I flew to Portugal on Tuesday afternoon as we invited 11 other pros to take part in a 36 hole event at pestana vila sol which was very nice and the course was in good condition , our foundation paid everyone's expenses and put up a small prize fund , I felt it was a perfect time for us to take away some guys to play a competitive tournament , we had a practice round on the Wednesday then played 18 holes each day on Thursday and Friday , we had a good mix of young and experienced pros with everyone having a great time
I was down in Manchester yesterday at the pga north region lunch , I took part in a Q&A for the guests which was good fun,
I hit balls at PLGC this morning then went to pittodrie with young Michael to watch aberdeen win 3-0 against a pretty poor Hamilton on the day , we played very well in the second half and could easily have scored a few more goals
I played at Buckpool this morning in the North East alliance which was a little cold first thing but again really nice , I hit it really good again and shot 64-6 which was nice , I played with foundation manager Michael Macdougall and my oldest loon Craig who did well to shoot 70 after being +4 after 8 holes , Buckpool was in fantastic condition for this time of year, today will probably be my last alliance of the season as I start my tour campaign in early January, massive thanks to the two Davy's who run the alliance and do a very good job for everyone
We have recently taken back the coffee shop at PLGC and have re named it Clarets coffee shop many thanks to d2 marketing who designed our new logo
I was at Hazlehead primary school this morning to meet the kids and take part in a Q&A which was really good fun with some fantastic questions , I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did I have kept myself pretty busy with hitting balls at Plgc every morning then heading home after lunch to do some gym work which has been really good , I feel much better about stuff and feel good about next year
I played at Newburgh today in the north east alliance , again we were lucky with the weather apart from one big shower playing the last hole , I shot 66-6 which was the most it could have been as I had 32 putts but the positive is I hit it really good again from tee to green , the course was in very good condition and was back tees and summer greens again which is great
I played at Buckpool this morning with son Craig, foundation manager Michael Macdougall and Greg Mcbain in the north east alliance, I hit it nicely and putted lovely to shoot 63-7 which was a good effort , the course was in very good condition as well as back tees and summer greens , I've played some nice golf at Buckpool over the years and always enjoy playing there
At night Marian and I were invited by Stewart Spence to an evening at the Marcliffe with Stewart doing a Q&A which was very good and raised a lot of money for Cornerstone
I was at Murcar Links to announce our new Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie matchplay event on next years European Tour , it will be straight knockout format for the top 64 players in category ranking , Huge thanks to Mike Loggie of Saltire Energy who will be our main sponsor also thanks to Murcar Links for providing the course and 4sports & entertainment who will promote the event , it's something I've always wanted to do so it's very exciting to see it announced
I have been hitting a lot of balls at PLGC since I got home from my trip to Asia , mainly working on getting my hands lower at impact and keeping right heel on ground longer which will help me get club more out front , I have also been in the gym a lot at home and certainly feel like I'm turning it round Marian and I were at pittodrie today to watch Aberdeen lose 2-1 to Celtic , it was almost a full house which created a good atmosphere , it was sickening to lose a late goal as 1-1 would have been fair
I played in the north east alliance this morning at Cruden bay with Grieg Hutcheon , Michael Macdougall and Craig , I really struggled shooting 72+3 , hutch was 66-3 , Craig 70+1 and Michael 77 nett 70 , the course was excellent especially the greens , the weather was ok apart from a heavy shower towards the end
I've been hitting balls most days at PLGC and have managed to play a few holes and spend some time in the gym , yesterday along with my son Craig, mate Alan Reid and foundation manager Michael MacDougall we played 9 holes at Castle Stuart then went up to Dingwall to watch Ross county v Aberdeen, the weather was awful which was a pity but I still enjoyed the day especially as we managed to get 3 points , many thanks to chairman Roy Mcgregor and everyone at Ross county for looking after us.
