Today has been great fun!!! 4.30am alarm to catch the 6.40am flight to Heathrow then onto Madrid. I missed the connection to Seville by 15mins, next flight 7 hours later aarrgghhh!! The joys of travel eh?
PS My suitcase never arrive! They had 7 hours and still it doesn't arrive..........BA/Iberia business class typical, awful service!!
Yesterday, Marian and I were up at Skibo Castle to spend the day with some members playing in their opening event of the season. I gave a clinic for an hour and then spent some time out on the course with them. We all had dinner in the Castle and I did a Q & A. Huge thanks to my old pal David Thomson and all the members and staff for making it great fun, it really is a fantastic place to spend time.
Yesterday was our Foundation sponsors golf day at Loch Lomond. We played it as a 5 team pro am with myself, Robbie Stewart, Peter Smith, David Law and Philip McLean as the pros. We left the Marcliffe at 8am on the First Group bus named after me and of course we stopped at the Wild Bean cafe outside Dundee for a coffee and a cookie. It was really windy but dry and the course was in good condition. The whole day was very well organised by everyone at Loch Lomond. My team of Nick Robson, Tim O'Toole and Gary Leslie ran out winners. My thanks to all the sponsors who attended, I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.....it was a great laugh all day.
We had John Huggan up all day today finishing up bits for my book, which is looking good!
I arrived home last night, the flight felt very long as it was during the day so I never slept a wink. I was in the gym at 5am this morning and hit balls at Deeside. I then had a meeting in town and was at the Sports Village to present an award and speak with some press and tv. We had lunch at home and I spent some time chipping at the house.
I shot 68 -4 again today to finish -13 for the week, which should finish top twenty. Today was very similar to Friday and Saturday where I feel I left some shots out on the course, which is frustrating but I've never met a golfer who feels any different! The good news is I'm hitting it awesome, certainly with the driver. I've just left the course in a courtesy car to drive to Beijing airport where I'm staying tonight before flying home tomorrow at 11am. I have next week off then the Spanish Open.
Good win for the Dons yesterday, well done lads after the disappointment of the Scottish Cup semi final.
There was very little wind today so scoring was always going to be good as the course is quite wide off the tees. I hit it good again and shot 68 -4, which didn't feel very good as it was pretty easy out there but you still have to hole the putts. I finished with two birdies, which was nice and that will hopefully set us up for a low one tomorrow.
It was really cold and windy this morning so 67 -5 was a great effort. I hit it really solid all day and holed out very well, which is something you must do in that weather as you're always going to have 4 or 5 footers to hole. No practise this afternoon, just back to the hotel to relax.
I played really good today 13/14 fairways and 16/18 greens but when you have 34 putts it's impossible to shoot low. I really struggled with the putter all day and then holed from 6 feet and 25 feet on the final two greens, so hopefully that will get us going but I hit it really nicely, which is good. Shot 72 so need a low one tomorrow morning.
I played the pro am at 11.30am this morning with three guys from Thailand who have a bus company in Bangkok and were guests of Volvo. I hit it really poorly, which was a bit of a shock as I've been striking it nice but better today than tomorrow.
Fantastic win for David Law yesterday in Morocco on the EPD tour. His first win as a professional. Well done pal.
I was up at the course early this morning and had breakfast with Kennie Ferrie and then played 9 holes. The course seems pretty new but is in good condition and is a good layout. The greens are pretty slow, which could be in case it gets windy as it is very exposed. I went to the range for a while and worked on a few things and had a session on the trackman with one of the Taylor Made guys who fitted me for a new rbz driver. After some chippping and putting I headed back to the hotel for a nap.
This week I am in China for the Volvo China Open. I left on Sunday morning and arrived at 9.30am Monday through Heathrow. The bus journey from the airport to the hotel took 2.5 hours on a really old rickety bus......lovely. The bus driver decided to change his footwear in the fast lane and Marian thinks my driving is bad!!
I have just woken up, I've slept most of the day and it's now 12am, just ordered toast and coffee.
