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Q. What area of your game are you spending most time on at the moment? Golf Links Vacation, Twitter
A. I am currently spending the majority of my time on my putting.. I’m also spending a lot of the remaining time on my wedge play.
Q. How does your ambition change over the years after playing (and winning) the Ryder Cup and winning Majors? Diederik Sakkers, Twitter
A. Once you’ve played in a Ryder Cup or won a major it is obviously a peak in your career and you want more! After you have peaked once, a lot of focus on your game tends to revolve around this feeling – of wanting more.
Q. What's the best shot you have ever hit, and the most nervous you have ever been? Adam Morshead, Twitter
A. The best shot has to be my chip shot to the 72nd hole at Carnoustie in 2007 – because I hit a great shot after hitting two terrible shots. A good shot when you’re confidence is low feels better than a great shot when you’re confidence is high!
- The most nervous I have been has to be when hitting off the first tee in the Walker Cup 1991 at Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin. Or perhaps my opening tee shot at the Ryder Cup in 1999, at Brookline Golf Club in Boston
– I was so nervous I couldn’t see the golf ball!
Q. Did you think you'd blown it coming down 18 on the Sunday at Carnoustie? Andy Dean, Twitter
A. Yes I did. Not after my tee shot, but when I followed it up with another bad shot I thought I’d lost the Open. Thankfully, I managed to refocus and get back into the “zone”.
Q. Which is the most difficult hole you have played in the Open Championships you have contested? John Darby, Facebook
A. The most difficult hole I have played in the Open Championships has to be the 18th hole at Carnoustie. In fact it is by far the most difficult finishing hole in any major championship I have played.
Q. What the toughest golf rule that you had to understand when you started playing? Clueless in KL, Twitter
A. I do not feel that the golf rules are particularly tough or difficult to understand. When you start playing golf, the rules are very straightforward, for example when you’re in a water hazard.. When you first start playing, it is a question of simply being aware of the rules. It’s the decisions and interpretations of the rules which are quite complex.
Q. What three best tips in your golfing career stand out and can be used by most of us to get lower scores? Robert Weir, Facebook
A1- if you are serious about playing the game, it’s difficult to swing the club poorly from a good set up, but virtually impossible to have an orthodox swing with a poor set up.
A2- When practicing, a good strike is more important than the final finishing position of the ball
A3- You should be able to hold your finish for two seconds after hitting the ball.
Q. What would you say is the reason for your golf not being up to what it was when you were winning majors? Will Pennington, Twitter
I peaked when winning Majors and you can’t peak every week. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t peak again!
Q. How important is it to you to qualify for the Ryder Cup team this year? And do you think the new qualification criteria will strengthen the team? Andrew Byrne, Facebook
It will be very difficult to get a place on the European team - it will be an exceptionally strong team, with or without me. But of course, it is very important to me and I hope to be on the team.
The new qualification criteria will definitely strengthen the team - it will ensure that there are more higher world ranked players. Therefore you should get better players in terms of long term form, rather than short term performances.