It’s been a busy few weeks since my last blog post. The 2014-2015 PGA TOUR season kicked off at the Frys.com Open in Napa, I went on a golf trip with family and friends, hosted the annual Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, announced a new partnership with Bayer (Aleve) and spent time with my wife and daughters.
Opening the season at the Frys.com Open two weeks ago I was happy with my overall performance. Recently, I’ve started working with a new coach – Martin Ayers, who has been a great addition and asset to the growth of my game. In order to put myself in the best physical and mental position to compete, Martin and I agreed that it would be good to take a few weeks off and get dialed in before heading back out on tour.
Martin is a wonderful guy with a sharp eye. We are really focusing on making things simple where I can self-correct errors and play with more confidence. It’s amazing how so much of the golf swing comes back to basic fundamentals – things like alignment and aiming properly. Martin has given me a few drills to improve these fundamentals and I’ve been doing them on my own back home.
My next start on the PGA TOUR will be at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia from October 28th to November 2nd. The CIMB Classis is a big event with a great field, so I was thrilled when I received a spot. I’ve played in Asia throughout my career, even when I was first starting out as a professional. One of the best perks about being a golfer is the ability to travel the world and experience new countries and cultures. That’s something that never gets old. The rest of my fall schedule will depend on how I feel after the CIMB Classic. I may play a few more events or continue working with Martin until the New Year.
Prior to the start of the new season, I went to Bandon Dunes with my brothers, father and a few friends. It was the perfect guys’ golf trip. We played a lot of golf and had a lot of laughs. The courses there are spectacular and the entire operation is world-class. The best part about Bandon Dunes is that the courses are suitable to all levels of play which is hard to come by these days. It was great that everyone who came enjoyed the courses at the same level, it was just a matter of playing the right tees.
In September, I was thrilled to once again host the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids. This year the event was held at the Edmonton Country Club where all the staff and volunteers put on remarkable show.
The event had a Caddyshack theme where everyone came dressed in their best outfits from the iconic golf movie. I really had fun with my outfit and even created my own Al Czervik golf bag, complete with TV, draft tap and telephone!
Everyone had a ton of fun over the two days and best of all, we raised about $700,000 that will help the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Thanks again to everyone in Edmonton for the great time!
Also, this past week I was in Toronto to officially announce my newest partnership. I’m proud to be working with Aleve and the Arthritis Society.
As many of you may know, after accidentally hitting a tree root a few years ago and undergoing subsequent surgery, I developed a little arthritis in my elbow. To be able to play golf pain-free, I’ve had to learn how to manage the discomfort and found that Aleve did a great job reducing the swelling and inflammation. I can take one Aleve in the morning and be good for the day. Having an Aleve bottle in my golf bag is a must.
I’ve also come to learn that there are several other Canadians who are affected by Arthritis. In fact, 4.6 million Canadians suffer with the joint disorder. I am fortune that I only have a mild case of Arthritis, but there are so many Canadians who are greatly impacted. My Mother suffers with Arthritis and I have seen first-hand the limitations it puts on her, forcing her to miss out on doing the things she loves such as gardening due to the pain.
I’m really looking forward to working with both these groups and helping bring awareness to Arthritis and how there are ways to treat the disorder.
As always, thanks for your support.