I will be in Westchester, just outside New York, this weekend, but my build-up to The US Open will not prevent me thinking of events back home in Northern Ireland.
My friend Terrence McFaull, the honorary secretary at Bushfoot Golf Club in Portballintrae, will be hosting the McFaull Cup on Sunday June 13, in honour and in memory of his father Campbell.
About 160 people will be going round the delightful 9-hole course in a bid to lift the trophy and raise £1,000s towards cancer research.
It is an annual event and wonderfully organised by Terrence and his brother Derek and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that the rain stays away and everybody enjoys themselves. Knowing some of the guys as I do, Iím sure theyíll have a good time whatever the weather.
I hope the sweaters and shirts Iíve gladly donated for the auction will help raise record amounts for what is a very worthwhile charity.
Iím back on the road now after a little break following the PGA Championship at Wentworth. I managed a day at Headingley for the Second Test, but came away convinced that the one-day game is more my cup of tea.
Then my manager Chubby took me to Wigan to watch the Rugby League side defeat St.Helens and I was more than impressed at the speed these guys play at plus the bone-shuddering tackles they put in. Hearing the thuds was more than enough to convince me that I made the right decision in chosing golf.
Gaylord, one of ISMís associate companies in America, who handle the affairs of US Masters champion Phil Mickelson among others, fixed me up with a company day on my arrival in America. I spent a very agreeable time in Washington alongside Freddie Couples and Steve Flesch before moving on to Westchester where I met up with several clients of my sponsor Barclays Capital.
Things seem to be progressing well and Iím really looking forward to this summerís golf. Hopefully Iíll be able to get a few breaks and pick up a bit of silverware along the way.