We watched the end of the Open last night and I thought Padraig played fantastic, especially down to stretch. To defend a Major is a huge step forward for him. To say I am pleased for him is an understatement. Many congratulations to Padraig and all his family because everyone plays a part.
I saw Gillian Mitchell for my fornightly crunch this morning. Then the kids and I headed out to Meldrum for the day, we played 9 holes then had lunch, hit some balls then played another 9 holes. The boys played well and really enjoyed it. One of Marian's friends has invited us round for dinner tonight, which I am looking forward to.
I hit balls for a few hours early this morning and then spent an hour in the gym. When I got home the boys were up at the green doing some chipping, which is great as I keep telling them that it's the short game that makes the difference. I will be watching the last round of the Open in between popping out to the green to chip and putt. I hope Padraig wins again as his work ethic is fantastic.
John Stirling, myself, Bill Copeland and The Ryder Cup at the Paul Lawrie Junior Golf Dinner
Open 2RD 77+73=150 (+10)Today I drove the ball awesome, missing only one fairway but I only hit four greens. I don't think I have every hit so many poor iron shots as I have this week. Today I did really well to keep making pars but eventually it catches up with you.
Open 1RD 77 (+7)My ball striking was very, very poor today, I also struggled with my short game and putting and if you throw in a poor attitude, it all adds up to 7 over par 77....very disappointing. I was four over standing on the 17th tee which is a downwind par 5 and made a double bogey, I also bogeyed the 18th, so it was a very poor finish.
Scottish Open 4RD 68+67+72+70=277 (-7) T9I had a very up and down round today, with 5 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey, eventually to finish with a 70 and seven under par for the week. Overall this week was a big step forward with lots of positives. My Junior Golf Programme had a teaching bay in the tented village where Stephen Craig gave roughly 80 lessons to juniors over the weekend. The children each received a Paul Lawrie Junior Golf hat and shirt after their lesson. It was great to see all the kids wearing them as I went around the course. Barclays and the European Tour are keen for us to do more at next years event, which is great news! My thanks to Stephen and also Murray and Lynda Carnie for being there to organise the lessons.We have our Junior Golf dinner tomorrow night at the Marcliffe Hotel which is always a good night.
Scottish Open 3RD 68+67+72=207 (-6)One over par 72 today but I played much better than that. I only hit two poor shots all day making bogeys from both of them. I probably played better than Thursday and Friday but putted poorly which was the difference but I'm still in there with a chance tomorrow, if I get it going early in my round. I had fantastic support which was much appreciated.
Scottish Open 2RD 68+67=135 (-7)I got off to a fast start this morning by birding my third hole and making an eagle at my fourth. Again I played really solid to shoot a four under par round 67. The only disappointment was a bogey at the 9th which was my final hole, it is very much a birdie hole. Overall I played very well and I am in contention for the weekend.
Scottish Open 1RD 68 (-3)I got off to a poor start with a 3 putt at my first hole. I then missed four other short putts over my first nine holes to be out in level par. I shot -3 on the back nine by playing some really solid golf, to finish with a round of 68.
I went to see Gillian Mitchell early this morning for my weekly crunch. My back has been a bit stiff lately so it was good to see her. We left the house at 9.30am to drive down to Loch Lomond for this weeks Scottish Open. Peter Lloyd the former secretary of the Scottish PGA asked me to give a clinic and open the new clubhouse at Mount Ellon. Peter is an old friend who looked after me when I first started playing PGA events. My thanks to everyone at Mount Ellon for looking after us so well. Marian and the boys are with me again this week which makes such a difference.
Clinic at Mount Ellon Golf Club
European Open 4RD 73+68+79+77=297 (+9)It was pretty much the same as yesterday, very windy and tough to get the ball close to the hole. I struggled again, my ball striking was very poor. For some reason my short game was awful this weekend which is very unusual. We are on the 3.40pm flight from Heathrow, I am looking forward to getting home.
European Open 3RD 73+68+79=220 (+4)I drove the ball well today but I kept hitting poor iron shots. It was very windy today. I have probably never hit so many poor iron shots and chips as today. Yesterday was a step forward but today was two steps back, but it happens and I've just got to get on with it, tomorrow is another day.
European Open 2RD 73+68=141 (-3)I shot a 68 today to be 3 under for the tournament. I kept it in play really well today which was the difference from yesterday. I probably putted a little better too which is always nice. I'm going to the range for a while and then the boys want to go swimming.
European Open 1RD 73 (+1)I shot one over par 73 today. It was a back start, a good middle and an awful finish. I was 2 over after 6 holes without hitting a bad shot. I three putted the 4th and the 6th. I then played the next 6 holes in 4 under par and played the last 6 holes in three over par. Yet again the hook shot that has troubled me for years was again the problem. My attitude today was very suspect, I am finding it very difficult not to get frustrated which I know doesn't help but I do it anyway. I broke my driver after hooking it into the water at the 18th, there is half of Kent on the right!!! I was randonly selected for a drug test straight after my round, which involved producing a urine sample. It was all done very professionally and only took 15 mins.
I was down at the Carrick yesterday for the Great Scots Cup, myself and Claire Queen who is also attached to the Carrick gave a clinic. Then Claire challenged everyone to a longest drive and I did nearest the pin at the par 3 14th. It was good to catch up with Sir Alex Ferguson who was playing. It was a very good day played in good fun. My thanks go to everyone at the Carrick for looking after me all day.
Today we all flew down to London for this weeks European Open. We are going sight seeing and then finishing off our day by going to see Joseph at the Adelphi Theatre.
Sir Alex and myself
Photo kindly supplied by Randolph Photography