So, the Panasonic Open in India ended differently than I would have liked it to. After being tied for second through two rounds, I shot 74, 71 on the weekend to fall to 10th place. Although it’s never bad finishing in the top 10, it is always frustrating when you know you let one get away. I could elaborate on all my mistakes and carry on and on about what should have been better but then I would just sound like another whining golfer. So I’ll just say this: Learning from mistakes and using what you’ve learned to perform better the next time around is the key to everything. Next time I’m in a similar position I expect to be holding the trophy and a bottle of champagne instead of writing a blog about what went wrong. Until then, I’m stuck writing.
At the moment, I’m flying from New Delhi, India to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. One of the perks of traveling so much is I have amazing status with the airlines which is why I’m sitting in a first class seat right now after purchasing a coach ticket. If you flew 130,000 miles last year you would be sitting up front with me too! I’ll be in Kuala Lampur in a few hours for the Maybank Malaysian Open. It’s going to be an exciting week. Three of the last four major champions, Louis Oosthuizen, world number one Martin Kaymer and newly crowned masters champion Charl Schwartzel are all playing, along with Rory McIlroy and some other big names. It’s always fun competing against the best players in the world. Your focus is still one hundred percent on playing your game, but you can’t help being aware of how you stack up to the the guys at the top. There’s also a lot you can learn from playing alongside some bigger names. Usually it has nothing to do with their game, it’s more about how they carry themselves, deal with certain situations, and own everything they’re doing – All good stuff that I’m working on myself. From what I’ve heard of the course, it should be a good test. Scorching hot and humid temperatures along with the unpredictable winds in KL will make things interesting. Three days of solid preparation with my caddie, Elango, and I’ll be ready to roll Thursday. Follow the action on http://www.asiantour.com or http://www.europeantour.com and follow my Twitter feed for daily updates.
Lastly, I have a favor to ask. To everyone reading my blogs, can you email me suggestions about what you like and don’t like hearing about? This is all new to me, so I’d like to hear your opinions. Would you like more golf talk? Would you like more off the course travel stuff? I have so much I can talk about that I’d like to know specifically what everyone likes hearing about. Email your comments to me at Info@benfoxgolf.com. Thanks for the help,