It was an early start this morning as I had a Saltire Energy golf day at Saadiyat Island with first tee time of 7 30am it was a 5 15am taxi up from Dubai , it was a gorgeous day with no wind and the course was again in fantastic condition, huge thanks to all the lads for making it as always great fun , Joe the pro from Pentagon Freight won and received a signed Afc top which he was chuffed with , Joe hit a lovely fade off the fourth tee to which I said nice shape joe his reply was its the only shape I've got , it was nice to catch up with Mike Loggie from Saltire Energy and gave us a chance to chat about the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie matchplay which were both very excited about its going to be a great week at the end of July.
Pretty much the same story hit it nice hit a lot of good putts that just slid past shot 71-1 with 32 putts , finished off strongly with birdies at 16 and 18 which is always good to finish an event like that
Flew to dubai at 5pm for this weeks omega dubai desert classic which is not an event I've ever done well in hopefully this year will be different
Hit it nicely the first ten holes and holed very little to be two under after birdies at the 9th and 10th but missed a tiny putt at eleven for par then hit awful 3 wood off 15th tee to make double bogey there , finished with another 73+1 which was harsh as hit it really good early on , I sent Andrew Locke a swing last night he said stance was to narrow and ball position slightly to far back which makes sense , was better today
Disappointing 73+1 this morning which was about right as hit a lot of poor iron shots mind you I hit 10 fairways and 13 greens , I took 5 more putts today also which doesn't help but hit loads of good putts that missed , the pins were tucked away today so scoring was a bit tougher
Shot 67-5 today with 5 birdies and no bogeys , the course is in excellent condition and probably the best I've ever seen it , there wasn't much wind today so scoring was good I tee off early tomorrow
It was pro am day today as this week is a Wednesday start as it has been for a few years now , I played with the St Regis hotel team who were good fun , it was a very early start of 06 40am and a pretty cool temperature but still warmer than back home The course as always is in immaculate condition and probably the best I've ever seen it presented
I was suppose to be playing at Saadiyat Island yesterday in a saltire energy golf day but it was really windy with heavy showers so we rescheduled it for next Monday as I didn't think the guests would enjoy it enough , I flew to Doha at 3pm with Qatar airways
Went to the turn in 33-3 today which was good but shot 36 (lvl) on back nine which included God knows how many missed birdie chances !! But 69 was still ok and jumped me up to 20th overall , this week has been another step forward and I'm starting to feel the confidence coming back which is good , congratulations to Gary stal but still can't get my head around Martin kaymer blowing a ten shot lead quite incredible but that's professional sport you never know what's going to happen , I have a company day tomorrow for saltire energy at Saadiyat Island which is always a fun day
It was another beautiful day with very little wind and a nice temperature , I shot 67-5 which included 8 birdies 1 bogey and a double bogey , again I drove the ball extremely well apart from 1 tee shot well right off the 8th tee , I felt I was standing a little to far away from the ball with the putter yesterday so tried to feel closer which felt much better as I rolled it pure today long may it continue #caledonia
I teed off at 8 10am this morning from the tenth tee was out in 35-1 ( hit it lovely missed a lot ) came back in 38+2 ( hit it iffy missed a lot ) so for those that can count ( joke ) that's 73+1 , overall should have been a few less today but that's golf some you get some you don't , it's still early season and after last year the goal at the moment is to feel my way back and build confidence which making cuts will do for me , I actually feel pretty good as hit a load of really good shots first two days and hit some good putts that missed so it's ok
I teed off at 12 30pm today with Darren Clarke and Robert Karlsson which was a good draw for me as I've known Darren and Robert for a long time and get on great with them both , I hit it really solid all day and holed a few putts on the back nine to shoot 68-4 which with the wind picking up slightly later in the day was a decent effort , the course as always is in immaculate condition
Saturday and Sunday were pretty similar, I struggled to hit fairways which makes it really difficult to get it close enough to the hole to make birdies. 55th equal is a little disappointing but its my first tour event since October's Portugal Masters so to make all four rounds was actually decent. I fly to Dubai with Emirates tonight then I plan to have a day off tomorrow before a full day on the range on Tuesday.
I hit it a little better off the tee today but still very poor with quite a few world missers both right and left. After putting lovely yesterday (27) it was opposite today (33) which was a pity as it felt great to roll a few in. I made the cut on the mark at +2 so it will be good to get 4 rounds under my belt.
Really struggled off the tee today so 71-1 was a good effort especially as I bogeyed 2 of last 3 holes , the rough this week is brutal and to be honest a bit silly but it's the same for everyone , I hit balls on the range after my round and hit it lovely of course just need to keep changeover smooth as felt a bit quick today but under par round there driving it sideways was a good day
I arrived into Johannesburg on Monday morning early for this weeks South African open , this is the start of my 24th year on tour , the pro am this week was on Tuesday which is odd but makes no difference I suppose , we played with three great guys who all work for the official hotel this week the emporers palace
Marian, Craig and Michael flew out to Abu Dhabi and I got a taxi from Dubai as we stayed at the St Regis for our annual holiday. We had ten days which was very nice again. The boys and I played 9 holes pretty much every day with Craig winning this year by 1 shot from me with Michael another shot behind. We played Saadiyat IslandGolf Course which I've played before and is very nice indeed. Director of Golf Paul Booth and his staff looked after us very well with the course in superb condition. The weather has been fantastic and we've all had a Great time. It's my birthday today - 46 years young - oh how the years are starting to go!!!!!
My caddie Davy Kenny and I flew to dubai on Wednesday morning to get some work done prior to the start of our season in a few weeks time , we hit balls in the mornings then played every afternoon either at jumeira golf estates or the Emirates golf club , both facilities looked after us very well and couldn't do enough for us , the weather has been magnificent and my game has been very good so it has been a good idea to get away and play some golf
I flew to Portugal on Tuesday afternoon as we invited 11 other pros to take part in a 36 hole event at pestana vila sol which was very nice and the course was in good condition , our foundation paid everyone's expenses and put up a small prize fund , I felt it was a perfect time for us to take away some guys to play a competitive tournament , we had a practice round on the Wednesday then played 18 holes each day on Thursday and Friday , we had a good mix of young and experienced pros with everyone having a great time
I was down in Manchester yesterday at the pga north region lunch , I took part in a Q&A for the guests which was good fun,
I hit balls at PLGC this morning then went to pittodrie with young Michael to watch aberdeen win 3-0 against a pretty poor Hamilton on the day , we played very well in the second half and could easily have scored a few more goals
I played at Buckpool this morning in the North East alliance which was a little cold first thing but again really nice , I hit it really good again and shot 64-6 which was nice , I played with foundation manager Michael Macdougall and my oldest loon Craig who did well to shoot 70 after being +4 after 8 holes , Buckpool was in fantastic condition for this time of year, today will probably be my last alliance of the season as I start my tour campaign in early January, massive thanks to the two Davy's who run the alliance and do a very good job for everyone
We have recently taken back the coffee shop at PLGC and have re named it Clarets coffee shop many thanks to d2 marketing who designed our new logo