Posted: 27th August 2012
Hi all, once again apologies for the lack of communication recently but it's been a busy time with one thing and another!
It was great teeing it up at Royal Lytham St Annes as defending champion for the Open Championship in July and obviously I was disappointed not to be there for the weekend. But the very well travelled Claret Jug was duly given back to be presented to the very worthy winner, Ernie Els, who put up a great performance.
Then it was holiday time and Alison and myself, along with Tyrone and Conor, went off to our home at Abaco in the Bahamas where we spent a fabulous fortnight relaxing, fishing, practising golf, and generally having a fantastic time.
However, all good things have to come to an end and we concluded our trip Stateside with the final major of the year, the USPGA at Kiawah Island. The weather was pretty outrageous to say the least so I was pretty pleased to finish eagle, birdie, par on Sunday to complete the tournament on six over par.
It was great to see Rory win his second major on 13 under par and David Lynn deserves a special mention for his brilliant second place finish.
We missed our flight home due to the weather delays on the course and spent a day shopping in Charlotte, which we all enjoyed!!
We got home just in time for my birthday so a few libations were taken down at the Bayview at Portballintrae and we had a great evening.
You'll all know by now that I'm one of Jose Maria Olazabal's vice captains for the European Ryder Cup team and join Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez, and I'm sure we can provide the back-up for Jose Maria to bring the golden chalice back home from Medinah.
My friendship with Jose Maria goes way back and I feel very honoured that he's asked me to part of operations. It'll be fantastic to be there and be part of it and I'll try to help in whatever way that I can. We have a great team and with the addition of Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts as the wild card picks I think we have a realistic chance.
So it's off to Switzerland for myself and Alison for the Omega European Masters in the picturesque alpine resort of Crans Montana at the Crans-sur-Sierre course and I'm looking forward to the week.
That's all I've got time for right now and I'll check in again soon. Cheers, Darren.
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