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Sunday 31st August 2008
I slept a wee bit better last night but I still feel pretty poor...........'man flu' Marian tells me. We were at Craigs FDS game this morning where they lost 3-2 to Stonehaven. Craig scored one but it's a pity to loose both opening games of the season. We watched the Old Firm game at home which as always was a lively tussle. The boys played 9 holes at Deeside late afternoon, I just walked round then we had tea in the clubhouse which was very good as always.
Saturday 30th August 2008

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.

Friday 29th August 2008

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.
Thursday 28th August 2008

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.
Wednesday 27th August 2008
I played at 9am this morning in the pro am, it was windy with some showers. I had planned to go to watch Aberdeen play Ayr tonight but I had a terrible headache so I decided against it. I play at 1.20pm tomorrow with David Howell and Bradley Dredge, who are both good guys.
Tuesday 26th August 2008
We are at Gleneagles this week for the Johnnie Walker Championship which is always a really good event. I am playing nine holes today with Mark Loftus who I haven't seen for a while.......I need some pocket money! There's a lot of talk about Faldo's two picks for the Ryder Cup, I would pick Darren Clarke and who ever is the highest player in the world rankings not already qualified. I thought Big D played really well last week and he was in a good frame of mind.
Sunday 24th August 2008

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.

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FDS 14's

Saturday 23rd August 2008

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.
Friday 22nd August 2008

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.

Thursday 21st August 2008

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!
Wednesday 20th August 2008
Still no suitcase!! I played in the pro am this morning at 8.15am, we had some heavy rain showers but the course is in awesome condition. There was also a strong wind which made it quite tricky. The forecast is not great this week, so patience is going to be key. I play at 7.50am tomorrow with Darren Clarke and Nick Dougherty.
Tuesday 19th August 2008
My flight to Amsterdam was delayed an hour this morning because of bad weather. The captain announced that they had to off load some bags in order to take off and guess who's bag was one of those. I went shopping this afternoon to buy some socks, shirts etc, KLM said my suitcase probably wouldn't arrive until Wednesday night. I went to the course but it was extremely windy so I spent the time chipping and putting.
Friday 15th August 2008

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.
Thursday 14th August 2008

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!!
Wednesday 13th August 2008
I played in the pro am this afternoon, the course is very wet after days of heavy rain but it's in good condition. We teed off at 1pm in the shotgun which was ideal as I went up early this morning to practise.
Tuesday 12th August 2008
I flew into Stockholm this afternoon via Amsterdam. I'm looking forward to getting back playing after three weeks off the tour. We had a really good time with the boys, we played a lot of golf as both Craig and Michael have the golf bug at the moment. I have three tournaments in a row now, the SAS Masters, KLM Open and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Monday 11th August 2008
Congratulations to my pal Alistair Forsyth for his top 10 finish at the US PGA last week. I'm sure he will be chuffed to bits with his week's work.....but what about Padraig? Back to back Majors is a fantastic achievement. The putts he holed down the stretch and the guts he showed was brilliant. His short game was definately the difference and it is a lesson for all of us at just how important that part of the game is.
Saturday 9th August 2008
Team Lawrie played in the Pro cel am at Peterculter this morning in the most awful weather which was tough for the boys but again they did well to shoot -4 as a team. I shot 68 -3 which was pretty good in the conditions. We are off to Pittodrie this afternoon, hopefully to see the first home win of the season.
Friday 8th August 2008
We were all up in Turriff today to play in their pro am but before the golf we all had lunch at Celebrations which was superb. The boys were my team again and they played really well and shot 13 under par which I thought was really good because the maximum handicap is 18. I played very nicely shooting 62 -8 to win. The course was in magnificient condition and everyone looked after us so well. My putting was a lot better today, I worked on shortening my backstroke over the last few days which worked a treat.
Wednesday 6th August 2008
We were at Deer Park yesterday to play in the Deer Park Masters. John Muir who owns the course and tournament had invited me to play a few weeks ago. Craig, Michael and their cousin Sean played with me as my pro am team. My ball striking was good but I left too many out on the course with the putter, I finished with a 69. Unfortunately the second round was cancelled today because of heavy rain which was a pity as the boys and I were out putting till dark last night!!
Monday 4th August 2008

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.

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Derek Weir and I holding the Team Challenge Trophy

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Bernard and myself on the 1st Tee

Saturday 2nd August 2008

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!!

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Friday 1st August 2008

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.