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