I was at Deeside today for our Foundation junior open , it was a beautiful day with the course in excellent condition , Sam Locke won for the third year in a row with an excellent two under par round of 68 , our Michael was second ( for the third year in a row ) with 69 and Benjamin Henderson finished third with 72 , Finlay smith from Ellon won the handicap with a very good 74 nett 65 which was an excellent effort , thanks to everyone at Deeside GC for hosting us and to Michael Macdougall and Marian for all their hard work
Got off to a horrible start today with a double bogey six at the first hole , then played really nice making 4 birdies and no more dropped shots to shoot 69-2 to finish -10 and in a tie for 6th , felt as though I could have been quite a few less today but overall it was a good performance after the poor start , made in Denmark is a very cool event with again over 80,000 fans there for the week which is incredible and makes for a fantastic atmosphere for everyone
Hit it really good today to shoot 68-3 to be -8 overall and in a Tie for 7th , felt as though I left a few shots on the greens today as struggled with pace , crowds again incredible all day great atmosphere on every hole
Shot 72+1 this afternoon which was a good effort as I had a sore right ear which made me struggled with balance all day , I called the doctor out onto the course and saw him after the round to syringe my ear which has made it much better , it was probably slightly tougher today as the wind was a little stronger , again the 16th hole was great fun and probably the best atmosphere on any hole I've ever played
I played in the 1pm shotgun pro am yesterday with three really good lads who were all good fun , we finished third equal which was good , it was the first time I had played the course as I hurt my back last year and couldn't play , it's a decent layout with some good holes on it especially the short par 3 sixteenth which has a massive bank where loads of spectators sit , it's in good condition with the greens rolling well
Hit it ok this morning and putted very well to shoot 65-6 which is a great start to the week , I have been putting much better after putting in the new Proto tour 5 putter from Caledonia and also my new flatso 1.0 putter grip from super stroke long may it continue
I flew home from Birmingham on Friday morning then re packed my bag to fly to Frankfurt for a golf day to raise money for former German footballer uli borowkas foundation , Claus from Caledonia Putters supplied the prizes and paid the green fees and food for everyone. I gave a clinic in the morning then played with Claus and his two guests in the afternoon , it was a really good day enjoyed by everyone and raised a few quid which is always good
Michael and I flew down on Wednesday morning for this week's farmfoods British par 3 at Nailcotte Hall near Birmingham. I finished second ,one shot behind the winner Barry lane with 51+53 -4 , Michael was my partner but unfortunately he really struggled but enjoyed it all the same. Huge thanks to Eric Herd at farmfoods as well as all the team at champions UK and of course everyone at nailcotte hall for looking after us
On Thursday night we were at pittodrie with the Reids and the morrisons to watch Aberdeen draw 1-1 in second leg of third qualifying round of Europa league which means they are out , it was a full house with a really good atmosphere just a pity they couldn't get the result
On Friday I played in the Turriff pro am with alan Reid , Michael Macdougall and Audrey Morrison which was great fun especially as we won the team event and I came second in the pro individual , it was a lovely day with the course in really good condition , congrats to Gavin hay who shot a very good 63-7
I opened the sky sports show with david livingstone which was good fun then I had 2 Q&A to do before getting out and watching a bit of the golf , fantastic birdie at the last by kiradech aphibarnrat who is our first champion which were very excited about , he played very aggressive this week hitting driver at most holes so fully deserved his win Massive thanks to saltire energy , visit scotland and all other sponsors , murcar links couldn't have been any better the condition of the course was superb as was all the members / volunteers , my management group at 4sports did a magnificent job of promoting / running the event for us , next years date and venue will be announced soon
Congrats to Kiradech Aphibarnrat who is our first Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie mMtchplay Champion. Kiradech beat Robert Karlsson by one hole this afternoon , massive thanks to Mike Loggie at Saltire Energy , to everyone at visit scotland , to all staff and members at murcar links , to all the team at 4 sports for running and promoting the event to a very high standard and of course all of our other sponsors and partners , the week went extremely well don't think we could have asked for more
Went up to Murcar all day as had Q&A to do in sponsors pavilion by the clubhouse and the entier premium lounge beside the 15th green , I also popped into spectators village to visit the PL Foundation nets and PLGC pro shop which were really busy.
Had a really close match with Chris Doak today which I lost by 1 hole , I really struggled with ball striking all day , couldn't get the club off the ball at a nice pace for some reason today. Chris holed a few nice putts which you need to do to keep it going , totally gutted to be knocked out but all the best to Doaky tomorrow morning
Hit it really solid this afternoon to win 5&4. It was breezy for most of the round but it calmed down towards the end , I was -2 for the 14 holes which was solid. I hit some nice shots when I got in front which is what you have to do. I play Chris Doak at 1pm tomorrow which will be good fun.
I played with Aberdeen legends Willie Miller and Russell Anderson as well as Alex Salmond which was really good fun , it was a wee tad breezy which made it tricky but the course is in amazing condition. After I finished, I took three penalties against Andrew Coltart only scoring 1 ( gutted ) for the sky sports programme this week which was a good laugh , we had the pro am reception and prize giving tonight at the Village Urban Resort which was really nice
I hit balls and played nine holes at PLGC this morning with Craig , Michael and Sam Locke which was good fun , we then popped over to Murcar which is looking incredible ahead of next weeks Saltire Energy PL Matchplay then 6 of us went to the Jamie Langfield testimonial game at pittodrie against Brighton which AFC won 1-0
Marian and I have been up at Skibo castle for a couple of days break with the Morrisons and the Reids , we've had a great time cycling , and golfing - playing 5 holes foresomes swapping partners each day which has been a great laugh , we head home tomorrow morning probably half a stone heavier !!
Last two days I've hit balls in the mornings at PLGC working mainly on taller posture at address , I've also had some interviews in the afternoon for next weeks Saltire Energy PL Matchplay which is really starting to take shape. I popped over to Murcar Links yesterday afternoon and was very impressed how the whole place looks , the hospitality units ,players lounge, etc are all up and looking great , the course also looked in perfect shape and now it's getting close we're all excited
Played and hit it nicely today but struggled on the greens again to shoot 73+1 (to finish -5 for the week and in 40th position). I'm a biT frustrated and disappointed right now but there are positives to take from the week , the support this week has been through the roof and as always The Open was a great experience. Congrats to Zach Johnson who is the Champion Golfer of the Year
Shot 74+2 which wasn't quite what I had in mind , my ball striking wasn't great and I struggled a bit on the greens but I was -1 after 11 and missed from 3 feet on 12 for birdie then 3 putted 13 , my head was bursting after that which was disappointing but always been a part of the game I've struggled witH. I made double bogey at 17 from just short of the green in 2. Again the support was amazing ,both Marc and I loved it but both wish we had scored a bit lower
We re-started this morning at 7am but it was blowing a gale which resulted in us only playing one hole, which was frustrating but the wind was blowing the balls on the greens which is unplayable. We sat around all day waiting but we didn't re start until 6pm. I shot 70-2 to be -8 overall only 2 shots back heading into the weekend , I putted very nicely tonight holing 2 or 3 putts to keep it going. The fans were again amazing cheering me off every tee and onto every green today, can't thank them enough