It was a bit of a struggle today with ball striking, putting and the weather so I ended up shooting 76 to be +1 for the tournament. It seems like two minutes ago I was -7 and in a good position for the weekend but there's not much you can do. The crowds were huge again, which was incredible as the weather has been awful.
I played the front nine in four under, which included a few missed putts to be -7 and right in it. I came back in 40 +4 to finish with level par 72, which is so so frustrating. To be fair I hit some poor shots so I didn't really deserve much else but I couldn't see that coming as I hit it lovely on the front nine. As you can imagine I wasn't best pleased when I finished but not much you can do.
I missed a lot of fairways and a lot of putts but thankfully my irons were good, which meant I shot 69 -3 which wasn't too bad. I was only level par with four to play but birdied the 6th and eagle the 9th, my last hole, which was a great end to the day. I hit some balls when I came off and ripped it with the driver...........typical. There were a few showers this morning but not as bad as people thought. All the players are loving the course, it's proper links.
I flew to Belfast on Tuesday early afternoon and hit some balls when I got here. Today I played in the pro am at 9am with three very nice lads who were good fun. The golf course is quite simply stunning and easily one of the best I have ever played. No amount of praise would be too much. I'm really looking forward to playing it this week. It's a sell out for the first time in European Tour history so there's going to be some atomshpere.............I can't wait.
The view from behind the 6th tee
We had a press conference today to announce we have taken over Aspire, which will now be the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, which is really exciting. Robbie Stewart will be our director of golf. I've known Robbie for years and we are looking forward to having him run things for us. Andrew Locke will join us from Inchmarlo as one of the teaching pros along with Billy Fyfe and Alan Stuart. We will also start the Paul Lawrie Academy, which will include summer camps for kids.
69 today was a decent effort as there were some heavy showers and the pins were tucked away a bit. I should finish in the top 30 which is not great but it is what it is. I played with David Lynn who played really good for a 67 which was a good knock. I am flying home tonight for a big press conference tomorrow to announce something special!
I got off to a great start this morning -3 after 6 holes but hit an awful 7 iron into the water at the 7th, then bogeyed the 9th and the 10th eventually finishing with 72 for -2 overall. I missed so many putts today, most of which were poor strikes. It was a little windy again but scoring should be ok as it's not that tough out there.
I played nicely today but finished with a double bogey, which is always a horrible feeling. It's a pity as I probably deserved a lot better today, but to be fair I hit a terrible tee shot at the last....straight right into the water hazard. I had driven it much better today until then but there's not much you can do I suppose. I shot 70 -2, which was still a decent score as it was pretty windy all day.
I struggled off the tee this morning, finding the rough on most holes and I didn't hole many putts so I suppose 72 level wasn't really a bad score. I was out in two under but made a double bogey at the first (my 10th) where I got a flyer from the left rough. Henrik Stenson and I did the Genworth putts for charity, which meant us playing 4 holes against one another, Henrik won 1 up and 4000 Euros went to a local children's charity.
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Teddy Scott, great man and a real nice guy who was a proper legend at the club.
I didn't need my alarm call this morning as the rain was battering against the window. We played all 18 holes in pretty heavy rain but thankfully no wind. The course had been set up with pretty thick rough but is in good condition. I came straight back to the hotel to dry off and have a nap.
I stayed at the Berystede Hotel last night. This morning I played at Sunningdale in an Aberdeen Asset Management golf day with Martin Gilbert and two clients. It was pretty hot with no wind and the course was very impressive. I'm now in Terminal 5 wating to fly to Cologne for this weeks BMW International Open.
I was at Gleneagles today to play the Kings course with Hunting and their guests. David Law was also there as part of his deal with them. The weather was glorious and the day went very well. David and I had our usual wager, which he won -3 to my -2. I'm now in Edinburgh airport on my way to London to play at Sunningdale with Aberdeen Asset and guests tomorrow morning. It's all go ......
The weather was much better at Rowallan today and Craig shot 75+79 to finish 25th, which he was disappointed with as he threw away loads of shots but as I explained to him driving home..........welcome to my world! His short game was poor and he made no putts so its hard going to score decent but it was great experience for him. I'm off to Gleneagles tomorrow to play with Hunting and thier guests.
I drove down to Rowallan Castle near Ayr early this morning to watch Craig play in one of the SGU junior tour events which is 72 holes over two days. The weather was awful with heavy rain and a strong wind blowing, which made scoring very tough. Craig shot 79 + 81 to make the cut which is a good effort in his first junior tour event. We are staying in the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock which is right next to Kilmarnock Football Club.
