Gulf News caught up with 29-year-old Dubai resident Adrian Meronk (Poland), who plays on the DP World Tour, while we interrupted his free time, vacationing in Thailand.
Sponsored by Dubai-based White Eagle Sport through compatriot Marta Biswas and her husband Subho, Adrian is now ranked 60th in the OWGR rankings and eighth in the DP World Tour rankings.
Gulf News: What was everyone’s reaction to your victory at the Horizon Irish Open on the DP World Tour?
Meronk: I received a great welcome in Ireland immediately after my victory, the Irish are very nice people. Then I traveled to Scotland for the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open, and for the first time I was recognized and everyone seemed to want a picture and a selfie with me. It also seems that there are still people who want autographs, which I accepted. I’ve always wondered what people do with autographs when they take them home.
The golfing community back home in Poland is small, I’ve barely been there since my win, I’m back on Tuesday this week so we’ll see what happens when I get there.
Gulf News: The Open was your last tournament. Are you still training and hitting balls since playing there?
Meronk: No! I decided to take a full month break after the Open. That means a “full” break with my clubs locked in with no ball hitting or any drills or even gym work.
I am now back to work on Tuesday with about 10 days of preparation: hitting golf balls and lots of gym work, ready for my return to the DP World Tour at the OMEGA European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Switzerland Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 August 2022.
Gulf News: How do you like Thailand and what do you do on vacation?
Meronk: I have been on vacation with my girlfriend for 10 days in Thailand on the island of Ko Samui.
We just chilled. We spent a lot of time on the beach, as well as a little more active activities both jet skiing and snorkeling. We also rented scooters to see the island. I am aware of the safety element as I am an elite athlete and health and fitness are paramount. But at the end of the day, we all have to have fun in life, which we have.
Gulf News: Now you are eighth in the DP World Tour rankings and number 60 in the OWGR, what are your short and long term golf plans?
Meronk: In the short term, we have some big tournaments coming up on the DP World Tour, especially the $8 million BMW PGA Championship, a Rolex Series event, in Wentworth, England, in a few weeks. Overall in life, I want to stay healthy and I have the ambition to enter the World Top 50 as soon as possible. This will ensure that I have more opportunities to play in the Majors. So far in my career, I have only played in two major tournaments: the US Open 2021 and last month’s Open at St Andrews. I intend to add to this file as soon as possible.
I also have the Ryder Cup in Italy in 2023 on my radar, becoming more of a global player and playing more on the PGA Tour with invitations etc.
Gulf News: As a resident of Dubai, when will you see yourself in Dubai again?
Meronk: I will be back home in Dubai at the end of October. I will be playing the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in November.
I will return to Poland between Christmas and return to Dubai just after New Years, then I will participate in the Desert Swing events and be based there until the end of April, as it was my 2022 schedule.
Gulf News: Tell us about your partnership with Dubai-based Marta Biswas, her husband Subho and White Eagle Sport?
Meronk: Marta and Subho have been very supportive of me and are one of my main sponsors, with their White Eagle Sport logo on my clothes and golf bag. Marta being another Pole and all of us together in Dubai made our partnership a no-brainer.
It was very special that they followed me to Ireland when I won, those are special memories that I will always treasure.