It has been just a year now that we have started the programming of CaddiePlayer application. It all started in Sanya Tropical Holiday City on the Hainan Island in the China South Sea. After my putting research was publish in the Journal of Golf Science I was invited as a guest at Yalong Bay golf Course to launch my World Premier Putting Maser Classes .
As a foreigner in China you often end up in the local foreigner "Lo Vay" Bar and Sanya is no exception. So if you plan a trip to Sanya do not miss "The Dolphins" bar in Dadonghai area. They have great food, pool table and multiple Sports Screen with life music on the wkd. This is where I met Matt a Web Developer/Programmer from USA. Matt not only found a great spot to leave and work but also find his wife a Chinese Pro surfer.
Matt and I spend countless hours on defining what and how CaddiePlayer should work/be and thanks to his understanding and sense of IT, Golf and more Athletes stuff he could deliver what I had imagine. After 6 months of trial and testing we could officially launch CaddiePlayer in June 2013 and since witness many success.
CaddiePlayer community is growing well and more importantly successfully, currently 80 register, among them Top Players, Caddies, Coaches and not to forget Amateurs who make the game what it is. As CaddiePlayer is growing new demands are coming so I decided to make it back to Sanya and spend sometimes with Matt. We spotted about 50 improvements that was made possible and many more to come.
Yes it’s all about improvements, trying to do better all the time. Thanks to all for making CaddiePlayer what it is today!
Stéphane, the researcher this week at the Ladies World Championship in Mission Hills Haikou
Matt in front of his multiple screens to make mutliple tasks and build CaddiePlayer as it is today
What a Sunday Golf it was... as simultaneously 3 players were trying to win there first PGA tour event, William McGirt on the PGATOUR leading by 2 after 54 holes, Emiliano Grillo on the European TOUR leading by 2 after 54 holes and Karine Icher and the LPGA TOUR tie for the lead after 65 holes... They unfortunatly lost the tournament on Sunday (McGirt 73 tie for 6th, Grillo 73 tie for 5th and Icher 71 tie for 3rd) but might have won a lesson on Monday!
Here is one lesson they might learn: 'You need to lose before you can win', Rory McIlroy tells Adam Scott. FORMER world No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy has backed Adam Scott to bounce back fast from his British Open championship collapse, much in the same manner the Northern Irishman did.
McIlroy famously let a four-shot lead slip in the 2011 Masters with a final-round 80 but annihilated the field at the following US Open to win by eight shots. Scott looked certain to grab his first major championship when he led the British Open this month by four with four to play, only to close with four straight bogeys to lose to Ernie Els by a shot.
"You need to lose before you can win," McIlroy said in Ohio as he ironically looks to unseat Scott as the defending champion at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. "You need to learn how to handle that. I'm sure he knows what he's done wrong, and I'm sure that when he gets himself in that position again, that he'll do the right thing."
McIlroy sent Scott a text message immediately after the collapse, telling him to remain positive.
"I sort of felt like I knew how he was feeling," he said. "I just said to him, 'don't let the last four holes hide the fact that you played better than everyone else for the first 68'. "It's a tough loss . . . you think it's the only chance you're ever going to get, and your whole world came crashing down. But in reality, Adam is such a great player he is going to have plenty of chances to win major championships. "Former world No 1 and Scott's childhood idol Greg Norman agreed, saying the collapse will serve as a catalyst for future success. He said such collapses were commonplace in golf and it was only the enormity of the occasion that made his stand out.
"There is not a player on this planet who hasn't done that," Norman said in London. "When you put yourself up there in that upper echelon, you're going to get those things happening to you. Embrace them. Embrace the adversity of life and learn about how you can improve on them in any way you can." Source from > AAP
Grillo leading by 2 starting with a 9, and 43 front nine then back nine 30 finishing with 5 birdies in a row!
I do not have the word to describe my current feelings as for what just happen this week in Dubai Desert Classic 25th anniversary its just a unbelievable but true story and a amazing achievement for Emiliano Grillio but also for CaddiePlayer and my putting research.
After only 3 weeks of introducing the CaddiePlayer application to Emiliano Grillo entourage (Thanks to his girl friend Maria for connecting and more) + some personal input/advice/suggestions on putting. Emiliano Grillo after a brilliant last round 66 thanks to the shot of the day, a 20 meters putt for eagle on the last hole of the Dubai Desert Classic 25th anniversary (Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllory in the field), brought Emiliano as the club house leader until he was caught by defending champion Gallacher who birdie 17th to win his consecutive Desert Classic.
This is Emiliano best achievement to date as a Pro and for my science/findings another success!
As I had to fligh to Shanghai on Saturday I followed the last intense stretch of Emiliano in front of my mobile phone! Thanks to the European Tour Mobile Application and congratulations to Emiliano Grillio second place that propulse him from 119th to 17th at the race to Dubai and from 268 to 145 at the world ranking! > listen to Emiliano Interview
Congratulations to CaddiePlayer Danny Sharp with a top 5 in Qatar Masters!
I met Danny Sharp back in the mid 80's in Royal Oak Country Club Titusville Florida. In that time winter home of the Canadian PGA so called Royal Oak was the perfect place to practice. A great course, a great atmosphere and just great time. About 100 Canadian Professionals would spend their winter there practicing and every Wednesday we could participate in Pro-Pro event and on the weekend mini-tour.
Royal Oak was also talk about because it was as well the winter home of the Legendary Moe Norman that I was fortunate to be close too. Moe was not only a genius golfer (In the Hank Haney book the "Big Miss" you will find out that Hank was inspire by Moe to improve Tiger Woods grip) but also a genius man that would always challenge your thoughts. I believe to have gone to Titusville about 10 winters and also brought my fellow Swiss PGA apprentice there.
In the 90's with my touring pro hope gone and some other issue I stoped visiting Royal Oak, Danny and I lost contacts. Its only 20 years later during the 2012 Shanghai Master that I cross again Danny not as a Player but as a Caddie for Thomas Aiken.... I did not see Danny for 20 years but as soon I saw his face I knew he was familiar. It’s always nice to re-connect time with people you lost track with, as in one look flash back come instantly. What our brain can store!
Since, Danny and I have kept close contact. Danny is an extraordinary Caddie, one because he manages to caddie for 2 Top Players on 2 Tours (European Tour Thomas Aiken and LPGA Lorie Kane) but also manage to do it with such a peaceful pace. The past 2 years we have been exchanging a lot of informations not only online but also on China, Dubai and Switzerland ground. I am honored that such a great caddie got interest about CaddiePlayer, its findings and can lead others. More news about Danny
See you soon Pal Danny
Me and Danny at the Race to Dubai 2013