Jet lag has been a killer as usual and have been wide awake really early in the mornings since I got back , I played in the north east alliance at peterculter this morning with Craig and my nephew Sean , my back has been pretty sore the last two days but I managed to play and shot 67-4 which was good effort , peterculter was in fantastic condition and probably the best greens I've putted on in any alliance
I left Aberdeen last Monday evening to play in three golf days for Aberdeen Asset Management , the first one was in Sydney last Thursday it was my first time in Oz for years which I really enjoyed , next we flew to Tokyo on the Friday to play on the Saturday again I hadn't been in Japan for years so again it was great to spend time there , finally we flew to South Korea for our final day on the Sunday it's a place I've been a wee bit over the years , the course in Korea had four courses on site two of them floodlit and was very busy , we arrived home last night a bit knackered but it's been a fantastic week which thankfully everyone enjoyed #sponsorsdream , massive thanks to all Aberdeen asset staff and customers especially Douglas Connon who accompanied me on the trip.
We didn't hit a shot yesterday due to all the weather delays so it was a pretty long day. I teed off on Saturday morning for my second round at 8.50am and of course it was raining. Again I hit a lot of greens and hit a lot of good putts but really struggled to score - I three putted the last to shoot 69 (-2) which missed the cut by by one shot which is unbelievably frustrating but about right for how things are going at the moment.
Some heavy showers this morning but with no rough scoring this week was always going to be low. I had it -3 after 12 but a snap-hook OB at 13 and a three putt at 14 meant I shot a very poor level par 71. I drove it awful pretty much all day with the club stuck in behind me causing blocks and hooks. I hit some balls after my round and hopefully got it sorted out. Marian is with me this week along with Alan & Val Reid and Brian & Audrey Morrison, which has been good fun. Let's hope the weather improves!
I had Martin Gilbert from Aberdeen Asset Management as my amatuer partner again , we started at Kingsbarns then The Old Course then Carnoustie , Martin missed the cut on a card count back which was disappointing as he'd played well but wasn't to be this year , I finished on -10 which was good enough for 18th place which is much more like it , I hit a lot of greens this week and putted nicely but didn't hole enough , but the signs are more positive and I feel Ive turned the corner , huge congrats to Oliver Wilson on his first win on the European tour after 9 second place finishes over the years , also thanks to Dunhill for another wonderful event.
This week we are in St. Andrews for the Dunhill links championship which is one of my favourite events of the year , I am again playing with Aberdeen Asset Management chief executive and good friend Martin Gilbert , I shot 69-3 this morning which is a decent start but I left a few shots out there and three putted the final two greens which leaves a nasty taste but overall it was a decent enough score as it as breezy.
Craig had another top ten this week at the Tomatin pro am up north which is great to see his hard work beginning to pay off , that's 4th and 7th in his last two events.......... well done pal.
I was first out this morning with Jamie mcleary at 07 21am it was nice but a wee bit cold ( then play better !!) birdied the first which was nice but reached the turn in +2 nae so nice , hit it much better on back nine -3 to finish with 70-1 , Jamie had a triple and a double on the back nine and still shot 69-2 he played lovely , we were round in just over 3 hours with neither of us rushing it was a perfect pace all day , my flight home is from Bristol at 1 30pm then it's straight to deeside as its our foundation junior open and flag finals day
I hit balls for a while yesterday afternoon and thought Davy had spotted something to help with the driver but again I struggled off the tee today with only 5 fairways hit , I shot 74+3 which was extremely harsh as I again hit some lovely iron shots but 34 putts and a double bogey at the last makes it impossible to score any better , I hit the pin at 18 from the green side bunker and it came straight back in the bunker even for me that's unlucky !! , it's just not happening at the moment hopefully it will turn around soon
It was a nice 3-0 win for the Dons today at pittodrie well done lads.
It was an early start of 7 55am this morning from the 11th tee , we had some showers and a bit of wind which made it a bit tougher than yesterday , I really struggled off the tee again but hit some lovely iron shots , I also hit a lot of really nice putts but again holed very few but my stroke has really improved , I shot 71 to finish on +1 which made the cut on the mark
Shot 72+1 today which as usual was the most it could have been by quite a few shots , very disappointing finish with taking a double bogey 7 at the 18th , didn't drive it very well but hit a lot of very good iron shots