On Wednesday and Thursday I was chaperoning players, waiting with them while they had lunch in the players lounge, accompanying them onto the driving range and putting green and hanging around the men's locker room as well as sitting in the studio with Dougie Donnelly and Sam Torrence. We're not allowed to take pictures when we're on the course, but this was away from the golf course and as you can see they more than willing to have them taken.
Sam Torrence and Dougie Donnelley in the background.
Thomas Detry from Belgium and certainly a player to look out for.
I like watching golf, we've attended this event many times and also been to Abu Dhabi and Sun City. But I'm not very knowledgeable on the players, I do know the big names and the older golfers on the tour. It was quite interesting to go looking for a player and not knowing what they looked like and waiting for the caddie to turn round so I could spot the name on the bib as they came off the 18th, it caused a bit of a laugh. 'Hi I'm Suzanne and you are?' These are some of the world's top golfers.
I knew who Sergio Garcia was.
Saturday was spent marshalling the 1st Tee from 7.40am till the last player tee's off at 12.40pm. This was my view.
The afternoon was spent on the approach to the 18th. I had to 'spot' a ball in the water hazard and whilst I was watching over Danny Willett's ball that went into the crowd, Matt Wallace's ball clattered into the stand. He gave me the ball afterwards and kindly posed for a selfie. I was a bit startled when he put his hand on my shoulder as you can probably tell.
I'm back at the golf today marshalling the 1st tee in the morning and covering the same spot on the 18th where the prize money for the DP World Tour Championship is a staggering $8 million and the Race Dubai's purse is $5 million shared between the top ten ranking players.
As I head off today Danny Willett from England and Patrick Reed from the US lead the tour at -14 under par.
I've met some amazing people this week from players, their wives, children and parents to those who run the events and work on the European Tour as well as the 200+ other volunteers who keep the event running from scoring, marshalling, welcoming guests, working with the media and probably a million and 1 other jobs I don't know about.
This is how the week finished