I started golfing when I was 12 years old. I had a friend who’s family all played golf and they asked if I would come along and play. I got hooked instantly! No one in my family played and my mom and dad thought that the interest would fade away but I came home and asked for clubs and other equipment. After a while my dad started to play, he got tired to sit in the car and wait for me while I was “Only hitting one more bucket of range balls”.
I think I have a talent for the game but mostly I have a talent to constantly wanting to improve and get better. I love to practice and I love to compete and I think that is a talent too. Most important one needs to be mentally strong and I think I have proven that I have that skill.
I think I have a pretty good sense of humor, and I think that has taken me through some tough times. I’m also very detail oriented and that can be a very good thing but also very annoying (for the people who are around me). I have a great memory so don’t think that I will forget anything you said twenty years ago or so.
Well I have to say Öster by Stenson since I designed it! I have my own design firm and our first project is in Stockholm Sweden. I’m very pleased how the golf course turned out. There are so many golf courses that I have had the privilege to play, St. Andrews, Augusta, Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass etc. The Postage stamp at Troon is one fine hole, and since I won The Open there in 2016 it always has a special place in my heart.
That is a delicate question. There are many courses that I don’t like. One scenario is when a course just don’t suit your eye or your game. It can be a “good” course but for some reason it just doesn’t suit you at all. There are for sure some courses that I don’t like but I think I’ll pass on that question so I don’t step on anyone’s toe….
Not really. I usually arrive at the course a couple of hours before my tee time and I see my physio, do my warm up routine, putting green, range, short game practice and I usually hit a few putts just before I tee off. I never play on golf balls with number four on tournament days. I use those during practice rounds.
With my family. I travel so much and have done so for more than 20 years so it’s luxury to be able to sleep in my own bed, helping the kids with their homework and watch one of my kids play a soccer game. When we have some time off in Sweden in the summer we go out on our boat for a few days, that is the best vacation I can ever have!
We do not really have an off season anymore but before important tournaments my coaches usually visit me at Lake Nona where we can work hard together to be as prepared as possible going in to an event. They also come out to a lot of the tournaments where we can continue that work. I also spend many hours on my physic and we have a great Gym at Lake Nona where I have spent many hours. I also do cardio by running and riding my bike.
There is only one: WORK HARD
If you are referring to my clothes, I would say that Hugo Boss is sending me the best looking golf clothes in the industry. Comfortable, stylish and I always feel well dressed on course. That is more important than one might think.
Smart casual. A nice suit with a t-shirt and sneakers is always a winning style.
A Hugo Boss hoodie and soft shorts, my dress code when I’m at home.