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Icons Made In Dubai
28 April 2015

Icons Made In Dubai I won\'t go into too much detail about the result apart from to congratulate my old friend Freddie Couples on piloting his Americans towards victory.

What a pleasure in Dubai last week to lead the Rest of the World against Team USA in the inaugural Icons Cup.

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I'm sure it's a competition which will grow ever more popular in years to come.

I won't go into too much detail about the result apart from to congratulate my old friend Freddie Couples on piloting his Americans towards victory.

Dubai is a sensational place to visit and they really do love their golf there.  The hospitality as ever was outstanding and all the various and obviously iconic sportsmen there have been fulsome in their appreciation and praise.

It capped off a particularly busy time for me both on and off the course because I have been finding out and getting to know all the nuances about what is entailed when being given the Ryder Cup captaincy.

There's plenty to learn about team golf's greatest competition, but I also have a day job and thankfully it has benefited from my involvement as European skipper.

My manager Chubby Chandler said before I was appointed that he felt it would probably do me good because I would have something else to think about other than trying to lay the club face on the ball myself.

And so it seems because I have been hitting the ball really well since the European Tour gave me their greatest honour.

Results may not quite have shown it yet, but once I can get the ball heading into the hole again I'm sure I'll see plenty of benefit.

Playing all four rounds at The Masters was a confidence booster, but as I've said before I'm not just out there to make up the numbers or qualify for the weekend action.   I still have the desire to win and I am sure it will not leave me.

Enjoying a few days off now at home, but there's another busy period coming up again.  This time I'm heading West instead of East for the Players Championship in Jacksonville although I'm not going the normal route.

I'm taking a little detour via Las Vegas because the temptation to witness what is undoubtedly the fight of the century was too much to turn down.

I'll be watching the Mayweather- Pacquiao contest live and I'm sure it will live up to all the hype.

Congratulations to two potential Ryder Cup players who both crossed the winning line ahead at the weekend.  My good friend Lee Westwood made it three wins out of three at the Indonesian Masters while Justin Rose produced a tremendous performance to win the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

I know the next Ryder Cup is a long way off, but it's always good to see Europeans triumphing and these two may well form part of the backbone of the side.

I'll also be keeping an eye on the WGC Cadillac Match Play this week in San Francisco where European Tour members form almost half the 64-man field.

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