It is always disappointing to miss the cut but obviously when it's by one shot it makes it more frustrating. This is not an excuse but I was feeling pretty rough after two sleepless nights. I messed up on the 14th and 15th holes, playing those in three over par after getting myself into a reasonable position with five holes to go.
Marian and I were at Balgownie playing fields to watch Michael play in a trial game for AFC under 11s. The boys were playing against Celtic who won both games easily.
JWC 2RD 76+73=149 (+3)Level par 73 today which should have been a few lower. I was -2 for the day with five holes to play and only hit one poor shot at the 5th which was my 14th, I was heavily punished for it and ended up making a double bogey. I slept very little last night and I probably felt a little worse than yesterday, I still have a terrible headache. I'm not sure if three over will make the cut but I am heading home and I can always go back down in the morning.
JWC 1RD 76 (+3)I had an awful night last night, I have a fever and a cold which meant I didn't get much sleep. I shot 3 over and played ok but like everyone else I missed a lot of putts but it is also very windy. The greens are very wet so not at their best.
KLM Open 4RD 71+66+70+70=277 (-3) T32
70 today which was as usual made up of a lot of really good golf but some awful stuff as well. My good is very good but my bad is atrocious. It was quite windy again but the scoring seems to be good.
The Paul Lawrie Foundation is again proud shirt sponsors of the FDS 14's who's season began today. Unfortunately the boys lost 5 -2 to Cove but I think you will agree they look great in their new kit.
KLM Open 3RD 71+66+70=207 (-3)A very mixed bag today with birdies, bogeys and a double at the 9th. I played really good on the back nine to salvage level par but overall I'm a little disappointed with 70. Good result for the Dons today though.
KLM Open 2RD 71+66=137 (-3)
I was 66 today and played good, it was very easy and simple which was nice. It probably could have been a few less but I'm not one to complain! Darren Clarke played really well and did himself no harm for a pick for Ryder Cup and Nick Dougherty was so unlucky with the putter.
I was disappointed with yesterday's Daily Record headline regarding the question I was asked about Monty getting a pick from Faldo. The headline was typical of the press but I should know better, I suppose.
KLM Open 1RD 71 (+1)I was two under with three holes to go then hit the ball sideways coming in. How many times has that happened over the last few years!! I played good enough for the first 15 holes to be in contention then played awful to finish, so so frustrating. Still no suitcase has arrived from KLM, shocking service but do they care......NO!
SAS Masters 2RD 72+72=144 (+4)Two over 72 again today. I got off to a bad start with bogeys at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, I then had loads of chances but just couldn't get any putts to drop. My short game was unusually poor this week, so it's a weekend off which is never good. I can't get home tonight so I'll get an early flight in the morning.
SAS Masters 1RD 72 (+2)It turned out to be a disappointing day but with 6 holes to go I was -1 and playing ok but I made 3 bogeys coming in which was a pity. The conditions were tough this morning with heavy rain showers and a strong breeze blowing. I have been trying to shorten my backstroke with the putter which makes it hard to get the pace on the long putts. I misjudged a few today, it's a good job I'm a patient man!!
Today we held the first Paul Lawrie Foundation Team Challenge at The Carrick which was sponsored by Barclays Commercial. The was a Ryder Cup style match with 2 team of 20 players. I captained my team which was made up of my Junior Golf Programme sponsors and we played against a Barclays Commercial team captained by Bernard Gallacher. The day went extremely well and it was played in great spirit and the weather was superb. My thanks go to Derek Weir and his team at Barclays, also to Bernard Gallacher for giving up his time and to Hector Emslie and his team at Golfers Scotland and finally to everyone at the Carrick for looking after us so well.
Derek Weir and I holding the Team Challenge Trophy
Bernard and myself on the 1st Tee
I hit balls early this morning and then went to watch Craig train with his FDS team at Kaimhill. It was then home for a quick bite of lunch then down to Carnoustie to watch the second 18 holes in the Final of the Scottish Amateur Championship. I . Craig came with me and we both enjoyed watching a match played in great spirit and high quality. I mentioned to Callum in my speech that only the good looking and talented win at Carnoustie!!
We got back from Aviemore last night, we all had a great time and the weather was superb. We managed to pack in so much into 4 days.
Today the boys and I played along with their cousin Sean in the 4th annual Aberdeen Former Players golf day at Deeside. We had 79 stableford points as a team, so the boys did well. Well done to Duncan Davidson and everyone involved in the organising what was a fantastic day.