It’s getting close to one of my favourite weeks of the year. There is nothing quite like the US Masters.
Augusta has always been looked on as the real start to the golfing season and what can’t be argued is that it is definitely the start of the major championships campaign for 2012.
I’ve been mixing business and pleasure recently because another of my favourite weeks – the National Hunt festival at Cheltenham – was followed by business meetings in London, Hong Kong and Dubai.
While in the Far East, I was able to take in a day at the Hong Kong Sevens... and what a day it was.
I’m more a rugby league fan than union, but thoroughly enjoyed watching the seven-a-side form of the normally 15-a-side game.
Back to golf and several of our players are tuning up for The Masters by playing the Shell Houston Open where I understand tournament director Steve Timms has done another great job putting on one of the city’s biggest shows.
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is among our representatives and I’m told he is peaking at just about the right time to have a run at keeping hold of the jacket that will otherwise have to be returned to the champions’ locker room after next week.
Charl has conducted himself with great class and dignity throughout his year and I won’t be the least bit surprised if he is right up there again this time after his four-birdie finish to win his first major last year.
Talking about class and dignity, I thought the players, fans and officials of Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur did a wonderful job dealing with the near-tragic accident which left Trotters’ Fabrice Muamba fighting for his life.
The highly-popular player appears to be making progress in his recovery from a situation where his heart stopped working on its own for two hours and I look forward to seeing him in a white shirt again.