The European Tour is in Abu Dhabi this week with the world no1 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods leading the list of top golfers taking part. I will be there!
This week throws up many interesting talking points, how will Rory play with his new Nike clubs & will the weight of his huge contract in the bag weigh him down. Will he continue where he left of last year, or will it take time to get comfortable with the new equipment. Can he win it this year?
How will Tiger start his 2013 season, will he raise his game to the level he was before or is that era of Tigers career over for good, this should give us an indication of where he is with his golf game.
I believe Tiger will never perform at that level again, can anyone perform at that level and dominate golf like he did? No!
For me too much has happened, too much baggage, before he had the aura of invincibility, when he was in the lead he won, now players see he is very beatable, his aura has gone , his performance level of before has dropped a few notches, the young power players are coming and they are winning when he plays.
Let me add the Tiger we see now is a superb player, and you cannot expect him to play at the level he was throughout his whole career, winning wise he is in a big dip, last year he came back to winning tournaments, but no majors again, so with any top athlete the longer they go without winning the big ones, it will only get harder. If he does not win a Major this season, I believe his major tally will stay at fourteen.
Tigers goal is to win & especially win the Majors, so this is a great warm up for him to test his game before playing his first event on the US Tour at Torrey Pines.
Justin Rose & Jason Dufner are also playing this week, so is Ernie Els, its a very strong field and while everyone is talking about Rory & Tiger think back to last years champion Robert Rock,, who saw that win coming!
Then we have Paul McGinley the new Ryder Cup captain for 2014 being announced in Abu Dhabi, a very good appointment, the players wanted him and he will go up against US captain Tom Watson,
I wish him and the team every success in 2014 at Gleneagles.
I will keep you informed of events while I am at the HSBC tour event in Abu Dhabi
If you cannot be there watch on Sky Sports golf!
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
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