What a delight to return to Firestone and not just because I'm the defending champion. This is one of my favourite courses anywhere and it's in magnificent condition as usual.
It was good to get here and have a day off yesterday although I'm looking for the guy who suggested I go to the cinema to watch 'I, Robot'. I was warned by a waiter in TGI Friday's not to waste my money going to watch it and it was advice I wish I'd taken.
It was back to work today and I practised with Lee Westwood, who spotted something with my swing which I hope will help me get back on track. I also wore a swing aid on my right arm and that seemed to help.
There are some courses that fit my eye better than others and this is definitely one and I always enjoy returning somewhere I'd done well at. Hopefully I can have as good a week as I did last year.
At the moment I'm still living down the shank I hit on hole 17 at
Whistling Straits in the third round. Quite a few players have had a go and it's been suggested that I should get some grooves built in the hosels of my irons to get the flight a little bit better.
Obviously there is already quite a lot of talk already about the Ryder Cup and it was good to see Jay Haas in the locker room yesterday so that I could congratulate him on his selection for the American Ryder Cup team.
It's a wonderful achievement for a 50-year-old, who qualifies for the Seniors Tour. I couldn't resist reminding him that he wouldn't be able to use a cart in the Ryder Cup and he'd be playing off the back tees and not the front ones. He took it all in good part.