My time at the HSBC tournament in Abu Dhabi was superb, the course was tough, and in great condition, the greens were perfect and very fast, the weather was warm, sunny, and with a light breeze.
The organisation by HSBC was brilliant, there was something for everyone in the village and the staff were very helpful and friendly.
Everything was set for the two main contenders to show their talents, Rory and Tiger, but alas it was not to be .
Rory had the worst kept secret in golf , the Nike deal announced, he had new everything, driver, irons,wedges, putter,ball, shoes and clothing, he missed the cut!
This is why sport is so fascinating, nothing can be taken for granted, no matter who you are, every week its a new challenge, different players coming into form, others losing form.
Rory said the clubs were great, he was just rusty, I believe him, he was a bit rusty and he is a streaky player, when he is on his game he is amazing, when he is slightly off he finds it hard to keep a score going, although last season he really improved in that area of the game.
Rory did not hole anything on the greens, even when he went back to his trusty Scotty the ball would not drop.
He will be back very soon, its a long season, and he needs a bit more time to get his game on song.
This brings me to Tiger, he missed the cut too, had a two stroke penalty to miss the cut by one, he hung in there , but missed a lot of fairways.
It just shows that in the next tournament he plays in, his first on the US PGA tour, he wins by four !!
Ah sport you just never know, and that is what makes it so exciting.
This is why Tigers record over his career is truly amazing, all the variables of sport, yet Tiger just kept on beating everyone every season, we took it for granted, he didnt, he knew how much work it took , the dedication it took, and there are so many players on tour with that desire and dedication, who give it everything each week.
The difference is the special ingredient called, having unbelievable talent !!
2013 should be another great golfing season.
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
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