Flight home on Friday night was full so had to wait until Saturday evening to fly back. My flights were from Shanghai to Honk Kong then onto Heathrow and eventually up the road to Aberdeen. It was good to get playing again this week and as Davy was saying there were a lot of positives to take from it even though the back 9 was disappointing.
My next event will be the Scottish PGA at Gleneagles which starts next Sunday. I haven't played it for a while but I'm really looking forward to it. It'll be good to catch up with guys I played with years ago.
We have a media day on Tuesday for our Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Murcar which is coming along nicely.
I arrived into China on Sunday night for this week's Volvo China Open at Tomson Golf Club in Shanghai.
Round 1 - It was quite breezy in the afternoon and the greens are very firm this week so 73 (+1) was a decent effort considering I haven't played much golf, four under is leading shows how tough it played and was very difficult to get it close but course in great shape.
Round 2 - Flat calm today so scoring was slightly better. I was out in level par but came back in 42 to miss the cut comfortably. I hit a poor wedge shot into 10 into the water to make double bogey then hit some poor shots, maybe rusty but who knows? I had to see the doctor before I played as stomach was painful again so not ideal but no excuses. Flight home was full so a wait til Saturday night to fly home.
Massive thanks as always to Volvo who have been a magnificent supporter of European golf over. A very long period.
I had to pull out of this week's event in China as I got a chest infection while down in Dunbar watching Michael play at the Scottish Boys and the antibiotics I got have given me a slightly upset stomach which is nae ideal on a 12 hour flight!!!
I hit balls today pretty much for the first time in over a week as I also strained my back slightly (sick note). I hit it really good which is the frustrating bit as I was really looking forward to playing this week. I now fly to Shanghai on Sat for next week's Volvo China Open
Craig shot 67-73-68 to finish a very good T7 this week. He will now be fully exempt into all EuroPro events this year which is fantastic. It's been a very good week for the boys. Marian and I are very proud.
Michael was 2up after 10 holes this morning but lost 3&2 which he was disappointed with but knows it's been a really good week for him to reach last 8 which is the furthest he's been on his fourth attempt. He has one more year before he's too old which will be played at Murcar.
Michael has made it to the quarter-finals with two wins today (Thursday) both coming at the 19th hole and two wins yesterday both by 1 hole which is fantastic. Both Marian and I are delighted but it's nae the best on the nerves, as you can imagine. Michael plays again tomorrow morning at 8.45am for a place in the sem-finals
Michael hit it nice and controlled the flight very well in a stiff breeze to win his match 6&4 , the course at Dunbar this week is in fantastic condition and a really good layout for matchplay golf
This week Marian and I are at Dunbar with Michael who is playing in the Scottish Boys. With Michael not starting till Tuesday, he played at Gullane no 1 today with Sam Locke , Michael Macdougall and my caddie Davy Kenny , I was going to play but I hurt my back a few days ago so I just walked round , it was ideal for myself and Davy to have a good look at the course which will Host the Scottish open in July , it was in very good condition indeed with some nice holes on it , Michael had his first hole in one at the 13th which was awesome to see , he plays at 11 30am tomorrow
I was out at hill of Banchory primary school this morning for a couple of hours with two primary 3 classes , we had a Q&A with them all then I signed autographs and had a pic with each of them , the kids and staff were brilliant I hope they enjoyed my visit
I was at Plgc this morning with our PLF team of golfers firstly to have a look at their short games for an hour then to play 9 holes , we spent about an hour working on all aspects of the short game which was worthwhile , then we threw the balls up on the first tee with myself and Sam Locke loosing by 1 hole to our Michael and Adam fisher with Michael birdieing the final two holes little ****. Lol , we then had a bite of lunch at Clarets
Have been pretty busy this week with hitting balls in the morning at Plgc then short game and gym at home in the afternoons , also had a few meetings re saltire energy matchplay and last night alan Reid and I were invited to the Turriff Utd v cove Rangers game by Aberdeenshire shield sponsors Morrison motors up in Turriff , it finished 2-1 to Turriff after extra time
We flew to Faro from Glasgow on Tuesday morning as we were playing at Penina hotel and golf resort in our second PLF pro series , this time we invited 19 pros to play 54 holes. The weather was superb as was the venue with the course being a good test and in good condition , many thanks to everyone at Penina for looking after us superbly well and of course to Michael Macdougall for organising us all week , scoring was a bit mixed as you'd expect as some of the boys havnt played much golf , David Law and I tied for first on -8 with the top ten players receiving prize money , the foundation covered accommodation ,green fees and food for the week , I hope all the boys enjoyed it as I certainly did
Rhein golf show
I was in Düsseldorf last Thursday and Friday at the Rhein golf show with caledonia putters , I was on their stand most of Friday as well as doing a Q&A on the main stage which was all good fun and great to see so many people trying the product
I was down in St. Andrews for a couple of days with Craig , caddie Davy and foundation manager Michael Macdougall , we played the new course on Monday then the jubilee on the Tuesday , mind you we didn't play all the way round either day as it was really cold and blowing a gale !!! , apart from that I have been busy hitting at Plgc and working hard on the short game at the house
Eat on the green
We were out for dinner last Saturday with the Morrisons and the Reids at eat on the green which was the first time we had been there and it was really really nice I would highly recommend it , service and food were top notch
I was at Hazlehead school today for pictures to promote our kid for a quid tickets at our saltire energy Paul Lawrie matchplay at murcar links in July , we had 20 children help us today and they all received a baseball hat with the tournament logo on them
I flew to Singapore on Saturday evening as I had a golf day there for Aberdeen Asset management on Monday , we played at Sentosa which was good fun and of course the weather was perfect , I then flew to Malaysia for golf days on Tuesday and Wednesday firstly for Aberdeen Asset then Hunting , we played them both at Kuala Lumpur golf and country club which again was great fun and pretty hot as you can imagine , I flew home on Wednesday evening arriving Thursday morning
Our youngest son Michael finished his prelims on Monday so I suggested we head up North for a few days with his Granda Bert and Foundation manager Michael MacDougall. We played at Royal Dornoch on Thursday then Nairn on Friday with an overnight stay at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness , both courses were superb for this time of the year and the weather was lovely both days. Huge thanks to everyone for looking after us, we all had a great time
I have been pretty busy this week with meetings with potential sponsors of our Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie matchplay at Murcar Links in late July
We have added Ross Kellett to our stable of players to receive funding from the foundation and will be attached to PLGC , Ross impressed me with his attitude in Portugal recently where we played a 36 hole event , he will play mainly on the European challenge tour this year we wish him all the best
I have managed to hit balls every day and have also been in the gym at home most days which feels good
I decided not to go to Thailand at the last minute as I was only just home after 5 weeks away so wanted this time at home
73+1 today which wasn't exactly what I was looking for but overall I've no complaints , hit it ok first 12 holes but struggled to get it close , then really struggled off the tee coming in, hitting it left quite a bit , there was a little bit more wind today which made it a bit tougher
The course all week was magnificent especially the greens , I fly home in the early hours of tomorrow and have next week off which will be spent working hard with the putter
Hit it lovely on front nine but struggled again on the greens to turn in -1 then missed from 5 feet for birdie on ten before birdieing 11,12,13,14 and 17 to shoot 66-6 and be -10 for the week , hit a lot of really good putts today with looser grip pressure and standing a bit closer to ball , much more like it today but it's been coming for a while
Very solid from tee to green today but 32 putts is to many , struggled with the pace of my stroke today putter felt really quick off the ball so spent a bit of time after the round working on it , was again really hot with no wind