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Sunday 31st July 2011

WE left the house at 8.30 this morning to head to Brora as the boys are playing in the 5 day open. WE stopped at brodie for bacon rolls and coffee eventually arriving in Brora at 12.30. After lunch the boys played a practise round with Ross Powell. The course as ever is magnificent and the boys loved it. We had dinner at the Marine hotel which was lovely. WE are staying in the links apartments overlooking the course. Monday and Tuesday are strokeplay qualifying with 16 scratch and 16 net in each section qualifying for matchplay starting Wednesday.

A huge congrats to David Law on winning his second Scottish Amatuer title at Western Gailes. To win it once is good but twice is very special. Well done pal we are all very proud of you.

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Friday 29th July 2011
I was at Royal Aberdeen today to watch Craig and Michael play in their Junior Open.   Both the boys had days to forget shooting 87 and 85.   However I was proud of them for trying right to the end, I tell them you must always post a score no matter how high as 'No Returns' should never happen.   The course was looking magnificient but is was very tough with the Walker Cup coming up.  I had my nephew Sean over to the house in the afternnon for a short game lesson then we took the dog for a walk.   Huge congrats to David Law for making the final of the Scottish Amateur and good luck in the final.  
Thursday 28th July 2011

Marian and I were up in Lossiemouth yesterday and today watching Craig and Michael play for the North East District in a match against North District.   They had a practise round on Wednesday evening then played foursomes this morning and singles in the afternoon.   There were three age groups competing... 14s,16s, and 18s.   The 14s and 18s won but the 16s were narrowly beaten.   All matches were played competitively but in fantastic spirit.  

My back is a little better but I've been taking it easy and haven't hit any shots yet.

Monday 25th July 2011

We dropped Craig at Deeside for the Junior medal then headed into town to do some shopping then up to Cove to visit my Mum for lunch.   Michael and I popped back down to Deeside for a few holes to try my back as I haven't played for a few days.   Unfortunately it is still really sore so I have decided not to play this week which is so frustrating as I was looking forward to playing Killarney.   I can pitch and putt no problem but as soon as I hit full shots it's nae good!

Sunday 24th July 2011
My back is still stiff so no golf today.   Michael is also struggling with a sore back so he had to pulled out of the Hector Dey Trophy at Peterculter as well as yesterday's Conveners Trophy at Deeside.   I lay on the couch and watched the Celtic v Hibs game on Espn.   I have been stretching my back most of the day so hopefully it will be better tomorrow.   Marian is praying my back is ok to go to Ireland.....lol.
Saturday 23rd July 2011

I managed a lie in this morning after getting back late from Gleneagles.  I took the boys down to Deeside for the second round of the Conveners Trophy (Craig won) he's been playing really good after winning the North East Under 16s and the Peterculter Junior Open.   As I was taking Michael's Powakaddy out of the boot I felt my back go a bit and was only able to hit a few balls before I had to stop.   Fingers crossed it will be ok for the Irish Open next week.

Marian and I went to Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen play St Johnstone which they probably should just have won but it ended 0-0 and wasn't much of a game.   Young Jack got sent off which I think the ref got right but similar challenges might go unpunished this season.   Richard Foster deserved his Man of the Match award....I thought he played well.   We had tea with the Reid's at Deeside which was really good......food at Deeside is excellent.

