BMW Open 4RD 66+72+74+73=285 (-3)
I shot 73 today and it was the same story as yesterday, I played good on the front nine (-2) and then horrible on the back nine (+3) For some reason I have really struggled on the back nine over the weekend. Overall this week I played and putted good for the first 33 holes and then played some awful golf at the week end. I fly to London tonight as I have an Aberdeen Asset Management golf day at Sunningdale tomorrow.
Huge congratulations to the Deeside Junior Pennant team who won the Aberdeen & District Junior Pennant League this afternoon at Peterculter. Craig and Michael were both in the team. Well done to everyone, great achievement!!
BMW Open 3RD 66+72+74=212 (-4)
I shot 74 +2 today, I hit it good on the front nine but missed 5 putts inside 10 feet. Then on the back nine I hit some poor shots so I've no problem with that. I hit a lot of good putts that missed today which can happen so overall I'm not to bothered about shooting +2 especially after hearing that Michael our youngest son won the final of the handicap trophy today at Deeside. Well done pal.....very proud of you.
BMW Open 2RD 66+72=138 (-6)
I was level par 72 today but should have been a lot less as I was three over for the last three holes which is a pity but there's not much you can do. I was raging when I came off the course as I hate dropping shots at the end of my round......it's never good. I had a sore neck all day which meant I was unable to hit it at full speed, I went to see the physio after my round and it turns out that my rhomboid muscle was very tight so he worked on it for a while and said not to hit balls this afternoon. He will work on it again tomorrow morning, I'm obviously getting old as I seem to be having constant niggles.
BMW Open 1RD 66 (-6)
I shot 66 -6 in the pouring rain, I played really good and putted awesome. We had rain for 16 holes which was tough going but there was no wind so at least the rain was coming straight down and not sideways. I hit a poor 6 iron at the 17th and an awful driver at the 18th but apart from that I hit it afa good all day.
I had a very quiet day yesterday only doing some chipping and putting at the house, the weather was so horrible. Today I was at Newmachar to watch Craig and Michael play for Deeside in the Junior Pennant Semi Final against Banchory which Deeside won by 4 and a half to one and a half. The final is on Sunday at Peterculter which they are both looking forward too.
Craig and I watched a bit of the US Open in the evening. Rory's performance was out of this world, breaking loads of records but people now need to let him play and stop saying stuff like 'He will break Jack Nicklaus's major record' etc.......he doesn't need that. He has so much talent it's going to be exciting for him, he's a great guy with lovely parents. I will him well.
Paul Lawrie Invitational 3RD 70+65+65=200 (-10)
It was the final round of the Invitational today, I shot 65 again which finished ten under and one shot short of the play off between Kennie Ferrie and Andrew McArthur. Andy eventually won at the 6th extra hole. This week has been really good with everyone saying how much they have enjoyed it. My thanks to all the players (especially Kennie Ferrie) for playing this week. Thanks also to Michael McDougall and all the staff at the PGA and everyone at Deeside Golf Club for making us so welcome. But of course the biggest thank you is to the sponsors.....Aberdeen Asset Management, Saltire Energy, Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Hunting and Farmfoods and also to Finnies the Jeweller for the Ebel watch for low round of the week (Andrew McArthur 62) I'm happy but tired. Hopefully we can grow the event for next year.
Paul Lawrie Invitational 2RD 70+65=135 (-5)I got off to the perfect start today, with birdies at the first two holes then hooked it out of bounds at the third. However I played good again and shot 65 -5 to be three shots behind three players who are eight under, one of which is Andrew McArthur who shot 62 today which is a very good knock. The cut fell at three over which leaves 37 players tomorrow for the final round.
Paul Lawrie Invitational 1RD 70 (LVL)I played good but putted awful (sounds familiar) I played with Scott Henderson and Peter Smith which was good crack. It was a little tricky today with the wind swirling around a bit. I'm off to the putting green.........for a few hours!!
We had the pro am today at Deeside for my Invitational which was played in brilliant sunshine. There were 19 teams with one score to count, it was won by Farmfoods team no 1 with a score of 55....well done lads. Huge thanks to everyuone at Deeside Golf Club, I thought everything today was top class. I play with Scott Henderson and Peter Smith tomorrow at 10.56am I'm looking forward to it but I'm now off to bed, totally exhausted!!
I took Craig to school and Marian dropped Michael at Countesswells as he's away to Edinburgh this week on a school trip. I hit some balls at Deeside then Marian and her Dad and myself put up some sponsors boards for our Invitational this week. (Well........ I supervised) I was at Kemnay Golf Club at 2pm to open their new junior facility which includes a 6 hole par 3 course, driving range and a short game area which is really good........well done to everyone involved. I went to Craibstone to watch the Aberdeen School's Final between Robert Gordon's College and Torry Academy which Torry won quite comfortably by 3-0.....well done! It was very windy and not easy, all the matches were played in good spirit. I presented the prizes sponsored by the Foundation. Thanks to Derek Johnstone for all his hard work throughout the year and to Craibstone for hosting the final. We will be back at Deeside early tomorrow morning to put up the remaining signs then we have a 1pm shotgun pro am.
Craig and I left the house early this morning to drive to Murrayshall Golf Club for the Scottish Schools Golf Championship sponsored by my Foundation. The event was played over both courses, Craig did well in the morning shooting 1 over 74 but he struggled in the afternoon taking 79. It was again very well ran by The Scottish Schools Golf Association.
I am getting a cortisone injection in my left foot tomorrow which I'm not looking forward to as I hate needles, especially big ones. (I know.......man up!!)
4.30am alarm calls are never good on Saturday mornings (yes I know......play better then) I got a taxi from Celtic Manor to catch my flight from Heathrow and arrived home at 10.30am. I went down to Deeside for lunch and hit some balls in the afternoon.
Wales Open 2RD 75+76=151 (+9)Today was pretty much the same as yesterday, I drove it a little better but not much. I shot 76 to finish +9 total which is awful stuff if I'm honest. The wind was quite a bit stonger today which made it tricky. I can not get home tonight so it's a taxi at 5am to Heathrow tomorrow morning. I have two weeks off now which I will be spending hitting loads of balls to try and find what's missing.
Wales Open 1RD 75 +4
I hit only 4 fairways today, I drove it so poorly I was surprised it was as many as four. I teed off from the 11th and had a couple of chances for birdie early on but hit it in the water at the 14th and ran up a triple bogey 7. When you drive it as poorly as I did today it makes it so hard to score. I spent 3 hours on the range after my round hitting balls.