I played twelve holes at Deeside this morning with Craig and Michael which was the first golf I've played this week and actually hit it and putted nicely shooting -3 which was one worse than Craig who played lovely to shoot -4 (ahhhhh) lol
Marian and I were invited to the Aberdeen v Dumbarton match at pittodrie by Barry Duncan of CNR international who has been a good friend for along time we both really enjoyed it especially the result which to be fair could easily have been a draw but ended up 1-0 to the dons
We had a press conference at PLGC to announce EnQuest making my foundation one of their two nominated charities for this year along with archway which is fantastic news and very good of them indeed.
I have struggled with my neck this week so have been unable to hit any balls but have managed to hit hundreds of putts which is starting to feel much better
On Thursday I attended Kingswells Primary School where I gave a Q&A as part of the school's Life & Ethos series of assemblies. It was great fun with the kids asking some really good questions. The whole school (450 pupils) sang a song at the start of the Assembly - they sang beautifully!
Since getting home from Las Vegas I have been pretty busy at PLGC working on my putting getting back to simple thoughts such as low on backstroke and hold on the follow through. I have also been at pittodrie to watch Aberdeen beat Celtic then St Johnstone - It's fantastic to see the football club doing so well. I was also down to Stirling to see sports psychologist john mathers which is going well but a work in progress and a big job for him. Today I was at royal Aberdeen with European Tour staff to walk round the course as part of site visits for AAM Scottish Open which was interesting to listen to how they go about setting up the course it's going to be a great week when it comes.
Picture: with European Tour and Royal Aberdeen staff.
We walked up the strip yesterday morning to the m&ms store to buy some personalised sweets which are really cool they have a shop on 4 levels selling everything you could think of with m&ms on it , then we went to the outlet mall for a while in the afternoon
In the evening we went to the celine dion show at Caesars palace which was very good indeed what a voice we have seen some very good shows but she was probably the best , we fly home tomorrow afternoon
We went on the big bus tour today which took us firstly downtown then up and down the strip which was interesting and let us see some places we haven't seen yet mind you the tour guides talked some pish !!!!! Then tonight we went to see the show le reve at the Wynn hotel where we're staying which was incredible and by far the best show yet (mind you celine is tomorrow)
We flew to the Grand Canyon today by helicopter which was amazing to see the whole trip lasted one and a half hours and was incredible to see , we are going to see the jersey boys tonight which is supposedly the number 1 show in Vegas
We went to our second show tonight which was soul 2 soul with Tim McGraw and faith hill which was again very good and was in the Venitian theatre next door to where we're staying , tomorrow we are taking the helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon
We went to our first show tonight (Friday) which was shania twain which was brilliant we both really enjoyed it , we had dinner at Caesars palace before the show our waiter said I'll be right back with your drinks then I can help you negotiate the menu lol
The show lasted just under two hours and was very entertaining she was out in the crowd quite a bit , tomorrow night were seeing Tim McGraw and faith hill.
I walked round Nairn Dunbar with Michael on Sunday morning as he was playing in the Sgu winter series. He didn't have a good day and shot 81 +9 he was only +2 after 11 but struggled coming in but he hasn't played much so no big deal , then Marian and I were up in Turriff for dinner with the Morrisons and the Reids which was good fun and to discuss our sponsored walk for this year which is going to be the east highland way the week after the open will post more info nearer the time
Marian and I flew to Las Vegas on Wednesday morning for a weeks holiday as we've never been to Vegas so should be great fun were going to see celine dion and shania twain as well as a few other shows
I had a few meetings but have spent most of my time practicing my putting at PLGC on our new indoor putting green. I've hit most putts with the toe of the putter resting against a block of wood to make sure putter works straight back straight through on shorter putts that's what I like to see. My neck is better but back been iffy I'm falling to bits !!!
Great result from AFC at parkhead today beating Celtic 2-1 with goals from Russell Anderson and Peter Pawlett
I was in to see Gillian Mitchell this morning for my usual crunch which was perfect timing as my neck has been a bit sore. Then I had a press conference at PLGC to announce PLGC as main sponsor of the Northern Open this year which will be played at Murcar Golf Links. We also announced my Invitational will be an order of merit event for the first time this year and thirdly we announced the PGA Scottish region will come on board our PLGC Scottish ladies tartan tour. We had a very good turnout from the press boys ( free bacon rolls helps ) so it was a busy morning but very good to get all 3 things announced together.
I flew from Abu Dhabi into Frankfurt as I was filming a video for Caledonia putters today which was good fun and was filmed at the indoor golf centre which is very nice and pretty handy in the winter. I also got the chance to test some new grooves and see some new models which look great. I fly home to Aberdeen tonight very tired indeed
Very frustrating today as I hit it magnificent all day but missed putt after putt and shot 73+1 which is incredible but that's what it was so not much you can do. Overall this week was better on the greens as I only hit a few poor putts and just didn't make many but I'll keep working hard at it to improve. I fly to Frankfurt tonight to film a video for caledonia putters tomorrow then home on Monday evening which I'm very much looking forward to.
Huge congrats to Stevie Gallacher who showed great character on the back nine to win by 1 shot and be the first person to defend the Dubai Desert Classic which gets him into the top 50 of world rankings which is great, he deserves it.
Today is known as moving day but I just couldn't get it going at all. I struggled to get it close enough to make birdies and I made a double bogey at the fifth which doesn't help so overall a level par 72 was about right. Again this week I have hit my share of greens but haven't taken my chances very well but I have putted nicely and it doesn't feel too far away. What a fantastic run from Stevie G playing the final ten holes in ten under to be 2 shots ahead.......... all the best tomorrow min
Bit of a struggle today as ball striking was very poor with the irons which is odd as have been hitting them great but today was awful. I hit so many fat and right but thankfully I putted nicely to keep it going. It was a bit of a grind today which sometimes you've just got to do. I still had 2 three putts but overall rolled the ball very good , there was a bit more wind in the afternoon today which made it slightly more tricky.
I have been struggling this week with a sore neck and a bit of a cold which has now gone onto my chest which is not the best but you've just got to "man up" and get on with it eh !!!
I started bogey , bogey this morning which wasn't ideal but then hit it and putted lovely to shoot 68-4 which was a good result after the start . Mind you young Rory whipped it round in 63-9 so nice to see him back playing good. I came back for a nap again in the afternoon as I haven't been sleeping too good and I'm off to the cinema now.
Hit it very good again today but missed so many putts its scary , again drove the ball fantastic but left so many shots on the greens this week , shot 70-2 to finish -12 and in a tie for twelfth I fly to Dubai tonight for next week Desert Classic.
There was a bit more breeze today and with the pins tucked away and the greens firmer scoring wasn't quite so good as it was tough to get the ball close to the flags. I hit it very good from tee to green to shoot 69-3 to be -10 overall and only 2 shots behind with the final round tomorrow. I was a bit frustrated as I deserved a few less today but there's always tomorrow for them to drop.
I was a bit grumpy today as I couldn't get it close enough to make birdies which was frustrating but 70-2 is never bad round this course even with no wind. I drove it poorly only hitting 4/14 fairways but my irons were superb hitting 17 greens. I don't think we've ever played this event with so little wind hopefully it will blow a bit over the weekend. I headed back to hotel for a nap this afternoon as felt really tired today for some reason. ( old )