Paul Lawrie Foundation Scottish Boy's Championship Final
Myself and the boys were at Murcar today for the final of the Scottish Boy's, it was a little cold and there were some heavy showers but overall it was a good links day. The morning 18 holes was a close affair with Craig Howie holding a slender 1up lead. We stayed in the clubhouse to watch the semi final of the football from Hampden, which was a disappointing game and result. When we caught up with the final at the 10th hole young Howie had raced into a 7up lead and ran out the winner by 7&6. Huge congrats to Craig Howie and commiserations to Ewen Scott the runner up, both boys played well in tough condiltions. Many thanks to everyone at Murcar Golf Club and the SGU for a very well run tournament.
Photo courtesy of Kenny Smith Photography
We were away for a couple of days with the boys, which was great and the weather was nice. I had a few meetings today and I was also over at Murcar for a BBC radio interview which will go out on Sunday morning. I also popped in to see Stewart Spence at the Marcliffe for a coffee on the way home. I will be at Murcar all day tomorrow for the final of the Scottish Boy's and hopefully I will also manage to watch the football COYR
We were at Murcar this morning to watch our youngest loon play in the Scottish Boy's Championship. It was a miserable morning with some heavy showers and a stiff breeze. Michael was one up after 10 holes but unfortunately struggled on the back nine to lose 4 & 2. Well done to his opponent Aaron McManus and good luck for the rest of the week. With Craig loosing yesterday it's not been great for the boys but it's good experience for them. I spoke to the press after lunch then we headed home.
Huge congratulations to Bubba Watson for winning the Masters, he's a little different but a big talent which will be good for the game.
Photo courtesy of Kenny Smith Photography
Huge disapointment today played poorly and really struggled with pitching and putting. Shot 76 to finish +1 for the week which is a pity as I've played some good golf this week but today was awful. But it was nice to play in the Masters again just a real pain in the a** to finish like that.
Very, very frustrating today as I played really good and missed 8 putts inside 10 feet. I shot 72 again to be 3 under overall and just outside the top ten so still in a very good position but really should have been quite a few shots less. I played with Bubba Watson today which was good fun especially seeing how far he carries the ball with driver. At 13 today he hit it up and over the left hand trees and hit 8 iron over the green he pitched it 335 yards off the tee there. I hadn't played with him before so wasn't sure what he'd be like but he was cool and we chatted all day.
It was quite a bit cooler today and with the wind from a different direction and a bit stronger it was tricky. I hit it good on front nine but again struggled with the speed on a couple of greens to turn in +1. I came back in -1 thanks to birdies at the final three holes which was a nice finish to keep us in there for the weekend which is cool.
Fore please Paul Lawrie now driving........ Is the coolest first tee announcement in golf and its what the starter says for every golfer teeing off at the Masters. The front nine today I hit it nice but struggled with the speed of my putts and turned in +1. The back nine I eagled 13 & 15 and made birdie on seventeen to finish with 69 -3 which is a great start to the week. I had loads of press and tv to do after the round which is never a problem as it means you've done good.
We had a long lie today then headed up to the course at 11am to hit some balls before lunch. I played the back nine which was nice and quiet and pretty wet from more overnight rain. My caddie Davy took Michael over to get his white boiler suit and masters hat so he could caddie in par 3 event but it was cancelled due to lightning and as you can imagine Michael was gutted. We got some pictures with him in his suit so at least that's something. At the 16th hole today I got Michael to come out and skim it from the front of the tee his second attempt finished 15 ft from the hole which was really cool.
I feel I have prepared really well this week so there's no more I can do. Be patient would help!!!!!
I played the front nine this morning which apart from the 7th is pretty much the same as last time I played here. In 2004 the seventh was a 3 iron and a lobber today I hit driver then a 6 iron which is quite a difference. After overnight rain the course was a bit soft in places but of course its in fantastic condition. This afternoon we were at The Patch which is a municipal course in Augusta that a friend of ours Brian Hendry has recently taken over and where Ronnie Mcdonald is his pro. The weather was again pretty hot today which is nice.
We eventually arrived into Augusta at midnight as the flight from London was delayed just over an hour. Our rented house for this week is very nice and is around 10 mins from the course.
We got up to the course at 8am this morning and after sorting out our badges etc. I hit some balls and played 9 holes. The new practise facilities are very very good and so much better than before. I played the back nine the course was a little soft but will firm up really quick as it was pretty hot today. I spent some time on the putting green in the afternoon working on speed as that is the key this week and of course patience.