Playing the saxophone, a revolutionary new diet and flying economy. WGC-Mexico Championship debutant Dylan Frittelli writes this week's Player Blog from Mexico.
Had a wonderful evening with my man Ron at the @texaslonghorns @texas_longhorns_basketball game last night 🏀 ~~ After less than 24 hours in town, I was supporting my Horns🤘🏼 🐂 ~~ Now for some #NYE celebrations in the best city in the world 🍾🍾🍾 ~~ #FloorSeats #MoBamba #longhorns #texasathletics #texaslonghorns #austin #austintx #ATX #Texas
I’ve always found myself prudent with my finances due to necessity. Growing up in South Africa, in a middle-class household, where my mother was a teacher and my father sold insurance, I was very aware of my parents supporting my sister and I. They gave us everything, but I realised what a strain it put on them. Growing up and being self-aware of their financial commitment resulted in me always looking after the money I had. I didn’t need the latest equipment or new balls. That carried to college at Texas where I was on a golf scholarship.
Winning the European Tour Graduate of the Year was a huge honour. I started the year outside the Top 150 in the World Rankings, but as anyone out here will tell you, you figure you can compete anywhere. I also wasn’t a rookie in that I had played approximately 40 times on the European Tour before the season started via the Challenge Tour and co-sanctioned Sunshine Tour events.
I definitely found that transition up to the European Tour a challenging one, but once I began competing out there I began to feel more comfortable. That said, I feel that I have some areas I can improve upon. I was very inconsistent with too many missed cuts and poor performances in the big Rolex Series events last year.
Now after a really good start to the year, making the cut in my last six starts and at a career best 44 in the Official World Golf rankings, I’ll definitely be looking to manage my schedule to try and improve this for the 2018 Race to Dubai season.
I drew some criticism for using a compass during my winning final round at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. My caddie and I were using it all week to gauge the direction of the wind. There was a lot of reaction on social media from fans that questioned the legitimacy and ruling of using a compass in round. I recall purposely using the compass away from my ball to avoid any potential criticism that would suggest I was using the compass as an alignment tool or spirit-level!
Looking ahead to this week I'll be again wearing my Nike’s Solar Sleeves, something that I adopted after seeing athletes in basketball and American football try them. Closer to home Aaron Rai was using them on the Challenge Tour. I instantly loved how athletic they made me feel while playing. I guess it’s now become a bit of a trademark of mine! There are many benefits; sweat-management, cooling and heating and also sun protection (it also helps to save the cost of sun cream) which will help this week in Mexico!
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