Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai were the first 3 events of 2017 for Howller and myself. After a long break, 3 Months all bar 1 week I was ready to get back on the road and to the sunshine. I have to say the Middle east is a very nice place and the events are ran to the highest quality so with this in mind I was looking forward to getting going again. Our first round in Abu Dhabi didn't quite go to plan carding a 1 over par 73 and with the cut looking like it was going to be around the -2 mark we new we had to come out Friday morning with a round in the 60's in mind. 18th tee of the 2nd round we are -2 for the round and -1 for the tournament, with the par 5 18th ahead of us a must birdie was needed to make the cut, a decent drive and 3 wood pin high in the left semi left a 20 yard chip, Dave didn't play a bad shot which ran up to around 5 feet which in my eyes is a given for Howller being a brilliant putter that he is, but unfortunately it missed on the left edge and we both new it was going to miss the cut by a shot, GUTTED was an understatement. No one likes missing a cut but its even worse when your on a 3 week trip away. So a weekend on the beach before heading to Qatar. The next 2 events, The Qatar Masters and The Dubai Dessert Classic did not go well again missing the cuts, we put this period of bad form down to being a little rusty. One thing i would like to mention is about my trip from Qatar to Dubai, Sunday afternoon me and my room mate Jamie got in a UBER from the Rotana Hotel to the airport, we got dropped off and we went through security and found a bar to have a couple of beers before we boarded the flight to Dubai. It was time to board so i asked for the bill and reached into my bag for my wallet. After 5 minutes of turning my bag upside down I had realised i had lost my wallet between the hotel and airport bar. I can't tell you the felling you have when you lose everything in a foreign country especially with 1 week left and no cash or cards, what a nightmare. So we boarded the flight and flew to Dubai, i have to say it was the longest hour on a flight ever. When i landed in Dubai i turned my phone on to a missed call from a Middle East number and a voicemail to call Anthony. So i rang and unbelievably it was the Uber car driver, he had not only found my wallet in the car but he drove it back to the hotel, laid out all the money in my wallet, £300 english and £150 in dirhams on the desk and took photos of the guy he had handed it back too on reception to prove to me he hadn't touched any of the contents and to show me the amounts he had handed back to the Rotana hotel. That man deserves a medal, i tried to offer him some money for his honesty and kindness but the gentleman would not take a penny. I finally managed to arrange for my wallet to be DHL back home and i now have it safe and sound.
So 2 weeks at home and then back on the road to South Africa and then India.