We were up at Skibo Castle for a couple of days for our annual PLF pairs event, we had 14 pairs who played golf with quite a few wives and partners joining us for dinner in the evening. Skibo Castle was again magnificent would be hard to think of a nicer place anywhere in the world to spend time , this year our special guest was Gordon strachan who played golf then entertained everyone with a very funny Q&A after dinner , massive thanks to everyone who played and of course everyone at Skibo Castle as well as foundation manager Michael MacDougall for looking after us all
Disappointing 73+1 this afternoon , hit it pretty much the same but made a few stupid mistakes and just couldn't get the ball in the hole when I had chances , overall after 3 weeks off t29 is decent , home tonight then next week off where I will be up at Skibo Castle for our annual Skibo pairs event raising money for PL Foundation.
Shot 69 (-3) today. Again drove it really good hitting 11/14 fairways and was probably the best I have rolled the ball with the putter for a long time , probably could have been a few shots less as hit so many good putts that slid by the hole but overall it was another decent day. We had a few showers and it was overcast all day but again pretty warm.
Congrats to our Michael on defending his Deeside Junior Championship today, winning the final 1up against Dylan Smith.
Hit it really nice this afternoon 11/14 fairways and 15/18 greens but struggled to score, ending up with 71-1 to be -5 overall. It was a lovely afternoon with just a wee breeze and pretty hot , the only shot I hit off line came at 18 with 3 wood second shot which resulted in a bogey 6 which is a pity but it has still been much better this week
Teed off at 8 20am this morning with Peter Hanson and Tyrrell Hatton from the 10th tee , it was a beautiful calm morning ideal for scoring. I hit it ok and rolled it nicely to shoot 68-4 which was decent as course is maybe a shot or two harder than the last time we played here , the greens are pure so scoring will still be very good. It was nice to see young Tyrrell play at a decent pace it's not something we see very often these days
I was up at the course today firstly to hit some balls then chip and putt for ages , as with all BMW events the facilities are excellent this week
Myself and 2 other Caledonia Ambassadors had photos taken on the putting green this afternoon which was a good laugh
On Sunday night we had a beautiful meal at moonfish restaurant with the Reids and the Morrisons, which we all bought at the Charlie house dinner a few months ago. It was the first time we had been there we will defo be going back food was excellent
I flew to Frankfurt at 05 30am yesterday morning to play golf with Claus ( Mr caledonia ) Robbie and now on my way to this weeks BMW international, we played at Frankfurt golf club which was very nice indeed. It was good to see Claus and the boys
I was up at Nairn golf club today to play with some invited juniors as part of our PLF north programme , I played 6 holes with each group then did a Q&A over lunch , thanks to everyone at Nairn golf club for looking after us so well , it's always something I really enjoy when I get the chance to play with kids and pass on some stuff I've learned over the years
I had a lovely day off yesterday which was nice then today I played at Loch Lomond with Michael Macdougall and my caddie Davy Kenny , we teed off at 11am the course was in magnificent condition especially the greens , I continued on from Sunday by hitting it and putting lovely to shoot -6
I had a golf day at PLGC today for Walker Technical who bought it at the auction of the Aberdeen Oilmans Golf aAsociation tournament at Gleneagles last year. The money goes to the Foundation, which is really good , we all had a good laugh as was very relaxed. We played a Texas scramble format which worked well on the par 3 layout , I gave a clinic in the morning then played 2 holes with each group , thanks to Willie Rennie for buying it at auction
This weekend couldn't have gone any better - the weather was pretty good with everyone loving the format and the course , I shot 55 (+1 )yesterday to be 6 shots behind Stevie Gray and Michael Stewart. I got off to a lovely start this morning with birdies at the first three holes playing the first nine in 22 (-5) then had it -10 with two to play but a pulled tee shot at 17 and a blocked 6 iron at 18 meant I finished bogey , bogey which was disappointing but still a nice 46-8 which was good enough for a play off with Greg Mcbain. We both parred the first extra hole then I birdied the second to win it , massive thanks to all the competitors , staff at PLGC and Clarets for all their hard work , also Michael Macdougall for running a very smooth event
SGU Boys Area Team Championships
Saturday morning Michael and I picked up Sam Locke from his house to drive down to Tulliallan for this weekend's boys area team championships , it's a 4 player team of Michael , Sam , Calvin Cheyne and Callum Bruce. North East have been runners up the last two years but never really contended this time but it's all really good experience for them all , the course / food and organisation were all first class
PLF Scottish Schools Golf Campionships
We drove to Murrayshall from Tulliallan on Sunday night as both Sam and Michael were playing 36 holes inthe Foundation sponsored Scottish schools event , they both shot +4 total to finish in a tie for 8th , after playing 36 holes on Sunday then 36 at murrayshall I assume the boys are pretty tired , huge thanks to everyone involved in the event which was again all very well run and organised.
