I am the longest hitting player on the European Tour. But while golfing, I always strive to play consistent. For me, being consistent equals staying out of trouble. Sometimes I think that I’m going to hit a good shot, but maybe not good enough to go all in. Those times I have to remember to be clever enough to choose consistency over excitement.
My long game is my strong game and I have a good feeling around the greens. But I’m not as good as I would like to be when I’m hitting the 80-120 meter shots. That is where I wish to improve the most.
I know that I’m playing at a good level, but at the same time I’m certain that I have it in me to become an even better golfer. My hope is to keep playing consistently, at my best, and see where I can get. I don’t care if I end up peaking at being the 20th best player in the world, as long as I feel that I’ve done my best and therefore can be proud of what I’ve accomplished. In the end, it’s up to you to find, set or expand your limits or goals.
For me, my goal is to be remembered as a long-hitting champion with many titles, but first and foremost as a good and fair human being.
Below is a timeline, which points out the highlights of my golfing career to date on a year-by-year basis.
I just love playing in the warm! I won in Dubai, came 8th in Bahrain and 2nd in Qatar. I ended up 5th in the World Match play and also won the Dubai World Golf Championship while finishing 6th on the Race to Dubai.
I finished 2nd in Qatar and 6th in Dubai as well as 3 top 10’s. I also won the Spanish Open and finished 3rd in the Race to Dubai.
I started my love of the Middle East with a win in Qatar. I finished 2nd in the European Open and 8th in the HSBC Championship.
After recovering from my injuries I managed to reach 4 top 10’s (Irish, Scottish, Madrid and HSBC Champions) and won the Portugal Masters.
This year was blighted by injury. I damaged tendons and ligaments in my left wrist during the Open de Andalucía and did not play for five months until October at the Madrid Masters.
I claimed 1 win and 4 top 10’s on the Challenge Tour. The highlight was qualifying for the PGA European Tour in 2007 and winning the Dunhill Championship in my first event as a member of the Tour.