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Reset to start afresh

HAPPY New Year, my friends. I hope that you guys had a merry Christmas and look forward to a happy New Year. It was a good three weeks for me as I took the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

It was a much needed break after a gruelling season. Yes, it was exhausting. A season like this is also very demanding, mentally and physically.

So I decided to take the time to reset. I started off the break doing nothing golf. I played badminton, I cooked, went shopping and played a bit of “mahjong”.

Christmas and my birthday were nice and we got a chance to catch up with family and friends.

During that time, I also worked on resetting my mind, to start afresh for 2022. It was a good break and I feel a lot better starting the year.

I am working on resetting my mind, to start afresh and to strengthen myself. And I am very happy with the progress. It took a while, but I’m finally feeling good again and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my new team and my family.

I started 2022 at the Singapore International Open and that was not too bad.

I think it’s awesome that there were eight Malaysians in the field and we all made the cut, despite some of us not having teed it up in a tournament for almost two years.

It was a fine event and the Tanah Merah course was in good shape – tough but good.

The wind, was something else but it was challenging and pretty fair to everyone. I didn’t play as well as I would have liked to but it’s getting there.

I would also like to thank all those involved in the Singapore International Open and the SMBC Singapore Open for making the tournaments happen and helping with all the entry protocols.

It was not easy with a tremendous amount of paperwork and all the difficulty in travel.

And this is just for Singapore, our neighbour country.

I believe the difficulty in travel will not ease off just yet and it will still be challenging and expensive to get from one country to another for some time to come.

The virus is hitting closer to home, affecting people we know and friends who are close to our hearts.

This goes to show that Covid-19 is still in our midst and it still has the upper hand. So, we can’t blame various countries for not being vigilant. I’ve had my booster shot but I think it’s still important for us to be careful. It doesn’t hurt to be cautious.

This week is the week of the SMBC Singapore Open and I have my brother Galven in the field. It should be fun as our sibling rivalry will come into play.

I’ve always loved the course here and I hope that I can bring some good golf to the fore.

Galven is fresh off the All Thailand Golf Tour Q-School where he finished T37th.

Last but not least, this will be the last column of Gav Talks. I would like to thank you for putting up with me and hope you enjoyed the articles. I am glad to have had the opportunity to share some of my experiences with you.

Meanwhile, stay safe, keep fit and play the next ball better.

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