I played the north east alliance at Portlethen yesterday with Craig and Sean , it was a lovely day and pretty much full summer greens and tees , the course was really good for this time of year , I hit it nice and putted good to shoot 65-7 which won by four shots , I'm really enjoying playing the alliances again as its been years since I played them regularly
I have been busy hitting balls every day with a heavy weighted homemade 9iron , this helps me slow down my backswing and changeover and maintains my rhythm , I have probably hit 400-500 balls a day with it and swing is really feeling good I have also played the target golf comp at Plgc Inchmarlo each week which is great fun , I have also been playing the alliance every week which again has been brilliant and keeps the competitive side going through the winter
It was great to receive an invite from Chubby Chandler at ISM to play in Turkey last week. Turkish Airlines laid on a charter plane which left gatwick Monday morning and returned Sunday night , the hotel and course at regnum carya resort were both fantastic , I was expecting a little more than the 43rd I finished last week after playing and putting was better in Portugal , ball striking was poor and holed very little on the greens in turkey , massive thanks to everyone involved with a fantastic event
Skibo Castle PLF Pairs
We were up at Skibo castle yesterday for our second PLF pairs event , we had 8 teams of two playing 18 holes then dinner and overnight stay in the castle , as always it was fantastic to spend time up there , massive thanks to all the teams for raising money for the Foundation. Marian and I really appreciate your support.
The Portugal Masters is one of my favourite weeks of the year as Marian normally comes and the last three years the Morrisons and the Reids have joined us , we all had a great week and I managed to play nicely and hole some putts to finish in a tie for 5th , the course wasn't in its best condition but it didn't take away anything from the week , unless I get an invite for turkey next week this could be my final event of the year so it was nice to finish it with a top 5.
Marian and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary last week in Portugal , she has been amazing for me and has shown incredible patience as I can be a complete nightmare to live with at times ( mind you her snoring is legendary). It was nice to have the Reids and morrisons there to celebrate with us
I hit balls this morning at a very wet PLGC. Last week I was getting very steep at Impact which is caused by getting up off my right foot instead of rolling it , my hands also get to high at impact so I worked away at feeling low and left with the hands
Craig and I went to the football at pittodrie with my nephew Sean , aberdeen played well to win the game 4-0 to make it 5 league wins in a row
I was disappointed to miss last years British masters due to a bad back so was very much looking forward to playing this year at the grove , it was luke Donald's turn to host after ian Poulter did it last year , the course was in excellent condition especially the greens which were pure , Tuesday night saw the first of the night golf events where 8 players played knockout matchplay over one hole , I watched it on tv and it looked great fun with 2200 spectators turning up which gave it a great atmosphere , massive thanks to sky sports and the grove it's great to see the British masters back with a bang.
I was delighted to sign a deal with pinmar who are a super yacht finishing company based in Majorca , the deal includes their logo on the right side of my hat and 2 company days per year which will be used at their fantastic golf tournament held annually in October, 350 golfers and over 800 guests enjoy two days of golf and entertainment
It was great to be involved again with the Ryder cup last week both Marian and I really enjoyed the week apart from the result of course, Captain Clarke was magnificent all week especially his speeches and talks to the players in the evenings, overall America putted better and had incredible home support and overall deserved to win, all the European team were great to work with and were a credit to themselves and their families, we certainly couldn't have asked any more from any one of them I'm extremely disappointed for Darren as he doesn't deserved to be a losing Ryder cup captain as I thought he was magnificent but sometimes it doesn't go the way you want, on the Sunday evening Rory made a fantastic speech and presented Darren with a picture signed by all players and vice captains as a thank you for his efforts, Darren was in tears which was great to see as he has helped and mentored Rory from a young age, we had a really good party on the Sunday night as we always do win, lose or draw.
I was in Germany last week to play in the Porshe European Open, they had incredible amounts of rain on the Sunday and Monday before the event and the river burst its banks so the course was closed until the opening round on Thursday - nothing the tour or the promoters 4sports & entertainment could have done - the course when we eventually started was amazing considering the amount of water it had on it during the start of the week , it was another long week of delays this time due to fog every morning which meant it was a 54 hole tournament , I shot -9 for the week which ended up in a tie for 28th , there was again some good stuff and as I've been saying for a while I feel really close Massive thanks to everyone at 4sports , Porshe it was a brilliant week
We had a photo shoot today with david law , Ross Kellett , Craig and Michael for our new Cardinal Apparel clothing , it was really good fun and great to work again with top photographer John Paul who has done some stuff for us before. Craig from We Film Golf was also there doing some video clips for the website www.cardinalgolf.co.uk
I havnt played the Italian open for quite a few years so it was nice to tee it up in Milan this week , the course wasn't in the best of condition and the weather was awful which meant lots of stoppages and delays , I shot 72 + 68 which missed the cut by 1 shot , I hit it really good today but bogeyed 16 and 17 which was incredibly frustrating , I managed to get home and now have a couple of days off before heading to Germany for the Porsche European Open
PLGC, Sunday 11th Sept
We had the Foundation Flag Finals today at PLGC , with 40 boys and girls who qualified throughout the year to play. It was a lovely day with a little breeze , the course was in excellent condition. I gave a clinic after the prize giving for all the kids and parents which was good fun , massive thanks to Michael MacDougall , Marian and Fyona Duncan for all their hard work this year and also the parents for bringing the kids week in and week out
I was down at the Carrick GC this morning with bunkered magazine , I gave a clinic which included long and short game then played the second hole with each of the 6 groups , we finished off with filming some tips which will appear in the magazine over the next few issues
Turriff Golf Club
I was at Turriff golf club yesterday for a golf day with Morrison motors staff and guests , I performed a short game clinic in the morning then played 2 holes with each of the 9 groups followed by a bite to eat and a Q&A , the course / catering was brilliant as always with everyone having a great time
Omega European masters
Crans Sur sierre
Last week I was in the beautiful mountains of Switzerland playing the Omega European masters , I missed the event last year as it was played the week after the open which I tend to have off , the weather was awesome and was really hot which is unusual , the ball flies 10% further up the hill so the course always plays quite short but is very tricky with small sloppy greens , I shot 70,68,73,67 to finish -2 and in a tie for 49th which isn't great but I felt it was another decent step forward with loads of positives , I have this week off to recharge the batteries before a really big run of weeks
Last week I was in Aalborg playing in the Made in Denmark event. It was, like last year, a fantastic week with 79,000 fans through the gate which is incredible. I shot rounds of 70,66,72,69 for -7 and 15th equal , I led the greens in regulation stat for the week so my long game is in great shape but again I struggled with the putter but overall it's another good week so loads of positives
I hit balls at PLGCand played 9 holes this morning then spent the afternoon at PLGC Inchmarlo where we had a flag and stableford event with kids from the foundation , it was a beautiful day with both courses looking fantastic. Well done to all the kids and as always thanks to all the parents for being taxi drivers
Hunting energy services golf day at Gleneagles
I was down at Gleneagles today playing the Queens course with 2 groups of staff and customers from Hunting , we hit some balls then I played the front nine with the first group then dropped back to play back nine with second group , it was very windy with some rain showers but also great fun , we finished off with bite to eat in the dormy house which was very nice