in 2016, a step in the right direction.
Sandy wind, chilly out there, I'm pleased to hit 17 greens and to have birdied all par 5's, good signs of the overall shape of my game.
The weather forecast for tomorrow gives even more wind in the afternoon, so we gonna have to hang out there strong in those circumstances and the same will apply for the rest of the week, typical Qatar!
Happy Birthday Thomas Pieters!
Another good track this week, also designed by Peter Harradine, where the wind plays always an important role. It's a striker's course, always won by a big guns like Garcia, Stenson, Bjorn, Grace , Karlsson...
Attention: the tournament begins on Wednesday and finishes on Saturday!
Playing with Frenchman and long time friend Greg Havret and fellow Challenge Tour winner in 2009 at 7.40 AM Local time.
And what about the 2 last rounds of Thomas Pieters... He deserved to win... But will win very soon, be prepared!
Great training with Jérôme this week-end, I need to forget that first round and score deeper in the next ones...
Way too conservative. I wanted to do a clean sheet, like a nice student, and I was way too far from the pins. But that doesn't mean that the swing and the game are not in good shape. On the contrary...
So tomorrow, I will modify my strategy, not a kamikaze one of course, it's not my style, but a slight more aggressive iron game so that I will be able to sharpen my putting and go for more birdies! Jerôme is quite enthusiastic about the quality of my game, not much to fine tune, really insisting about the quality of our preparation. Not happy with the score but really optimistic with the next rounds.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club this week! What a great course, in immaculate conditions. Designed by Peter Harradine, this is a great lay-out that will request a perfect driving.
The shaft for the driving will be the Speeder 757 Evolution II Tour X Fujikura in the Callaway Big Bertha. Tested in Florida, it's still the master choice here in Abu Dhabi. My team looks quite happy of my display during the practice days, that's already a good start of the season!
From 3 Belgians, we are only two. Thomas Detry is back in his University Illinois with 40° difference. Pedro Pieters and myself are quite happy to play the Desert Swing under a beautiful sunny blue sky!
Still going strong. 18 Holes at 7.30 (wake up at 6.00) and a lot of practice in the afternoon on the great practice infrastructure of Jumeirah golf at the European Tour Performance Institute. Thank you Mark Gregson, Mathew and Tim for your support.
Weather is perfect, Earth Course is very competitive, we will be ready.
Pedro Pieters looks in great shape also and Coach Small will receive a Thomas Detry in superb form. He learned a lot in 8 days, fully trained with Mich, Jérôme and Richard!
We will move to Abu Dhabi on Monday afternoon with one more round at Jumeirah on Monday morning.
Mich, Jérôme and Vince are staying in Abu Dhabi for a few more days...
A bit of a serious flu since Monday, but I'll be ready for the trainings and the matches with the 2 Thomas's. Today, great Tom Detry anniversary on the Earth Course (Jumeirah Golf) with a 68, great job from Mich and Jérôme to upgrade Tom's game!
The Els was great yesterday, thanks to Els Club direction for their warm welcome and the great shape of the course.
Looking forward to the strong Belgium side, will be impressive here at Dubai. 3 Bombers in action!
Right shoulder pain, like a knife stroke in it after a couple holes this morning, my right hand began to sleep also. very quickly it appeared that I couldn't finish the day.
It's a pity but the physio's comfort me in saying that after their manipulation and a few days of rest I wouldn't suffer from it next week... Training camp next week in Dubai is safe, even if we would have liked to grab more information after this first tournament. This is not the start I wanted, but I played solidly during the Pro-Am and Marcel Siem endured a heavy defeat in our match on Wednesday. So the game is there...
A few days of rest in Dubai and from Sunday we start our training camp!
Finally, there we go on the opening tournament of my 2016 season,
The course is quite nice but very narrow, we'll need some cautious play...
Distance are very difficult to judge because of the altitude, golf balls are flying miles thanks to less air resistance. And because it's windy, club and shot selection for the long players is always quite tough, surely for the ones with high trajectories...
Good to have a tournament between training camps, it will give some feedback for next week work...
Brian is in great shape, let's start the season!
All my best wishes for 2016, heath and happiness for sure!
Leaving Miami now for Johannesburg to play my first event of the season. Looking forward to this season with RIO 2016 in sight...
Thank you all in advance for your support in 2016, I hope to give you very good moments...
Arrived here two days ago with Vince and Mich for a solid training camp. The Bears is a perfect place to practice with tournaments conditions on the practice and on the course. Tough conditions for the moment with the wind blowing hard. By the way, Jack Nicklaus renew the greens here to make them even harder.
Emphasis on the driving. Mich wants me to work my first and "second serve". When the wind will calm down, we will also test the difference between the ProV1 and ProV1x, in term of flights and length.
Callaway 2 iron is definitely in the bag, quite pleased with his efficiency.
Julie and Rick Elion arrived also for three days of work together, quite an intense start of this training camp.