This week is always one of my favourite weeks of the year. Royal birkdale is one of the very best in the world and again it did not disappoint. I shot 70 on Thursday which was disapointing as I hit it really nice but missed quite a few short putts. Right from the off on Friday I was poor and ended up shooting 79 which is so disapointing but I really struggled and didn't deserve any less. We managed to get a flight home on Friday night as its always good to get straight home after missing a cut. I felt pretty close on Thursday but miles away on Friday who ever said this game is frustrating knew what he was on about. Congrats to Jordan Spieth who is the Champion Golfer of the Year. As always, The Open Championship was a huge success. Thanks to the many volunteers who work very hard all week.
Had my first look at Royal Birkdale this morning and was very impressed with the course. The whole place is looking awesome and you would be hard pressed to find a better lay out anywhere. We played with young Scottish amateur Connor Syme who looks the real deal to me and also a lovely lad. Michael and I have rented an apartment in Birkdale Village, which is only 5 mins from the course, which is handy.
Another missed cut this week with rounds of 77+76 +9 ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡
Really struggled both days which is frustrating as Scottish Open is one of my favourite weeks of the year. Massive thanks to AAM , Visit Scotland and all other sponsors who make the Scottish Open the special week that it is.
Very enjoyable afternoon today playing with Val , Dan and Bill at Dundonald links. It was a beautiful day with little or no breeze all day. I jumped straight in a courtesy car to head to STV studios in Glasgow to film an interview about this week and golf in general.
This is always a day I really look forward to and again it did not disappoint. This year I challenged Nicolas Colsearts from Belgium, who was one of my team mates at the Ryder cup in Medinah. We played PLGC Ardoe first, which ended all square, then headed out to PLGC Inchmarlo, which ended with me winning by 2holes. Both Centres were in fantastic condition and it was great to see so many people walking round. Massive thanks to Eric Herd from Farmfoods for again sponsoring the Challenge Match and of course thanks to Nico for playing and being brilliant all day. As always, the staff at both centres were brilliant.
Dubai duty free Irish open 69+73 MC
Thursday was a lovely day with only a slight breeze. I shot 69 which should have been a few less but overall I hit it good. Friday I struggled all day off the tee which makes it tough to score, shot 73, which again should have been way less but scoring skills not quite there at the moment. Cut came at -4 which was about right as course gives you plenty of chances and the weather was decent for a links. Portstewart is magnificent and really hope we go back there at some point. Crowds as always in Ireland were brilliant. Well done everyone at the European Tour and the Rory Foundation on a top event
Marian and I were staying at Scone Palace in the apartment with the Reids and the Morrisons. We all bought it in the auction at the Stephen Gallacher foundation dinner. The Apartment has three very nice bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room. We were there on Monday and Tuesday and all had a really good time
We stopped off at Montrose on the way home to watch Craig play his second round in the Europro tour event. He played nicely to shoot 68 (-3) to be -6 overall and just outside top 20 with the final round tomorrow
I was down at Dundonald Links on Tuesday morning for the Scottish Open media day. We left the house at 5 30am as it was starting at 9am. We did some filming of me playing a few holes then had some pictures followed by short clinic on the range. I spoke to the press before heading back up the road, Dundonald will be a really good venue and I hope loads of spectators pop along for the week.
Michael and I flew down to London on Tuesday morning , I hit some balls on the range then chipped and putted before the players meeting in the evening , Wednesdays pro am was my first look at the revamped wentworth and I've got to agree with all the positive comments as I thought they've done a really good job , the silly mega deep bunkers have gone and also some of the greens have been flattened and brought back to how they used to be.
I shot 72-75 +3 to miss the cut by one shot which was frustrating but TBF I struggled a bit so don't really have any complaints. It was good to play with Padraig Harrington again as I always really enjoy his company. We flew home on Saturday morning, quick shower and change of clothes and it was straight to PLGC to work away on the game
After hitting a few hundred balls at PLGC it was home to watch Aberdeen v Celtic in this years Scottish cup final at Hampden. I thought it was a really good game with Celtic deserving to win but all credit to the lads as they couldn't have given any more but Celtic were dominant in the final 30 mins and always looked like scoring. Might have been a different story if the Kenny Mclean chance had gone in but you can always say that. Congrats to everyone involved on the AFC display at the start as it looked great and must have taken hours to set up.
PLGC Inchmarlo Foundation event
I was out at Inchmarlo yesterday morning firstly to play a few holes with Craig and Michael , then I watched some of our stableford kids tee off from the first before I had to head back into town for meetings The course at Plgc Inchmarlo was looking great and also nice to see the shop etc looking so well , Reece and the boys are doing a fine job out there keep it up lads
I was down in St Andrews on Wednesday and Thursday to do 2 golf days for UPS staff and customers. We played at Kingsbarns on Wednesday then the Castle course on Thursday. We stayed at the Old Course which, as always, was awesome, we also had dinner at the R&A clubhouse last night which everyone really enjoyed. The weather was perfect with no wind and pretty hot , it was my first time doing any work for UPS which was very enjoyable. Big thanks to everyone for making it so much fun and I hope you all enjoyed the experience.
Last week was a little frustrating but overall not to disapointing as I haven't played much competitive golf. I struggled a bit off the tee, which was strange as that part of my game has improved hugely over the years but last week was poor. As always, I enjoyed playing in Portugal even though the weather at times was more like back home.
We are playing the Open de Portugal this week at Morgado golf resort. Michael and I flew from Edinburgh on Monday afternoon direct to Faro. We are staying onsite which is very nice. The course is very open with little or no rough so scoring should be low unless it blows. I shot 72-1 this morning which was about right as I missed a few putts and struggled a bit with the driver. The weather has been iffy with some really heavy showers and a strong breeze.
It was great to see Craig had shot -7 for first two rounds in Ireland on Europro tour this week.
Fairmont St. Andrews
Craig and I were playing the Big johnsons Tour event at Fairmont St. Andrews this morning so we stayed at the Fairmont last night. It was very windy and with the tees being all the way back the course played pretty long , I shot level par 71 to win by one shot from Peter Whiteford.
We were up at Skibo castle for a few days this week which was brilliant fun , it was also Craig's 22nd birthday !! Where has time gone eh.....?
We played golf , went on push bikes and had great fun on the quad bikes , we always have a blast up there it really is a beautiful place to spend some time
Marian and I were invited to the JDRF ball on Saturday by Eddie Morrison , it was a really good night with lots of money raised for a very worthy cause
Marian and I were up in Turriff yesterday to attend the Morrison motors open day. After lunch at Celebrations, I did 2 clinics in the afternoon for guests and customers. Brian and Eddie wanted to show everyone the changes and improvements to the garage over the years so decided to have an open weekend of fun, it was really good with everyone enjoying themselves
I was up at Morrison Motors Turriff this morning to attend their first business breakfast. they had around 170 people at the garage for a lovely breakfast followed by 5 speakers who all had a connection with Turriff or the surrounding area. It was very enjoyable and a great turnout for Eddie and Brian , congrats to everyone involved as it went very smoothly indeed
I'm just back from playing three events on the Portugal pro tour which was in Lisbon. Craig has played in them the last two years so I decided to go with him to get some tournament golf before heading back on tour. Michael came with me to caddie as he's going to caddie for me this year until he goes to Stirling university in September. The tour is very well run and I would highly recommend any professional looking for some competitive winter golf to give it a try. I played nicely in spells but again putted poorly to finish 9th, 5th and 3rd in the three events but it was ideal to get some competitive golf with some sun on our backs.