Qatar 2RD 75+72=147 (+3)Got off to a bad start again today +3 after 5 holes. Andy, my caddie said going down the 15th fairway that I was moving way off the ball on the backswing then bellying it. So I tried to stay more on top of it on the way back and I hit it really good after that and should really have been a few less as I had three serious lip outs. It looks likely I will miss the cut by one shot which is frustrating but about right as I have struggled a bit this week. We hit balls all afternoon, it feels great now but of course it's too late.
Qatar 1RD 75 (+3)
Three over par 75 today which sounds bad but it was very windy and I made a triple bogey six at the 3rd hole. I was four over after five holes so to shoot three over was actually ok. I hit it pretty solidly, even with my triple the ball landed on the green and got a wicked bounce right into a bush. The course set up this week is very disappointing with far too much rough especially around the greens. It makes it a lottery to get it up and down as all you can do is open the clubface, grip it really tight and give it a whack.....no feel or touch required! Having a good short games this week is no advantage.
Great result for the Dons last night, well done boys!
Abu Dhabi 4RD 66+70+72+71=279 (-9)I played magnificient today from tee to green but missed so many putts. I putted ok but just didn't hole anything. I shot 71 to finish 9 under for the week. Overall this week has been pretty good especially the weather which has been more humid than I remember. I probably deserved a few shots less over the weekend (typical golfer)
Abu Dhabi 3RD 66+70+72=208 (-8)
There was a little more wind today which made it a bit tricky to get it close. I drove it magnificently today but struggled to get the ball close enough to score. I shot level par 72 which is ok as it was definately tougher. I thought the pins were tucked away which meant I holed very little, missing most on the left. Hopefully they will all go in tomorrow.
Abu Dhabi 2RD 66+70=136 (-8)I drove the ball very poorly today so to get it round in two under par was a fantastic effort. I had a couple of three putts today but overall my putting has been much better. I am now on 8 under par which is only three shots behind the leaders. I went to the range afterwards and ripped every driver straight as an arrow (that happens a lot and is really frustrating)
Abu Dhabi 1RD 66 (-6)
I had a very good day today, shooting six under 66. I played nicely and took my chances very well. I struggled with the driver a wee bit but thankfully my irons were fantastic today (that's my Wilson irons, of course) I'm just back from the gym where I have been every day and I'm starting to feel a bit better and I've lost nearly half a stone in the last two weeks.
Jo'burg Open 2RD 68+73=141 (-1)
I was two over 73 today on the shorter West course. I struggled badly straight from the first tee. It's a pity because today's course gives you plenty of chances for birdies. Even as badly as I hit it I still missed a lot of putts. I probably didn't expect much from this week but I would have liked to have hit it better today.
Jo'burg Open 1RD 68 (-3)We played on the East course today which is a couple of shots harder than the West. I played awesome on the front nine to be out in three under (could have been a couple less) then really struggled on the back nine (hit it well right off most tees) I did really well to finish with a three under par 68. Overall three under was about right. We had a lightening delay of about an hour which is really common here.
I played a practise round this morning on the West course with Stephen Gallacher, Stevie O'Hara and Andrew McArthur. The course is a good layout with quite a bit of length to it. Some of the holes are very wet due to some heavy rain over the last few weeks. It felt good to be out playing again. Andrew McArthur and I managed to take a few quid off the two Stevie's which is always nice. I hit it solidly which is encouraging.
Even with the atrocious weather conditions of this week I managed to practise everyday due to my indoor golf room. I have been working on my leg action on the backswing and rolling my right foot instead of lifting it on the downswing. I have been using a chalk line for my putting, getting back to how I used to putt a few years ago. Everything looks and feels fantastic and I'm really looking forward to playing. I leave on Sunday for Jo'burg and then onto the Middle East swing for three weeks.
Happy New Year
We spent Christmas and New Year in Dubai again this year, we flew back home on Saturday but had to circle the airport until is was cleared of snow. We all had a great time and the weather was really nice. Myself and the boys played ten rounds of nine holes. We had a competition over the week (which I won by two shots....keep practising boys!!!) I played really nicely but more importantly I putted lovely. I have been working hard on the putting with Adam over the winter so it was great to see a few going in. I have this week at home and then I play four events in a row starting in South Africa.