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European Masters 2RD 69+66=135 (-7)

This morning before I played I bought myself a new Hublot watch, which I've been looking at for a while.   I played really good again today and shot 66 to be -7 and two shots behind the leader, which is an ideal place to be.

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European Masters 1RD 69 -2

I hit it lovely today and putted good but holed very little to shoot 69 -2, which was decent as it rained most of the way round.   I had loads of birdie chances but lipped out so many times, which was frustrating but I hit a lot of good putts , so no problem.

Wed 29th Aug

I flew from Aberdeen to Amsterdam and then onto Geneva.   Then caught the train to Crans sur Sierre arriving quite late last night.   Over breakfast this morning Thomas Bjorn was telling Davy and I that he cracked his driver last week and unbelievably I hit a few balls this morning and mine cracked.......how spooky is that!   So Davy popped off to the Taylor Made van to get a replacement.   I played the pro am this morning , which was very enjoyable.   The course is looking great.   I had a press conference at 3.30pm and have now come back to the room for a nap as I'm a bit tried..ah ah ah

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Mon 27th Aug

I met David Law at the PLGC to give him a quick short game lesson then I spoke to Tyrone from STV.   I then met with Stewart Spence and Martin Gilbert and then was back over to the centre to meet with the coaches and Robbie about starting the PL Academy.   Then it was home for a wee nap before our Foundation dinner at the Marcliffe.   We had a full house of 320 guests.   It was very good again with Jean van de Velde as our special guest and Willie Allan doing the auction.   Richard Gordon was our MC for the evening and I did my usual bit.   Huge thanks to everyone who took a table and bought auction items, we raised over 40k, which is awesome.   Alan Reid, our son Craig and his pal Ross Powell played and had lunch with Jean, which they all loved.   Huge thanks to Jean for coming all the way over from Hong Kong for us.....top bloke!

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JWC 4RD 68+69+67+68=272 (-16)

I played lovely again today to shoot 68 to finish -16 and win by 4 shots......ye ha!   This week my long game was very good, probably one of my best ever weeks from tee to green.   Huge thanks to all the spectators for walking round and making it so special.   Davy and I had a great time today, neither of us will ever forget the applause walking up the 18th.

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JWC 3RD 68+69+67=204 (-12)

I shot 67 to be -12 and leading by a shot going into tomorrow's final round.   I hit it really good again and managed to stay calm all day.   It's a pity I took five at the last as I was only hitting a 5 iron in there but overall it was a good day.

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JWC 2RD 68+69=137 (-7)

I had a nice little 69 this morning, which gets me to -7 for the tournament.   I hit it good again and had loads of birdie chances.   The only mistake was a wrong club at the 1st hole (our 9th), which was my fault as Davy wanted to hit a wedge but I thought a little 9 iron was the shot, which ended up in the gully behind the green (sorry Davy)  I took three to get down but overall it was a good day especially the eagle at the 9th after a lovely three wood to 25 feet.

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JWC 1RD 68 (-4)

We teed off at 1.15pm so the greens were a little bumpy from the morning players but still much better than in previous years due to the new sub air system.   I hit it really good and shot 68 -4, which was a good score in the afternoon.   I'm just waiting for a burger and chips from room service...ye ha

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Wed 22nd Aug

I played the pro am today at 12.25pm with three very nice guys.  We had a few heavy showers but overall it was a pleasant day.  The changes to the course are good, both 9 and 18 are now better holes.   I spent a bit of time on the putting green when I came off the course.  I am staying in the Gleneagles hotel this week, in one of the suites, which is very nice and much appreciated ....... Thank you Diageo

Tues 21st Aug

I had my fortnightly crunch from Gillian Mitchell at 8 am this morning then I headed down the road to Gleneagles in a lovely white Bentley courtesy of morrisonmotors.co.uk   She really is a beauty.  I had a Ryder Cup fitting for trousers/dinner suit etc at 2pm and a press conference at 3pm with some practise fitted in between.  It was nice to finally say I am in the Ryder Cup.  I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am about that.  It's been a goal of mine all year. 

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Mon 20th Aug

After dropping the boys at Deeside I headed to the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre to welcome our new director of golf, Robbie Stewart as today was his first official day.   We have known Robbie a long time and we're very excited to have him running things for us.   I also had my first lesson at the centre from Andrew Locke who said my feet were aiming left and my shoulders aiming right so I put down alignments sticks to help me.   John Huggan was up all day working and reading through my book with Marian.   It will hopefully be for sale sometime in October.   I had a meeting with Brian Morrison and sold him the ball machine wall for the Morrison Motors logo and I spent a bit of time with Colin Fraser on the short game area as he has been struggling lately.

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Sun 19th Aug

I played 9 holes at PLGC this morning with Craig and Michael.   The course is in great nick and the weather was awesome.  We then headed to Deeside for lunch with Marian and Gill Smith.  I had a very relaxing afternoon at the house, which included  a wee snooze on the couch.  We popped over to visit my Mum for a cup of tea in the evening.  

Sat 18th Aug

I hit balls this morning and putted at the house for ages.   I used the putting arc again, which I use from time to time and it felt better.  Michael and I then drove to Perth to watch Aberdeen v St Johnstone, which was really good as Aberdeen played well and won 2-1

Friday 17th Aug

It was the Saltire Energy Deeside Pro am today......well for 8 holes until torrential rain made the course unplayable.   I teed off at 8.40am with Craig, Michael and Alan Reid but on the 8th green Michael McDougall from the PGA and the greenkeeper told us it had been cancelled and would be re scheduled for the 12th October.   It's a pity as I know how much work goes into these events.

