Chris Wood: I'm relishing the chance to tame the Blue Monster in Miami
GREETINGS! This week's column comes from Miami, where I'm in action at the second World Golf Championship of the season, the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The limited-field, no-cut competition takes place at TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral.
And as the title suggests, it's a golf course that is renowned for being brutally tough.
However, I played nine holes on Monday morning and, I have to say, as soon as I got out there, I felt comfortable on the course.
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It's long and difficult and usually blows a bit of wind, so grinding out a score over the week should put me in good stead.
As I said a couple of weeks ago when I was competing at the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, events such as these, where you're facing the best players in the world, are the ones you have to play in order to climb the Official World Golf Rankings.
It's great to have the opportunity to play in more and more of these and I feel that I deserve to be here. It does takes a season or two to get used to playing on the European Tour and that's something I'll have to get used to again. But if it means playing in America, then bring it on.
Speaking of the European Tour, I was pleased to see Peter Uihlein, my ISM stablemate, play well at the inaugural Tshwane Open this weekend, where he finished fourth.
It's always nice to see guys who have enjoyed a stellar amateur career play well in the paid ranks.
I think he's quite capable of pushing on now, so keep an eye out for him.
Paul Mitchell, my coach, is out here with me this week, so we will definitely be putting in a lot of work both on the course and on the range. It's not just preparing for the tournament this week, either, but also looking ahead to the next couple, where I'll be playing in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
It's a busy few weeks for me and, as ever, I'll be looking to do well here in Miami.
I received some good news after my practice round on Monday when I learned my approach to the final green at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters had been named the European Tour Shot of the Month for January.
It's always nice to receive recognition, especially for an effort that was so instrumental in helping me to win my maiden Tour title.
It's certainly up there as one of the best shots of my career and I would just like to say thank you to any readers of this column who are fans of My European Tour and voted for me. It's very much appreciated.
One thing is for sure, if I can drive, hit approaches and putt like I did on the 18th hole at Doha Golf Club, then it will certainly help me in my efforts to tame the Monster this week. I'll try my best.