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Sat 13th Sept

I hit balls all morning at PLGC then headed home to watch the Aberdeen v Celtic game on Sky.   I thought we were a wee bit unlucky with the first goal but played well in the second half.  Overall Celtic deserved to win.   Craig and I then played 18 holes at Deeside then met Marian for supper.

KLM Open 2RD

Hit it lovely today and was -3 for the day after 14 holes to be two under for the event , the 6th is a very short par 4 but I managed to take a triple bogey 7 then bogeyed all of the last three holes , incredible as it came out of nowhere but I didn't lose the plot just hit a couple of poor shots that I got punished severely for , actually hit it pretty good today but that's golf , home tonight dust myself off and get on with it next week

KLM Open 1RD

Got off to a nice start -1 after 5 holes then really struggled especially with short game and found myself +3 after 13 , then birdied 14+15 to finish with 71+1 , we had a large delay as fabrizio zanotti was hit on the head by another players ball and had to be taken to hospital , thankfully he's ok , the delay meant we had to finish our round on Friday morning.

Wed 10th Sept

I flew to Amsterdam this morning for this weeks KLM Dutch open which is always a really good event , I play early afternoon tomorrow

Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th Sept

I was at Castle Stuart on Monday and Tuesday this week for a mini pro am involving 4 teams with David Law, Scott Henderson and Greig Hutcheon which raised money for our Foundation.  The weather was fantastic and with each team playing 9 holes with each pro it was really good fun.   We all stayed at the Kingsmill hotel which was again very nice.  Huge thanks to all the guys who took places and of course to Castle Stuart for looking after us so well.  


 

European Masters 4RD

Bit of a mixed bag today with most of it poor but I gave it 100% all day so not much you can do , I shot 72+2 to finish -1 for the week , short game wasn't great this week but greens are small and tricky so not easy to up and down when you miss greens , always nice to play in Crans though loved the week as always.


European Masters 3RD

Played really nice and rolled it awesome on the greens on the front nine to be out in 4 under par , didn't really do much wrong on back nine but managed to make three bogies with no birdies to shoot +3 so finished -1 for the day , pretty poor really as greens are soft and no wind I assume scoring will be very low today as loads of chances out there , I feel I'm getting there slowly just need to keep doing what I'm doing and it will happen soon. 

European Masters 2RD

Got off to a terrible start this afternoon by making double bogey at my first hole but then played lovely  to get it back and shoot 68-2 to make the cut with a shot to spare

European Masters 1RD

Got off to a fantastic start today by making eagle at the first hole and reaching the turn in four under par , I made poor bogey at the 12th and another at sixteen then doubled the last ahhhhhhhhh , horrible way to finish but these things happen , my attitude was again first class today with so many positives on the front nine. I shot 70 level par which was disappointing but not end of the world

Wed 3rd Sept

I wasn't involved in the pro am this morning so I met Davy up at the course early to firstly hit some balls then spend some time putting , after lunch we walked the course to see some of the changes they have made from last year .  Captain Mcginley selected his remaining vice captains this morning which I was not one of to say I'm disappointed would be an understatement but we wish everyone the very best of luck 

I was really pleased to hear Stephen gallachers name read out as a captains pick yesterday lunchtime he deserves it and really hope he enjoys the occasion which I'm sure he will he's a great lad and will bring so much to the team. 

Last few days

Craig and I went to Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon to watch Aberdeen beat Patrick thistle 2-0 I thought AFC played well with both goals good strikes

I played a few holes at Deeside on Sunday then headed home to watch the Italian open I don't watch a lot of golf but wanted to see if Stevie G could finish top 2 to qualify automatically , it was a fantastic effort by Stevie but his 65 was one shot short of qualifying and now requires a wild card which surely he will get from captain Mcginley

I had a few meeting on Monday but managed to hit quite a few balls at Plgc and also spent a few hours at home working on short game

I fly to Switzerland today for the start of three weeks playing its time to get myself back up the rankings and back into the Ryder cup team I feel I have one more big push in me.  Let's hope so

Marian and I handed over a cheque for £5000 to Susan from CLAN yesterday which was half the money raised on our sponsored walk this year.   Huge thanks again to all who donate to make this possible.