Friday 22nd July 2011
I played the King's course at Gleneages with Pentagon Freight and their customers.   It was the first time I had played the King's since the Scottish Open days.   I really enjoyed the course, you forget how good it is.   The format of today was similar to yesterday, clinic then three holes with each group followed by dinner in the hotel.   It was again very well organised by Pentagon.   We had a Q & A after dinner which was a good laugh.   I got home at midnight....shattered.
Thursday 21st July 2011
I played at Gleneagles Queen's course in a company day with Hunting and their guests.   I gave a clinic for an hour then played 6 holes with three groups and we finished off with dinner in the Dormy House.   Huge thanks to all the guys, it was good fun.   I am staying at Gleneagles tonight as I have another day with Pentagon Freight tomorrow also on the Queen's course.
Tuesday 19th July 2011
I played 10 holes at Deeside this morning with Craig and Michael then Marian met us for lunch in the clubhouse.   I spent most of the afternoon chipping and putting at home then we all went to Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen play Villareal in Darren Mackie's Testimonial.   We were in a box in the Dick Donald stand with Alan and Val Reid and their boys Callum and Logan.   The first half wasn't great but it got better in the second half.   Villareal won the match 1-0   There was a decent crowd of 9800.
Monday 18th July 2011
Marian and I watched the final round of the Open in the Marriott at Bexleyheath.   Huge congratulations to Darren Clarke, he so so deserved to win as he hit it the best by a long way and has been through some really tough times.   I sent him a text saying 'welcome to my club'   I played at the London Club today in a Kalixa golf day with 15 guests.   The course was really good especially the greens which were very quick.   We fly home at 7.15pm from Gateick.   We are really looking forward to getting home, it's been a long couple of weeks.
Sunday 17th July 2011

Open 4RD 73+70+81+73=297 (+17)

We teed off at 8.10am this morning with Matthew Miller from Australia, it was breezy very early and ended up being the strongest wind of the week.   I shot 73 +3 again, I putted very poorly missing 9 putts inside 10 feet which is so frustrating.   I actually hit it really good today but when you putt like that it's impossible to score.   We had a quick bite to eat then jumped in the car to drive to Bexleyheath to stay tonight as I have a Kalixa golf day tomorrow at the London Club.   Overall this week we got the toughest conditions for the first three days and really struggled with the putter but as ever I really enjoyed this years Open.
Saturday 16th July 2011

Open 3RD 73+70+81=224 (+14)

81 blows today in the wind and the rain. I hit it poorly but the conditions were really tough all day. I got off to a horrible start thanks to a triple bogey at the 4th that was playing ridiculously hard straight into the wind and rain 495 yard par 4.

I was soaked through when I finished but not much you can do about the weather. We are back at house watching golf on TV.

Friday 15th July 2011

Open 2RD 73+70=143 (+3)

We didn't tee off til 3.16pm today so we hung around the house watching the golf on tele in the morning then headed to the course at lunchtime. I shot 70 - level par which was the most I could have been as I hit it lovely today and missed quite a few chances. We got the rough end of the draw (again) as the wind really picked up just before we teed off. I made the cut on the mark which considering how poorly I hit it yesterday and the tough end of the draw wasn't too bad really.

I play tomorrow at 9.05 with Gregory Bourdy.

Thursday 14th July 2011

Open 1RD 73 (+3)

73 +3 today which was about right as I struggled with ball striking and only hit 9 greens in regulation. We certainly had the worst of the weather with a strong breeze blowing but it wasn't that tough and I'm disappointed with my efforts. I went to the range afterward and frustratingly hit it really good Ahhhhhhh. We don't tee off until 3.16 pm tomorrow so plenty of time to kill.

Wednesday 13th July 2011

I teed off at 7.40 this morning with Kenny Ferrie, Rhys Davies and Tom Watson. The wind was pretty strong again making alot of the holes very tough. It was great to play with Tom again who still hits it really good and was a pleasure to play with (Legend). I spoke with the Scottish press when I finished then after a quick lunch I was on the Glenmuir stand for an hour signing autographs. It seems much quieter than normal but I am sure there will still be a good atmosphere tomorrow.

It was very sad to hear of the passing of Alex Hay who I had got to know well over the years. Great man, great character he we be sorely missed by us all.

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Tuesday 12th July 2011

We got up to the course early this morning to register and get all our tickets etc. We have the use of a lovely Jaguar XJ for this week which is really nice with loads of fancy gadgets. It was really windy today so I only played 9 holes and walked the other nine, the course is awesome and is playing like a proper links especially today with the wind blowing quite a bit.