Caroline Hunter (Adam's wife) was up to see us today, which was great.   We took her to the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre to show her round and treated her to a chipper supper from Jumbo's.

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Wed 15th Aug

I played at Trump International Links today in a Pentagon Freight golf day.   There was quite a bit of fog in the morning and it looked like we weren't going to get to play but luckily it cleared just in time.   It was great fun as always with the staff and guests of Pentagon.    The course is very good but understandably needs time to mature and it will be excellent in time.   My thanks to Keith Park from Pentagon who caddied for me, the photographer called him Kevin all day, which was funny.   Thanks to everyone who played, it was a good laugh.

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US PGA 4RD 73+75+71+74=293 (+5)

I got off to a great start today with birdies at the first and second, then had loads of chances but couldn't buy a putt.   I made bogeys at 12 and 13 then birdied 16, missing from 12 feet for eagle.  I then made a triple bogey six at the 17th, my ball was plugged in the lip of the bunker,which there is no relief from this week, the ball would have to have been in the grass.   I had a whack at it but only moved it further underground so I had to take a penalty drop eventually making a six, which was a complete kick in the ********.  I played nicely today but still shot 74........raging absolutely raging!!!!!!

US PGA 3RD 73+75+71=219 (+3)

I shot 71 today with a bit of a mixed bag.   Some lovely golf and some poor shots, some nice putts and some shockers.   There was much less wind and much hotter today so scoring will be better.   I hit a spectator flush on his head today at the 17th with my 4 iron tee shot.   When I went over he was lying flat on the ground with a little blood on his shirt.   I felt awful but we did shout fore so not much you can do but all the same my legs were shaking over my next shot as you feel terrible.   I hope he's ok, he was chatting away to me so fingers crossed (sorry mate if you read my blog)   I signed a glove and a ball for him, its only the second time it has happened to me.....not a nice feeling.

US PGA 2RD 73+75=148 (+4)

There was much more wind today, which made it really tough going.   I shot 75 +3 to be +4 overall.   I teed off from the 10th tee and hit it really good on the back nine but struggled with the putter.   Then on the front nine I hit some poor shots and made some really nice up and downs especially on the last three holes.   Scoring is understandably high with the cut looking like +5

US PGA 1RD 73 +1

I spoke with Bob Rotella again this morning before I teed off.   He said to think about staying calm and to be unflappable which I managed to do until I three putted the tenth green from 25 feet ahhhhhhhhhhh.   But overall my attitude was slightly better.  I just struggled to score again as I hit some really nice shots today but it was tough this afternoon.  It certainly wasn't tough but tougher than this morning. 

Wed 8th Aug

More storms and delays today which is frustrating but not much you can do about it. I played the back nine with Paul Casey, Simon Dyson and Nicolas Colsearts which was good fun. I then had a quick chat with Bob Rotella in the players lounge and then I met Marcus (manager) for lunch. I hit some balls and then came back to the hotel to chill out till tomorrow.

Tues 7th Aug

We had two delays for storms today so we only managed 9 holes.   We played the front nine with Brendan Jones, Marcus Fraser and John Senden who are all Australians and good guys.   The forecast is for storms all week apparently so it could be a long week in store.   I played here with Alistair Forsyth for Scotland in the World Cup but I couldn't remember much about it.   The greens are much slower than last week as it gets pretty windy here.   Tonight I have a Ryder Cup meeting that Jose Maria has organised and I'm also having a chat with Bob Rotella as my attitude has been poor for a few months so I'm going to see if he can sort me out. 

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Mon 7th Aug

I flew from Cleveland to Kiawah this morning with US Airways.   There were a few thunder storms around but the pilot did well to avoid them (so he told us)   I am staying at the Sanctuary Hotel this week, which is really nice (thought you'd like the view from my balcony lol)   It is again very hot and humid, probably a little more than last week, which is hard to believe.....so plenty of water again is the plan.

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WGC Bridgestone 4RD 72+68+74+72=286 (+6)
I hit it good and putted lovely but holed nothing, which is a pity as I could have been quite a few under par today but that's golf. Two bogeys and no birdies added up to a 72 to finish +6 this week and in a tie for 50th, which is poor. Overall this week hasn't been very good either from tee to green or with the putter so roll on next week.
WGC Bridgestone 3RD 72+68+74=214 (+4)

It was a bit of a struggle with all departments today.  Ball striking was poor and I holed no putts so 74  was about right.........can't think of what else to say so I'll say nothing.  Let's hope for a better day tomorrow.  

WGC Bridgestone 2RD 72+68=140 (lvl)
I shot 68 this afternoon to get back to level par overall. The stats will show I had 25 putts today but I hit it on the fringe a lot, which counts as single putts but I did putt much better today,which is good. It was very hot again and was 104degrees in the car when I jumped in to drive back!
WGC Bridgestone 1RD 72 +2

Bit of a scrappy day today, I finished with 72 +2 which is not great to be honest but it is what it is.   Hopefully it will be better tomorrow.   It was very hot and humid.   Huge congrats to Sir Chris Hoy on his 5th Olympic gold medal today..........fantastic performance.

Wed 1st Aug
I went up to the course early again today, overnight rain has made the course a bit wet but it's still in fantastic condition. I stopped at McDonalds on the way back for a milkshake, I said to the woman "no cherry on top please" when I got to the next window she said "no cherry!, man that's just not right"........
Tues 31st July
We played the back nine early this morning. The course is a little wet but the greens are rolling quick so I have done a lot of work on speed with the putter. I came back to the hotel early again and went to the gym and I'm currently watching women's football.........GBR v Brazil. Well done to our nephew Sean on winning his first round match in the Scottish Amateur at Dornoch