Bit of a struggle today as ball striking was very poor with the irons which is odd as have been hitting them great but today was awful. I hit so many fat and right but thankfully I putted nicely to keep it going. It was a bit of a grind today which sometimes you've just got to do. I still had 2 three putts but overall rolled the ball very good , there was a bit more wind in the afternoon today which made it slightly more tricky.
I have been struggling this week with a sore neck and a bit of a cold which has now gone onto my chest which is not the best but you've just got to "man up" and get on with it eh !!!
I started bogey , bogey this morning which wasn't ideal but then hit it and putted lovely to shoot 68-4 which was a good result after the start . Mind you young Rory whipped it round in 63-9 so nice to see him back playing good. I came back for a nap again in the afternoon as I haven't been sleeping too good and I'm off to the cinema now.
Hit it very good again today but missed so many putts its scary , again drove the ball fantastic but left so many shots on the greens this week , shot 70-2 to finish -12 and in a tie for twelfth I fly to Dubai tonight for next week Desert Classic.
There was a bit more breeze today and with the pins tucked away and the greens firmer scoring wasn't quite so good as it was tough to get the ball close to the flags. I hit it very good from tee to green to shoot 69-3 to be -10 overall and only 2 shots behind with the final round tomorrow. I was a bit frustrated as I deserved a few less today but there's always tomorrow for them to drop.
I was a bit grumpy today as I couldn't get it close enough to make birdies which was frustrating but 70-2 is never bad round this course even with no wind. I drove it poorly only hitting 4/14 fairways but my irons were superb hitting 17 greens. I don't think we've ever played this event with so little wind hopefully it will blow a bit over the weekend. I headed back to hotel for a nap this afternoon as felt really tired today for some reason. ( old )
I teed off at 12 05pm with Brandan Grace and Robert Karlsson we had a half hour delay due to fog but thankfully we managed to get finished , I hit it and putted nicely to shoot 67-5 which in the afternoon was a good score as the greens were quite bumpy with loads of scuffs on them from all the traffic , there was only a slight breeze and it was quite warm so a perfect day for scoring the highlight of the day was popping a driver onto the green at the par 4 sixteenth and rolling in the putt from 40ft plus
Stevie G , Marc Warren and I ate with Gordon Strachan in the steak house last night which was really good fun I could listen to wee Gordon's stories for hours. He is over to do some media work and also play in the pro am alongside Andy Gray and Chris Coleman. I played at 06 50am this morning in pro am which was early but perfect as it gives you the rest of the day to do what you like. I'm just away to have a quick nap as I didn't sleep to well last night as music was blaring until well after midnight. Our oldest son Craig starts his pro career on the Pro Golf Tour in tTrkey today which is exciting and nervous at the same time.
I flew to Doha last night arriving pretty late , I went up to the course early this morning firstly working on a few things on the putting green then spent some time hitting balls on the range. I again hit it and putted nicelyso I just need to be patient as it will happen again. I went to the cinema in the afternoon which was nice and relaxing.
Marian dropped Craig at the airport this morning as he's away to Turkey to play his first events on the epd tour. Marian said it was strange dropping him which I can understand but it will be fantastic experience for him.
I headed up to Saadiyat Island golf club this morning to hit some balls then play 9 holes with caddie Davy Kenny , just before we teed off we were hitting some pitches when Davy hits a knee high fizzer that nearly takes out a Japanese guest on the short game area (stick to carrying min. Lol ) Davy was feeling good so only asked for 5 shots, he asked how many he was getting first which I replied as many as you want !!!! I hit it and putted lovely and shot 30 -6 for the back nine Davy was a respectable 40. After lunch I hit balls and putted for a couple of hours before heading back to hotel , I'm now in the Etihad lounge following the Dons game on twitter its 1-0 Inverness at the moment 😡
I teed off from the 10th this morning at 8am knowing that I needed to probably get back to level par to make the weekend which was always going to be a tough ask I shot 73 +1 and thankfully played a whole lot better than yesterday which wouldn't have been hard , I have made two doubles and a triple bogey from nothing this week so even with hitting it poorly take them away and I would have been close but never mind I will stay here and practice over the weekend , I played lovely on Monday in the saltire energy golf day and very good on Wednesday so wasn't expecting yesterday but that's golf for you.
