I was invited down to Stirling university by Dean Robertson who is the Stirling uni coach and of course a former tour player and winner of the Italian open to spent the afternoon with them. Dean had set up some short game stations for them so we watched them for a while then he asked me to hit some balls running through my thoughts on flight flight etc . We all then went up to the main sports building for a Q&A with everyone asking questions.
It was really good to see how Dean goes about it with the team as its all non technical work and focused on distance control with wedges and shaping shots with the irons. I really enjoyed it and hope the team took something away from the afternoon.
We were at Oldmeldrum on Wednesday for this week's Alliance. The course was very wet and understandably with 108 pairs of feet the greens were bumpy. I was again very happy with my ball striking and 66 (-4) was a decent effort. Sean was 68 (-2) and Craig was 69 (-1) but should have been way less.
My foot has been great again this week, which is odd but I'm certainly not complaining.
My foot has been really good this week so I've managed to hit balls every day which has been great. It was good to play at Peterculter in the North East Alliance on Wednesday, even though I struggled on the greens I was really pleased with the way I hit it. Craig, Michael and I were at Pittodrie on Saturday to watch Aberdeen win 2-1 against Ross County and good to see them bounce-back after the heavy defeat to Celtic.
We were all at Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen get hammered 3-0 by a very good Celtic performance. TBF, when they play like that no team in Scotland can get anywhere near them.
My foot has been pretty good this week so I decided to play the Alliance on Wednesday with Craig and Michael. The course was excellent considering the rain we've had recently. I was happy with the way I hit it and shot 70 (-1) which finished second to a very good 69 (-2) from amateur Stewart Finnie.
We have entered a team into the Monday night target golf comp at PLGC Inchmarlo (Redbirds) which will run for quite a few weeks. It's really good fun and keeps your short game going over the winter. Teams of 4 get 10 balls each to three targets then everyone gets 3 balls each at the water target, you get a soup at the start then stovies at the end with the winners each week winning a bottle of beer from Deeside brewery. Each team has a handicap to keep it fair. Our team of Michael , Craig , Mikey and myself managed to win this week which was cool.
I caddied for Craig again this morning in the North East Alliance at Banchory. Craig hit it really well and shot 66-3 but missed a load of birdie chances so could have been lower but it was good enough to win, which is great. It was nice to be back at Banchory where it all started for me and good to catch up with a few of the members. I thought the course was in excellent condition.
I had a very enjoyable three days caddying for Craig at this week's Scottish Alliance Championship. He shot 70-71-68 (-4) to finish T3rd. It was great to see Craig playing up close and to see him progressing.
The course at Monifieth was in very good condition and everyone at the Club looked after everyone very well.
Very frustratingly I had to pull out this morning.
Straight away when I started to warm up I knew I had a problem with my left foot - I couldn't get onto my left side. I won't play any golf now until I go to Munich to see dr muller at the end of November. I'd like to thank everyone at Dunhill for their continued support at one of the best events of the year.
It was pretty windy all day so 71-1 wasn't too bad but felt I hit it really well and missed quite a few chances. Kingsbarns was in magnificent condition and I always really enjoy playing the course and we are always looked after very well by all the staff.
We play the Old Course tomorrow.
Very excited and delighted to announce Gleneagles Hotel will be my new attachment from this week. Gleneagles is one of Scotland's most iconic venues and I'm really looking forward to representing the brand wherever I play around the world.
We arrived back into Aberdeen airport at 11 30am from Portugal then it was a quick change and re-pack the bags to drive down to Newcastle. I hit some balls on Wednesday morning and realised straight away I was struggling with my left foot. I decided it would be best to head home to rest it as playing I felt could have made it worse. I hope the event goes well and the crowds create a great atmosphere.
We had the Morrisons and the Reids with us last week in Portugal, which is always good fun. The weather all week was superb and the course, as usual, was in good condition. I shot 69-69-71-67 -8 and in a tie for 34th position. We flew home on Tuesday morning so had all day Monday at the pool, which was great.
Craig , Michael and myself were at Pittodrie on Saturday for the Kilmarnock game. We played lovely for the first 20 mins then really struggled with some pretty poor stuff but it's still early season and TBF their still unbeaten in the league after 5 games so it's all good.
Saturday was my first home game of the season but hope to get to more games this winter
Tuesday 12th September
I was down in London playing with RSM staff and customers at Coombe Hill GC last Tuesday. I gave a short-game clinic in the morning then played one hole with each group. It was a lovely day and I was very impressed with the condition of the course at Coombe Hill. The greens are pretty small with some decent slopes which makes it short but tricky. I had a great time with everyone and hope all the golfers enjoyed their day
Sunday 3rd September
Today, we had nearly 40 kids at PLGC who had all qualified throughout the year in the under 10s and 12s flag events. As always, we had some brilliant scoring and great to see the boys and girls all playing with a smile on their faces and enjoying their golf. After the prize giving I gave a short-game clinic for all the kids and their parents which was good fun. Massive thanks to Foundation Manager, Michael Macdougall, and his assistant, Simon Hanson, for all their hard work through the season. Thank you to all the golf clubs for allowing the kids to play and of course thank you to the parents for being the taxi drivers to their Wee Angels.
Marian , Michael MacDougall and myself were down in Coatbridge on Friday to attend the funeral of former Secretary of the PGA Scottish Region, Peter Lloyd. Peter was in charge of the Region when I started to play Pro-Ams in the late eighties/early nineties. I always really enjoyed Peter's company and he was always very good to Marian and I. RIP my friend.
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Par 3 Championship
We held the above event at our Golf Centre in Aberdeen with 54 teams - consisting of one pro and one amateur - play 36 holes over 2 days. It went extremely well with some fantastic feedback from the players. Louis Gaughan from Bathgate won in an play off against Alistair Forsyth, after both players finished on four under par. I finished in a tie for third with four other players. I struggled with an sore back and foot in first round shooting +2 but felt good yesterday shooting -5.
Massive thanks to all sponsors/players but most of all to our magnificent staff at PLGC and Clarets Coffee Shop who all worked extremely hard.
I won't play again on tour until the Portugal Masters from 21-24 September. We have the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Par 3 Championship at PLGC Ardoe on 28/29 August which should be great fun with 54 pro's and 54 amateurs playing 36 holes over the two days. Michael Campbell , Scott Jamieson and myself are playing along with some Challenge Tour , EPD and Europro players as well as the cream of the Tartan Tour. We are making a 30 minute programme which will be shown on sky sports which is great
Just home from another brilliant week at the PL Matchplay, this year in Germany. The feedback from the players was again excellent with all of them saying they'd like to see more matchplay events on tour. I did a wee bit of commentating with Sky after I got knocked out as well as some hospitality visits with the sponsors. The whole week couldn't have gone any better and was nice to see a German player in the final and great to see a first time winner who probably played the best golf for the week.
Massive thanks to everyone at 4sports, the European tour, Saltire Energy and of course Bad Griesbach Golf Resort and again many congrats to our new champ Adrian Otaegui!