Proving Weíre Not Old Lags - 11.11.04
|With just a little bit of luck and less jet lag, ISM could easily have had a 1-2-3 after the first round of the Taiheiyo Masters. |
Unfortunately Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell got just as tired as I was and lost shots in the closing holes. At least I managed to hang on to top spot and my stablemates are not far adrift so we may still be vying for honours come Sunday afternoon.
Iíd gone through a 14-hour time difference in just one day while Lee and Graeme were not still quite sure what day it was after travelling half way round the world.
There were plenty of birdies in my round, but what was more pleasing was the difference I was driving the ball - further than ever before. That was more down to a tip from my caddie than new technology.
Billy Foster advised me to take it wider inside on the back swing and it worked so hopefully Iíll be putting it out there more often for greater reward.
Itís been hectic off the course and I must have posed for about 7,346 photos at the volunteersí party last night, but I still had time for a massage from a 60-year-old Japanese guy whose name I canít pronounce, but who does everything with his feet rather than hands.
Letís hope heís treading in the magic formula.