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Cardinal apparel photo shoot PLGC

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

Italian Open

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

PLF Flag Series Finals Day

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

Bunkered Magazine

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

Morrison Motors Golf Day

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

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

Made in Denmark

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

Sunday 14th August

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

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

Foundation Dinner - Wed 10 Aug

Foundation Dinner - Wednesday 10th August

We were at the Marcliffe last night for our foundation dinner , Sir alex Ferguson was our guest of honour and as you can imagine his Q&A was absolutely brilliant I could listen to him for hours , we had 314 guests in total and raised £43,000 which is a great effort , thanks to all the table sponsors and of course the people who bought auction items your support is always appreciated by Marian and myself Richard Gordon was again excellent as our MC and alex Fleming his usual brilliant cheeky self at the auction , The meal and service at the Marcliffe was as ever perfect

AAM Paul Lawrie Matchplay

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie matchplay

We were at Archerfield links last week for the second playing of our matchplay event , the course was immaculate and Archerfield as a venue was top class , thanks to our main sponsor AAM as well as supporting sponsors  Visit Scotland . East Lothian council , Farmfoods and Archerfield links. We had 22 teams who played in the pro am on Wednesday which was followed by an evening reception for everyone , myself and catriona Matthew did a Q&A with Dougie Donnelly after a bite to eat which was good fun , we again had 64 players straight knockout starting on Thursday , I won my first round match against Lucas Berregard but lost in the second round at the 19th against Richard Green which as you can imagine I was gutted about , I was 4 under and lost which of course is matchplay for you.  Anthony Wall was our deserving champion beating alex noren by one hole in the final , Wally hadn't won on tour since his first win in 2000 so we were all chuffed to bits for him , the whole week was great and like last year was very well run by my management company 4sports & entertainment The only negative was again the lack of spectators paying through the door but we understand there's a lot of events in scotland for them to choose from. We hope to see a few more of them next year , but massive thanks to the ones who came and we hope you all enjoyed the week as much as we did

AAM PL Matchplay Qualifier

We had 45 pros playing 18 holes strokeplay today with 1 spot up for grabs in the event this week , it was a beautiful day with some very good scoring , Gareth Wright eventually won in a play off with Chris Kelly after both shot 66-6.  The feedback on the qualifier has been brilliant from all the boys which is nice and I'm really glad we did it

w/c 25 July

Week beginning Monday 25th July

I was at Royal aberdeen on Monday and Tuesday to watch Michael play in the Scottish amatuer championship , he won at the 19th in the first round but lost 2&1 in the second round , the course was magnificent considering the rain we've had

I pulled a muscle in my neck on Monday morning while drying myself after a shower ....... I know unreal eh , I saw Our Physio at Plgc Lindsay smart all week but it was Saturday before I could hit balls which is frustrating and one more injury to add to the list

We are dropping Michael and Sam Locke at Glasgow airport today (sun ) who are both playing for scotland in the home internationals next week , this will be Michaels first cap for his country which is very exciting for him with his mum and I very proud

We will then go to Archerfield for next weeks AAM PL matchplay

 

Farmfoods British par 3

I was unable to play the British par 3 this week as I hurt my neck like I said earlier but Craig played and finished a very good 8th , I was gutted as it's an event I've done well in and it's sponsored by Eric herd at farmfoods who is a massive supporter of everything we do but sometimes injuries can't be helped


Skye Holiday

We're just back from a few days in Skye with the Reids and the Morrisons , we stayed at the Skeabost hotel which was very nice indeed. Marian planned a walk each day then a few holes of golf each afternoon , the scenery was incredible and if you havn't been I would highly recommend a visit.  We were lucky with the weather as it rained most nights but was dry during the day , the five and a half hour drive was a bit of a pain but well worth it

The Open - Royal Troon 14-17 July

The Open - Royal Troon 14-17 July.  

I arrived at Troon on Monday evening after watching Michael play his first round at Fairmont St. Andrews in the Scottish Youths. I played a few holes on Tuesday afternoon and managed to work on a few bits and pieces on the range. I played really early on Wednesday morning with Darren Clarke which was good fun and brilliant to see the whole course which was in fantastic shape as always. I shot 72-74-74-74 with some decent ball striking but was very poor on the greens , as always the spectators at the open were different class , henrik stenson played some of the best golf ever to shoot -20 and win by three shots from phil mickleson, who himself would have won 140 or the previous 144 opens with his score of -17

The other news from the open week was that I have re-signed with wilson staff until the end of 2017 at least , I have played some of my best golf using the wilson brand clubs and am very much looking forward to representing them again

AAM Scottish Open 2016

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 2016

Marian and I are just home from this weeks AAM Scottish Open.  I really struggled yesterday, shooting 81+9 which was incredibly disappointing as you can imagine.  I hit it poorly and putted awfully, which is not a good combination and the wind was pretty strong.  Today was a lot better from tee to green but again I struggled with the putter - only 17 players out of 151 putted worse this week.  After a quick bite to eat Russell Knox and I took part in a q&a for AAM guests which was really good fun , then I met with RSM staff and guests at their simulator in the spectators' village. which was also great fun.  I will hit and putt for hours over the weekend to try and get a feeling for next week's open at Troon.

Wed 29 June

Wednesday 29th June  

I was down at Gleneagles this morning to assist with the announcement of M&H logistics coming onboard as main sponsor of the Scottish PGA Championship , it's great news and very good to see a new company coming into golf. Well done to david Longmuir who is sponsorship manager for the pga for bringing M&H to the table

Mon 27 June - Archerfield Links, PL Matchplay

Monday 27th June - Archerfield links PL matchplay

I was down at our host venue of PL matchplay today to film a challenge match against Craig and Michael and also to film some on-course tips , it was filmed by one of our media partners golf monthly and was really good fun , archerfield was looking really good and as always we were very well looked after by all the staff

Sunday 26 June

Sunday 26th June

I hit a couple of hundred balls at PLGC this morning working on hands lower at impact and using my right side a bit more on downswing , I then headed home to work on short game at the house all afternoon and even did some gym work ( athlete ).

BMW International Open June 23-26

BMW international open  

Just home from playing in Cologne at this weeks Bmw international open , I really struggled off the tee both days hitting a lot of high right shots which is caused by hands to high and club behind me at impact , nothing new there I hear regular readers of my blog and you'd be right ....... It's something I've struggled with my whole career , the course was in fantastic condition considering the rain they've had and as always the event was very well organised by Marco Kaussler and his team , I shot 73+75 to miss  the cut which wasn't very good but sometimes it is what it is , I will be down at Plgc first thing Sunday morning working away on a few bits and pieces , my foot again has been bugging me and hitting loads of balls which I need to do just aggravates it more so not a great situation

Davy & I in familiar territory last week