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.
Shot 70-2 this morning. Hit it really really good but 33 putts is at least 5 to many. I hit 12/14 fairways and 17/18 greens but couldn't get the ball in the hole , really not sure what happened yesterday as hit it sideways off the tee but today drove it superbly all day today. This week is really my first week back playing since end of jan as was ill in China where I shouldn't have played so a lot of positives and looking forward to a run of events
Shot 79 (+7). Drove it awful, only hit 7 greens in regulation and took 32 putts so I guess you could say I had a day to forget!!! But of course I hit balls on the range afterwards and ripped nearly every shot.
Looking forward to getting out there tomorrow to shoot a low one.
Quite a bit cooler this morning and for the front nine no wind , didn't do much wrong on my front nine but shot 39 +3 which included my first ever shank with a full shot , came back in -2 to shoot 73+1 which was harsh as played better than that but it is what it is I guess , the wind certainly picked up on our back nine and is forecasted to increase for the afternoon players I am handily placed after 36 holes and look forward to the weekend
Teed off at 1.40pm and it was very hot and humid with a strong breeze blowing. Shot 70 (-2) which was a good effort in the afternoon. Hit it nice and putted nicely without holing too much but rolled it very well. Course this week is an excellent lay out and in very good condition. We last played here 4 years ago when a Thomas Aiken won.
Delighted to announce a new event starting this year the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Scottish Par 3 Championship which will be played on June 13/14. Along with the other directors, I was keen to show the upgraded facilities at PLGC with so much work having been done by all the staff , we will have around 40 players who will play 36 holes for a prize fund of around 15k with the idea to build it steadily as we go
I fly to the Spanish Open today which will be the first of 3 events on the bounce which I'm really looking forward to
Had quite a busy day today , first meeting was a pic with Harvey Smith from H events who will be selling some hospitality packages for us at Saltire Energy PL matchplay Then we had pic with guys from visit scotland as we are now a Visit Scotland 5 star Activity Centre which is brilliant and a nice bonus for all the staff who have worker very hard since we took over.
I then met Paul Third from the P&J for my weekly column (out tomorrow). Finally I met Mike Loggie from Saltire Energy at the Befriend a Child offices to announce PL Foundation and Befriend a Child as official charities of PL matchplay. I headed home afterwards to work for a while on short game with the green at the house looking and rolling really nicely
I hit balls all morning at PLGC then headed home to work on some short game and putting at the house.
In the evening, Marian and I were invited to the Charlie House Ball at Ardoe House Hotel by Hunting who were the main sponsors. It was a really good nigh and we even got Wee Alan up dancing.
I played at Trump yesterday morning with Laurence & Patrick Blunt and Jonathan Duffy who bought the round at the 4Sports Pro-Am auction at Gleneagles last year, which went to our Foundation.
I had played with Laurence before at the BMW PGA Pro-Am at Wentworth. It was again a great laugh so many thanks to the guys for buying it.
I was up at Morrison Motors Turriff for an evening with me to raise money for Turriff Golf Club. This was one of my events as part of my Morrison Motors deal with Brian and Eddie. I got Richard Gordon along to MC and tell us a few stories, which he did brilliantly. The whole thing went very well with everyone enjoying the night. Big thanks to everyone who came along. It was a good laugh.
I was at Kingsbarns today to host our Foundation Sponsors' Golf Day. I gave a clinic on the range for everyone - we had 5 x three balls with the best nett score counting on each hole. Our Craig played in the first game then stopped at the 15th hole to do a "beat the Pro" competition. It was a little chilly at times but a lovely day.
Many thanks to everyone at Kingsbarns for looking after us so well and of course a massive thanks to all our sponsors for your continued support. We certainly couldn't do it without you.
I had five holes to finish off this morning which was a re start at 9am , it was again raining when we started which was a lovely 4 putt from 35feet at the 14th , I had good chances at 15,16,and 17 but missed them all but managed to birdie the 18th to shoot 73+2 and finish +1 overall. Congrats to Chris Kelly who won at the first extra hole of a play off. This week the draw played a bigger part than normal with half the field playing all their 36 holes in good weather all in one day and the other half taking 2/3 days in very poor tough conditions but that's the way it goes sometimes , I drove up the road and hit balls in the afternoon at Plgc
Huge thanks to Gleneagles Hotel his week for sponsoring the event. Always nice to stay and play golf there.
Early start this morning of 7 40am , it was raining by the time we reached the first green and didn't stop until play was halted while we were on the 14th fairway , I again hit it nice and putted slightly better and was -2 for the day and -3 for the tournament after 11 holes , my brolly broke just as the rain was getting heavier which didn't help but keeping hold of the club was pretty tough , I hit it way right off the 12th tee to make a double bogey then hit two drivers 30 yards short of the 13th green to make a bogey there which was a pity as deserved much better but not much you can do about the weather or the draw , the conditions were brutal and some of the toughest I've played in , the officials had hoped to complete the round today but the rain did not stop so will now be a 36 hole event as hotel guests are teeing off on the Kings tomorrow from 12pm which means we cannot play anymore .... I need to play the final 5 holes in at least -3 to have a chance
Shot 70-1 today hit it really good all day hitting all 18 greens but had 38 putts which was disappointing but the greens are very early season which is understandable as has been very little growth , I also hit all the par 5s in two today so ball striking was top notch just need to hole a few putts
I played a practice round yesterday with Greig Hutcheon and Scott Henderson which was good fun. It was pretty cold with a strong breeze blowing which made it tricky.
Congrats to Celtic FC on winning the SPL after Aberdeen's defeat to Dundee Utd. It has been a good season for the Dons who will be looking to build on closing the gap again next season.
Due to heavy rain which flooded the course there was no play today. I went to the gym and hit some balls in the afternoon. It will now be a 54 hole event, which is a shame but not much can be done about the weather.
I played the Old Course today with First Group Chief Executive, Tim O'Toole and his two guests. It was pretty cold and windy but we had a great time and the place was looking good, especially with some of the stands already up for The Open.
We had another of our Foundation Pro Series events, this time at PLGC, with 12 of us playing 18 holes. Again it was cold and windy but everyone enjoyed it. My oldest, Craig, Paul Shields and myself tied with one under par scores of 53. The course was in excellent shape with Marian and the girls at Clarets Coffee Shop looking after us very well.
I was at Murcar Links on Tuesday for media day which consisted of a press conference in the morning with Aberdeen FC Captain, Russell Anderson, then some one-to-one interviews followed by lunch. Then, I played 2 holes with each group of press guys. Big thanks to Russell for his help and everyone at Murcar for hosting us. I thought the course was looking excellent with the greens running at a good speed.
Flight home on Friday night was full so had to wait until Saturday evening to fly back. My flights were from Shanghai to Honk Kong then onto Heathrow and eventually up the road to Aberdeen. It was good to get playing again this week and as Davy was saying there were a lot of positives to take from it even though the back 9 was disappointing.
My next event will be the Scottish PGA at Gleneagles which starts next Sunday. I haven't played it for a while but I'm really looking forward to it. It'll be good to catch up with guys I played with years ago.
We have a media day on Tuesday for our Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Murcar which is coming along nicely.