I never enjoy myself more when I am on the golf course in America than when I am in the company of Davis Love 111. It was a pleasure to practice for 18 holes with Davis on Tuesday and we had a lot of fun, chatting about the Ryder Cup and cigars and all the other things we have in common.
In fact, we decided if we both got the chance to become Ryder Cup captains at some stage, we would want to do it together. We agreed if we did that we would share a buggy, smoke a Monte Cristo No.2 and let our vice captains take care of business. Davis is definitely one of the good guys and probably my best friend among the Americans.
I just did the back nine yesterday along with Aussie Nick O'Hern and had the pleasure of a hole in one on the 12th. Not long after my nine iron made contact with the ball, my caddie Billy Foster shouted out: 'No, no, not today'.
My preparation has been aimed at getting to know the golf course as much as I could while trying to conserve as much energy as possible. This is going to be a very tough week both physically and mentally. The more I have played the course the more I have come to appreciate it. It is without doubt a magnificent test and I am sure the pictures being beamed back home will show people just how awesome this place is. I have now been able to play it in both wind directions, but no matter if it is flat calm for the four days - and there's not much chance of that - it will still be hard. It is definitely a par 77 course.
Keep your fingers crossed for me this week because we are all going to need as much luck as we can get.