I was at murcar links this morning to play a few holes and walk a few with Mike Stewart who will be our Tournament Director from the European Tour. It was ideal to chat to Mike to get his thoughts on tee positions etc and gave me a chance to put over my thoughts. The course is looking really good and will be a perfect venue for a matchplay event. I have been working hard on my short game this week as my stats have been pretty poor lately which is odd but I have been missing more greens than normal which means more chipping and pitching
Got off to a decent start (-1 after 7 holes) having missed a few chances, stupid bogey at 8th then only shot off line off 9th tee meant another bogey to turn in +1. 3 putts at 10 (No shock there!), birdie at 12 but made very stupid double at 15 meant it was uphill struggle. Then pull hooked 3 wood off 16 into bushes, take 5 shots to reach green, then another 3 whack for an 8 (lovely jubly).
Hit it much better today but short-game and putting horrendous yet again. Short game been poor which is strange so need to change that. Hit a lot of fairways this week considering the conditions but iron shots and short game very poor.
Royal County Down is very good but too many blind shots to be great IMO but its very good and I enjoyed the course. As always the Irish fans came out to support all the players, as they always do. Huge thanks to Dubai Duty Free and Rory Foundation who are doing a great job with the event.
Teed off from the 10th at 8 30am this morning , it was breezy with some heavy showers all day , hit it pretty poor all day and with the difficult conditions 75+4 was about right. I drove it good again but hit so many poor iron shots again which made it tough to score. My left foot is again pretty sore which makes it tough to get through the shot properly so I didn't hit any balls after the round , I would think scoring will be high ish as it's not that easy to get it close.
Teed off at 9.10am with Dennis Taylor, Brendan Taylor and Pat Jennings which was really good fun and three nice guys. The course is very good but has a few blind shots/holes. Unfortunately, we got a bit of rain for the final 5 holes but apart from that it was a very enjoyable day. I play at 8.30am tomorrow with Paul McGinley & (yes, of course) Robert Karlsson - quite incredible how many times the Tour have paired us together recently
I was at The Nairn Golf Club this morning to launch PLF Highlands which we're all very excited about , we have four founding sponsors who are , the Cairngorm Group , The Nairn golf club , The clubhouse Hotel and Hawco Group , we have been assisted by Fraser Cromarty and will start off with some coaching and flag events for the younger ones and very quickly grow into much more.
I mentioned to Davy that my groin felt tight during our back 9 yesterday and when I woke up this morning it had gotten worse so didn't think it was worth risking it so decided to pull out and fly home.
Obviously I'm disappointed, as the BMW PGA is one of the biggest weeks of the year. Huge thanks to everyone involved with this week. It was brilliant as always.
Shot 79+7 drove it lovely 11/14 fairways but only 11 greens and 1/7 up-and-downs tells the story. Not sure why but short game was awful today which is odd as not something I struggle with. Our group put on the clock on 13th hole as one of my playing partners taking forever on every shot then ref arrives and he starts to hit it on the run as so many slow players do , so so frustrating and selfish but no surprise
I played in the 8am shotgun this morning with Peter Schmichael, Teddy Sheringham and Dan Walker, from the BBC. All three were good fun and pretty good golfers TBF. Davy and I were giving Dan grief about the Open at Lytham when he dropped Steve Stricker's putter into his bag while doing a piece which he took well but said he was mortified at the time. All three were really good lads.