The Australian Masters this year has moved back to Kingston Heath, one of the premier sandbelt courses in Melbourne. I have never played here before so it has been nice to spend a few days out there on course.
In true Melbourne fashion, I was on the putting green on Monday and it was blowing an absolute gail from the north. Whilst putting it all of a sudden got a little cooler and the wind switched completely to the opposite direction, coming from the south. Unbelievable that it was now complete opposite and that was how it stayed. The practice range was now playing straight into the wind and to give you an idea of the strength of the wind I was hitting 6 iron and just getting it to go around 120m when I normally hit it around 155m with that club.
The golf course itself is quality. It has all the shots and a bit of everything, blind tee shots, blind shots to greens, double greens, fast greens, quality fairways and superb contouring and bunkering. So in a nut shell it probably deserves its ranking as number 2 in Australia. It isn't in my top 5 ranked courses I have played however as it is not visually pleasing to me and that is how I like to rank my courses. I love to have visually spectacular holes and although there is a couple, there is a lot that aren't. Still it is a great course.
I have been hitting the ball well on the back of the week in Japan last week. I am looking forward to the week and am expecting to play well. As always your tee shots and putting will be the critical parts of your game this week and that is all feeling really good so I have some confidence going into the week.
Catch up with everything from the tour as I let you know about the course, conditions and my thoughts and feelings on how I am playing.....also some cool stories from the tour!!