BMW PGA Championship
This week is one of my favourite of the year; great venue , incredible sponsor and fantastic crowds all make is a very special tournament every year, I hit some balls today and worked for a wee while on short game , my foot has been sore again so trying to rest it as much as possible. I had a meeting with Ben Moffat who runs our new clothing company called Cardinal , he was showing me the knitwear samples which look superb , I'm playing in the morning shotgun pro am tomorrow which should be good fun.
Wee bit unlucky with the draw this week but struggled a bit anyway , shot 79 today which is poor but it was good to be back playing as its been a while , and always good to play in Ireland and was good to be back at the k club as we havn't been here for years
It was pretty windy with some heavy showers this morning which made it pretty tough to score , I struggled off the tee but short game was decent so managed to scrape it round in 72 LVL par which was reasonable score in the conditions
I flew from Aberdeen to Dublin yesterday for this week's Dubai duty free Irish Open , we are playing at the K Club which is the first time we've been here for a regular event since 2005 , I am staying onsite this week which is very nice indeed and only a short walk from the facilities , I played 9 holes this morning ( tues) and hit some balls , the course is immaculate as always
Craig , Michael and I played 9 holes at PLGC Inchmarlo in the morning with Craig -5, Michael -1 and I was -2 , the course was very good, especially the greens which are fantastic. I spent the afternoon working on short game and putting at the house .
Media day PL Matchplay
I was at archerfield this morning to announce the new ticket offer for PL matchplay, which will be played from August 4-7. Anyone who buys a ticket will receive free entry to Scottish seniors open three weeks later, also being played at archerfield which is a great deal and one I hope loads of people will take up. I also had some pictures taken and myself and DJ Russell gave some juniors a short clinic which all went very well. Archerfield is a beautiful place and will be a very good venue for our second PL Matchplay
Beatson cancer charity sportsmans dinner Glasgow
I was at the Hilton hotel in Glasgow last night for the beatson cancer charity dinner , I took part in a q&a and also had a table , we were joined by the Reids and the Morrisons as well as Caroline , Emma and Beth Hunter. Gordon Strachan was also speaking , it was a really good night and raised just over 100k which is fantastic for a great charity
I played at Castle Stuart today with Mikey MacDougall, Craig and Sean, which was a practice round for Craig and Sean for our PLF pro series event the next day , and also gave me the chance to play it before AAM Scottish open in July. The course was very good and with a stiff breeze blowing it played pretty tough
Big Johnson's Tour
I played at scotscraig GC yesterday in the big johnson's tour event which was over 18 holes , I shot 69-2 in a stiff breeze which won by 2 shots from Craig Ronald. The tour is run by John Henry who is the younger brother of Scott. PLF has come onboard with them to sponsor each event as I think it's brilliant what John has managed to do already and it's important Scottish Pros have somewhere to play competitively between events.
I played 9 holes this morning at PLGC Inchmarlo with Michael, Craig and Sean Lawrie, with myself and Michael winning by one hole 😀😀
We then watched the Aberdeen v Celtic game on the telly. Aberdeen came back well but gave themselves to much to do going 3-0 down eventually losing 3-2 to the champions.
I then popped over to PLGC Ardoe to watch and present the prizes at today's PL Foundation flag event , it was a lovely day and nice to see so many kids and parents enjoying the facilities at PLGC.
PLF Pro Series PLGC Inchmarlo
6 of us had a mini pro series at Plgc Inchmarlo this afternoon , it was beautiful day and the course was in top shape , I won with -5 then Greig Hutcheon and Craig Lawrie next on -4
PLF Sponsors Day, Nairn GC
We had our annual plf sponsors day at Nairn, 5 groups of four played in a bright breezy day , the course was excellent as always with everyone having a great time , big thanks to everyone at Nairn GC for hosting us and of course massive thanks to all our plf sponsors for their continued support
PLF Pairs, Skibo Castle
We were up at Skibo on Wednesday for our pairs event to raise funds for our foundation , as always Skibo was looking fantastic and everyone had a great time , I gave a short game clinic after lunch then the golfers played 18 holes followed by dinner in the castle finished off with a sing along by the piano which was really good fun
I was at PLGC Inchmarlo today to watch some of the kids play in one of our foundation flag and stableford events , it was our first official Day as running Inchmarlo so it was cool to have the Foundation there and it was a pretty nice day
Our oldest son Craig was 21 today which is amazing as time really flies , his mum managed to embarrass him with a cake and singing happy birthday at Inchmarlo
Well done and thanks to everyone who helped us getting Inchmarlo ready this week was really good of you all
I was down in London on Tuesday and Wednesday getting a scan on my left foot which has been bugging me for ages , I have also been out at Inchmarlo helping with the improvements we have been making before we officially take over on Sunday 1st may , Marian , Mikey , Craig , Sean and my brother along with Craig Dempster have all worked really hard this week helping Alan Campbell ( joiner ) , it's amazing what new carpets some painting and a load of graft can do it's looking really nice and can't wait to see it finished come Sunday
Saturday - I was down in St. Andrews yesterday as Michael was invited to play with 14 other under 18s at a get together with the Sgu coaches , they played 9'holes in the morning then played the jubilee course in the afternoon , it was pretty cold and breezy but ok
Sunday - the SGU organised a match at Blairgowrie today between the under 18s and the Scottish seniors , it was two teams of 8 playing football better ball , Michael Played with Sandy Scott from Nairn and managed to win their match 1up with Michael making birdie at the last , the matches finished all square overall with all matches played in great spirit , it was a lovely day and you forget who awesome a place Blairgowrie is , it was nice to catch up with Blairgowrie pro Charles Dernie who's a great lad
Quite a bit less wind today and slightly softer greens made the course a bit more playable , I shot 72+1 to finish +16 for the week and in a tie for 45th , well done to Sergio Garcia for hosting this week through his foundation , it was good to play valderamma again as the condition of the course is always top notch
Got off to a nice start with a birdie at the first hole but things quickly went pear shaped with 7 bogeys and a double bogey at 18 meant I shot 79+8 , it was windy again today and the leader is now on +1
It was pretty windy today and with the course already set up pretty tough scoring was very high , the cut fell at +9 with only 2 players under par after 36 holes , I was 76+5 today for +7 total and currently in a tie for 38th
Shot 73+2 which wasn't bad TBF as course is just as frustrating as it used to be , I drove it well and short game was sharp but I hit a few poor iron shots which cost me a few shots but overall +2 is decent around there after a long lay off