Our rented townhouse is lovely and only a 5 minute drive from the course. Marian and I are going to the press writers dinner tonight in the R&A tent.

Monday 11th July 2011

I left the house this morning with Craig to pick up his pal Grant Joss then take them to Kemnay for their junior open but when we got there the course was closed so junior open will be re-schedualed. I took the boys to Deeside where they played the junior medal. Craig shot 69 nett 66. And Michael 75 nett 66 Which is fantastic and both will be cut. Marian and I flew from Aberdeen at 5pm and have just landed and are in the courtesy car heading to Sandwich from Gatwick. We have rented a townhouse for the week.

The Open week is always the highlight of the year for me.

Sunday 10th July 2011

Scottish Open 71+64+70=205 (-11)

I had a final round of 70 -2 which wasn't exactly what I was looking for but you get what you get I guess.   I had 33 putts again today which makes it so difficlut to shoot any lower.   After putting nicely on Friday I was expecting a bit more today.   The positives were I played good again from tee to green but its very frustrating with the putter.   Congrats to Luke Donald who played fantastic golf this week.   We drove home stopping at Fochabers for a chipper supper.   I am taking Craig and his pal Grant to Kemnay tomorrow morning for the Junior Open, then myself and Marian fly down to Sandwich at 5pm......it's all go but all good.

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Saturday 9th July 2011
No play for me today as overnight storms caused a huge amount of damage to Castle Stuart.   We went up to the course around lunch time to get a bite to eat and hopefully hit some balls but the range was closed as there was lightening in the area.   The tour announced the event would now be a 54 holes event which is unfortunate but there's not much you can do.   It's a great shame for everyone at Castle Stuart who have worked so hard.
Friday 8th July 2011

Scottish Open 2RD 71+64=135 (-9)

I had a very good day today, shooting 64 -8 to be nine under overall which at the moment is two shots behind the three leaders, Scott Jamieson, Peter Whiteford and Graeme McDowell.   I played pretty much the same as Thursday but I putted really nicely (26 putts)   I spent some time putting when I finished my first round and noticed my stroke had become to long again so I worked on shortening it and rolled it much better.   I popped into the Radio Scotland booth for a chat with Richard Gordon and Rob McLean which was fun.   I was in the middle of hitting some balls when the hooter went for lightening so we headed back to the house.   We had dinner with Alan and Val Reid and their boys Callum and Logan in the Castle Tavern which was nice.
Thursday 7th July 2011

Scottish Open 1RD 71 (-1)

I played in the pro am yesterday which was a shotgun at 1pm.   The weather was horrible with it raining most of the way round.   My team won with -23 which was a very good score in the conditions.   I teed off today at 1.25pm with Padraig Harrington and Phil Mickelson.   I shot 71 -1, I played good but had far too many putts (33)  It was a little breezy but pretty nice.   There was a really good atmosphere out there today as the crowd was pretty big following us round.
Tuesday 5th July 2011
We drove up to Inverness last night for this week's Barclays Scottish Open At Castle Stuart.   We have rented a house for the week which is 15 minutes from the course.   We went up to the course early this morning to hit some balls and play 9 holes.   The course is magnificent and everyone has been very complimentary towards it.   I had a press conference at 3pm, then we headed back to relax.   Marian and Michael are with me this week which is always good.   Craig is playing in the Scottish Under 16s at Forfar which he is really excited about.   I play in the 1pm shotgun pro am tomorrow.
Sunday 3rd July 2011

My neck has improved considerably over the last few days which is great.   I managed to play 6 holes this morning and then Marian and I had a walk along the Deeside Railway line.

Congratulations and hard lines to Philip McLean who was beaten in a play off today for the Cameron Corbett vase at Haggs Castle.   Nice to see Philip up there again as he has worked really hard lately.  

I have managed to work on my short game a lot this week so hopefully it will be good at Castle Stuart.