Wed 27th Aug

It was our Foundation dinner at the Marcliffe on Monday night which will be the last one held there due to Mr Spence retiring and the hotel closing , Stewart Spence has been unbelievable for Marian and I ever since we first met in the early 90s so we presented him with a rose gold Panerai watch to thank him for all he's done for us and the Foundation over the years , I think he was speechless for the first time in history !! , Richard Gordon was again our MC with Craig Brown and myself speaking with Alex Fleming doing the auction , it was again a great night huge thanks to all our table sponsors and of course all the staff at the Marcliffe for another wonderful meal I have managed to hit quite a few balls this week which has been really good and is starting to feel as though things will improve

Czech Masters 4RD

Got off to a lovely start by hitting two drivers onto first green and making a birdie but a flyer at the second and poor iron shots at the 5th and 7th for bogies meant I turned in +2 which was not exactly what I had in mind , I drove the ball magnificent today hitting 12/14 fairways but irons were poor and holed nothing all day which meant I shot 74+2 which is disappointing but still quite a few positives from this week , I finished in a tie for 23rd which considering I wasn't sure if I could play on Wednesday evening really wasn't too bad , I get home tonight through Frankfurt

Czech Masters 3RD

It was quite a struggle with ball striking today so my 71-1 was a very good effort I thought , There was also a little bit more wind which made it tricky , apart from the double bogey at the 13th I couldn't have been a shot less today attitude was very good and scrambled very well

Poor result for AFC today away to St Johnstone but its early season yet


Czech Masters 2RD

It was very steady today with two birdies and no bogeys , I hit 16 greens in regulation but very few of them were close enough to give me good chances of birdies , I shot 70-2 again to be four under overall and In a decent position heading into the weekend.

Czech Masters 1RD

We had a one hour delay this morning for lightning but once the storm passed it was a pretty nice day , I shot 70-2 which considering my back was pretty stiff I thought it was a good effort , I didn't hit many fairways but was in play pretty much all day , all the work on my putting is starting to pay off as again today I rolled the ball lovely.   The course this week is pretty good but too much rough around the greens makes it a hit and hope which is a pity but overall its a very nice venue.


Wednesday 20 August

Monday

We had our first foundation junior pro am today at Peterculter, David Law, Kris Nicol, Jordan Findlay ,Phillip McLean and ma loon Craig each played with three juniors from the host club. On-course help with course management is something I'm keen for juniors to learn more about which was the reason for the pro ams, all the kids enjoyed it and with more planned for later in the year the idea will hopefully grow  

Tuesday

My flight was 05 35am this morning which is a ridiculous time to fly really but it meant I got to Prague by lunchtime  

Wednesday

I played at 8 30am this morning with three very nice local chaps who were good fun and all decent golfers.  My back has certainly improved but still feels pretty sore when I'm hitting driver so will just need to pop some pills and man up !!!!

Sunday 17th Aug

I was at Murcar Links today to watch Michael play for Deeside in the PL Foundation sponsored "Off the Tee" competition , its a four man team playing foresomes , Deeside played Peterculter in the morning winning by 7 holes overall , they were up against Peterhead in the final who got a bye in the semi final as the Newmachar team didn't turn up !! Deeside played very well winning by 8 holes overall , Michael was joined by Benjamin Henderson, Lewis Anderson and Connor Forbes,  well done lads good effort.

I then had an appointment with the cruncher Gillian Mitchell to sort out my back which was actually much better today.


Made in Denmark

I had to pull out this morning as my back hadn't recovered enough, it felt ok with short irons but as soon as I tried to hit the woods it was hopeless , injuries are part and parcel of sports but it's very frustrating when they happen , I flew to Newcastle last night to watch Craig play his final round of Euro pro event at Slaley Hall , he struggled a bit with ball striking but his short game and putting were sharp and shot 71-1 to finish in a tie for 23rd which will be good for his confidence.   It's very early days for him but he's getting there and enjoying what he's doing , we both flew home on Eastern Airways which only had 4 passengers in total on board which was strange.    I will be taking it easy this weekend to see if I'm fit for next week.

Last few days

Saturday

Craig and I drove down to Loch Lomond this morning for a game with Davy Kenny and my sports psychologist John Mathers , we played the front nine with John giving us some games to work on which was really good , my attitude has been poor for a while so I'll be seeing a bit more of John

 Sunday

Craig and I went to Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen v Dundee United which was a poor result with Utd winning very easily 3-0 , Utd played well but Aberdeen were as poor as I've seen them for a long time but its only the first game of the season and they had played a game on the Thursday night

 Wednesday

I flew to Aalborg via Amsterdam yesterday for this weeks event "Made in Denmark" , I felt my back stiffen up on the flights yesterday so it was no surprise when I woke this morning and struggled to get dressed, I only hit 5 balls on the range and after seeing the tour physios it was obvious I couldn't play in the morning shot gun pro am which is very frustrating as I've been doing a load of work and felt the best I have in ages , but hopefully it will be ok for tomorrow