I was at Newmachar golf club in the morning then the Marcliffe at night for a meningitis fundraiser organised by Sir Ian Wood. I played the ninth hole with all 26 teams which was good fun but a little cold and wet at times then Marian and I hosted a table at the dinner in the evening which included a q&a with me. The whole day was very well organised by everyone and it raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause well done to everyone.
Some of the press this morning have written comments I made re Monty carrying the Olympic torch in Aberdeen. I should have just said "It's nothing to do with me who carries the torch" but its difficult when a lot of people are aking me why I wasn't asked. I honestly don't think I should have been asked. Memo to self.............stop making comments on things that have nothing to do with me!!
I was at the Wilson factory in Irvine today to celebrate 50 years of the company having a base in Scotland, which is a fantastic commitment. I spoke to the BBC and some guys from the press then we had lunch at the Lochgreen Hotel, which was followed by golf at Kilmarnock Barassie. I played 3 holes with each group. It all went really well, I hope everyone enjoyed it.
We had an event at Loch Lomond yesterday and this morning to raise funds for the Foundation. We played 36 holes, had dinner and stayed on site. It went really well and raised a good sum of money. Huge thanks to everyone for playing and also thanks to all the staff at Loch Lomond for looking after us so well. The course was in magnificent condition as ever. I'm now in Troon to stay tonight as I have a Wilson golf day tomorrow at the factory in Irvine.
I was at Deeside this morning, firstly to do some filming with "We Film Golf", which will go into the programme we are making for Sky Sports coverage of my Invitational in September. I then watched a few kids who were playing in our flag and stableford event at Deeside. I then drove down to Glasgow to watch Craig and Jamie play at Cowglen in the Scottish Boys Area Team event, which was foursomes in the morning then singles in the afternoon. There were 16 teams of 4 players. I think the North East finished about halfway so the boys were disappointed. Craig, Jamie and I have just arrived at Loch Lomond where we are staying for 2 days for an event to raise money for my Foundation. We have 9 teams of 2 players arriving tomorrow so it should be good fun.
Huge congratulations to GB & I team for winning the Curtis Cup at Nairn this afternoon especially after loosing 3-0 on the opening morning. Great effort girls.........well done!
I dropped Craig at Deeside in the morning as he's away to play at Cowglen in the Area Boy's Team event for the North East. It's a four man team of Craig, Jamie Pryde, Jake Scott and Sam Kiloh.............good luck boys.
Marian and I popped over to Cove to see my Mum for a while then I picked up Michael from Royal Aberdeen as he was playing in the Junior Club Championship, he shot 78 finishing triple bogey, double bogey. Pity as he was going well.
I was up at Skibo Castle today to sign on the dotted line to be their touring professional until the end of 2013 but hopefully much longer. It really is a special place and we're really looking forward to spending some time up there. I was met by Peter Crome, chairman and managing director and David Thomson, head professional after the formalities David and I had some lunch then I headed back home. I was going to play and practise but the weather was awful. We are holding our Foundation pro am at Skibo on the Monday of the Scottish Open, which will be awesome.
I played 9 holes with Michael this morning at Deeside, which gave me a chance to try Wilson's new fairway woods and rescue, which are very nice. I then headed into town to buy some dvds and stopped on my way home for a coffee with Stewart Spence at the Marcliffe. I had my tea at Deeside then walked a few holes watching Craig who was playing for Deeside against Auchmill in the men's pennant. I was supposed to see Gillian Mitchell (aka the cruncher) but forgot........sorry Gillian!
I was down at Buchanan Castle to walk round with Craig, Michael and their cousin Sean for a practise round as Michael is playing the Scottish U14's Championship there in a few weeks time. The course is a fantastic layout and was in good condition. It was a beautiful day. My thanks to head pro Keith Baxter for looking after us.
Well done to European Tour officals for handing out a one stroke penalty for slow play. Let's hope it's the start of stricter penalties as pace of play is horrific at the moment.
We had some heavy showers and a wee breeze, which made it tough again today. I hit it good but missed so many putts and finished with a 70 -1 to finish par overall. I played some nice golf the last three rounds so plenty of positives. Home tonight for two weeks off but it will be busy.
Very very frustrating today, I hit it awesome for the first 8 holes and missed 3 short putts and was -3. I then hit a poor shot just off the ninth fairway, which we couldn't find, it was a poor shot but had both the ball spotters not been standing on the right we would have found it. I ended up making a seven and somehow managed to only shoot 71. I'm still not quite sure how I managed it but I did...........but that's golf.
I hit it much better today with the irons but it was still a huge struggle with the woods with most tee shots going low and left but I managed to shoot 69 -2 to be +1 overall, which was a good score considering I only hit 4 fiarways. It's the same old problem of hands getting away from the body at the start of the downswing, which means the club is stuck behind then I need to release it with the hands, which makes me hook it. Will be better tomorrow.