Jet-setting with the Formula One glitterati
THIS week's dispatch has the potential to be one of my finest, if only I were any good at this writing lark.
There is no struggling to deliver 500 words about my swing being off or missing putts.
Instead of that, I will fill you in on my last few days practising in Dubai on my way out here to Singapore for the Barclays Singapore Open – via the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
I flew out to Dubai last Friday to get a couple of days' warm-weather practice. Warm might be the wrong word to use. I'll go with boiling hot instead. Snowing back home, I hear?
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I practiced at Jumierah Golf Estates, where I'll be back to in a couple of weeks' time for the season ending Dubai World Championship.
The practice facilities at the far end of the driving range are the best I've ever used, and they couldn't make you feel more welcome. I love it.
I played nine holes with Dave Horsey on the Sunday morning before some wedge practice and short game in the afternoon then headed down to Abu Dhabi.
Bill Hill from GAC, one of my sponsors based in Dubai, had his yacht moored in the marina at Yas Island, where the Abu Dhabi GP is held.
I've never been to a grand prix before, but I'll be going back, I know that.
Watching on TV is good, but being there is a totally different experience. The noise is ridiculous.
You know when you go clubbing and come out with your ears ringing? Times that by 100 and that's the sort of noise, but a much better soundtrack in my opinion than clubbing!
I managed to wander around a fair bit of the track and get a feel for the speeds they hit when they go around corners and how fast the cars break. It really was awesome.
After my track day at Bedford Autodrome, I really fancied a crack at the real thing.
I thought about asking Ferrari to rip a seat out to squeeze me in for a couple of laps. One day, maybe.
I then met up with Paul Hembury from Pirelli Formula One, who has a season ticket alongside me at Ashton Gate.
He showed me around the paddock and I couldn't believe how busy it all was half-an-hour after the race has finished.
He said most teams would be there till around 2am packing up and moving on to the next race.
Half-an-hour after the golf tournament has finished, I'm gone.
From the race track, I went back to catch my flight from Dubai down to Singapore for this week's event.
The greens are pure and it's very humid. I don't seem able to drink enough.
I have a sponsor's company day here next Monday before flying up to Hong Kong for another great tournament. Let's have a decent push to the end of the season now.