Nothing really happened on the front nine, I hit it ok and had a few chances, Ihit some lovely putts that just missed but the back nine was different story. I hit a lot of poor shots and made a double and a triple bogey to finish with 80 +8 which is horrific and obviously not what I was expecting but golf is a strange game. I gave every shot 100% and +8 was my score so not much I can do now but play hard tomorrow. I hit a lot of shots high and right as club was behind me on downswing..... just needs a little more right side on way down tomorrow. As you can imagine my stats were poor only 5/14 fairways 10/18 greens, 33 putts and 2/8 up and downs is very poor but the only way is up.
I played in the afternoon pro am today with 3 people from the sheshan golf club in china where the hsbc champions is held they spoke no English but somehow we seemed to communicate and they had a good day
The course is a little soft and the rough is pretty thick in places but overall is in very good condition the weather was perfect today with just a slight breeze and pretty warm
I tee off in the afternoon tomorrow with Robert karlsson and jaidee which is a good draw and should be good fun
I used my New Caledonia putter today which performed very well especially the roll off it due to the new deeper groove technology
I had a bit of a long lie this morning which was nice then headed up to the course to hit some balls etc around 10am , after lunch I had some filming for Footjoy and also spoke to the Scottish press as well as golf monthly then we had a players meeting in the evening at official hotel , I'm playing at 12 35pm in pro am tomorrow
I played at saadiyat island today in a Saltire Energy golf day which was great fun, I gave a clinic on the range then I played 3 holes with each group the course was fantastic and all the guys were a good laugh , I recently Signed a new two year deal with saltire who are my front of hat sponsor
This week I have hit balls every morning and also had my first session with PDA player development academy who I will work on my fitness with when I'm home , I also did some filming for the pga who are making a video entitled "what do the pga do for me" , we also have a new team of young golfers who will receive help from myself and the Foundation they are.........Sam Locke , Adam Fisher and Michael Lawrie. I'm looking forward to working with the boys.
Marian and I were at the football last night which was again a very good win over a much improved Terry Butcher Hibs team. The game ended 1-0 with a screamer from Willo Flood.
I flew to Abu Dhabi this morning (Sat) for the start of my 2014 campaign which I'm very much looking forward to.
We got home on Friday evening from Dubai we had a fantastic time again but it just goes by to quickly every year huge thanks to everyone at Jebel Ali hotel and spa.
Claus from caledonia ( owner) was over on Sunday and Monday dropping off some putters for me to test which all look fantastic. I have hit quite a few balls to keep myself going before I leave for the first events and have hit it very good I will see Andrew Locke (swing) John mathers (psychologist) and pPil o'sullivan (fitness) this week before I go. I'm pretty excited with the team I have put together... time to get some good results.
Today was our final day of our holidays which is incredible as 11 days have flown by , today was the final 9 holes of our golf comp which Michael and I were tied and Craig was 6 behind , I managed to squeeze it helped by finishing birdie-eagle to win by 2 shots from Michael , the whole break has again been fantastic but as always I have eaten to much and will need to lose a few pounds in the next few weeks but what are holidays for eh , we fly home tomorrow morning There was another good win for AFC against Dundee united on New Year's Day long may it continue.
I had a day off from playing yesterday but the boys went over and hit some balls in the afternoon then in the evening we ate in the Ibn majed which is the main restaurant in the hotel , as always there was a fantastic spread and we all ate to much happy new year to everyone I hope you all had a great time wherever you are , today was my 45th birthday which sounds pretty old but I feel great and can't wait for another season to start