Andalucia Open 2RD 77+71=148 (+4)I got off to a terrible start today, I was 3 over after three holes. It was a very topsy turvy day with two double bogeys, two bogeys and seven birdies. I putted much better after going back to my two ball putter. The facilities are very good this week so I am going to stay and practise for next week.
Andalucia Open 1RD 77 (+5)I shot 77 today but actually played pretty good. The stats show me only hitting five fairways but I hit it really solid but ended up in the semi rough some many times. I had quite a few birdie chances that I missed and I then finished triple bogey, bogey and even on the triple I hit a lovely 3 iron at the par 3 17th, I was just off the green but I totally thinned my bunker shot. I certainly didn't deserve to shoot 5 over today but that's what I shot so I will try again tomorrow.
My case arrived yesterday afternoon but I still have no clubs. It's now Wednesday morning, I flew from Aberdeen on Monday morning.....it's a total joke. I have swapped my morning pro am time with Gregory Bourdy in the hope my clubs get here in time to play at 2.10pm
The golf course this week is an excellant layout with some very good holes. There is quite a bit of rough but if you drive it good there are plenty of birdie chances. The course is also in immaculate condition. I teed off last in the pro am after my clubs eventually arrived late this morning. I play tomorrow at 1.10pm
We had another Paul Lawrie Foundation Footie Fours Tournament at the Garioch Centre today, over 150 kids took part. Jockie Lawrence and his FDS coaches ran the event, the kids all really enjoyed it.
Jockie and I with the P4 & P5 kids
It has been a very busy week.....I was at Blairs College on Tuesday to do an interview with Archie McPherson for the Muir Group. I had my cortisone injection on Wednesday afternoon. I was down at the Carrick on Loch Lomond on Thursday to host a day for years 1 and 2 of the SGU Academy Programme, 71 players all under 16. I provided every player with 3 pro v1s,a sharpie pen and also a signed photo with me and my Claret Jug which was taken on the 14th tee. It was a great day, my thanks to Adam Hunter, the SGU, everyone at the Carrick and Charlie Stewart the photographer. Finally, I was in London all day Friday for meetings with City Golf, they are looking to use me in advertising.
My clinic at the Carrick
One of our Foundation team members, Philip McLean won the North East Alliance Championship over Duff House Royal and Newburgh, shooting two rounds of 69. Well done Philip. Another team member, David Law finished 6th. Good playing boys.......keep it up.
I managed to play quite a bit of golf last week as well as hitting balls most days. I played twice at Deeside and also at Royal Aberdeen on Thursday with Philip McLean, David Law and Graeme Lornie. Philip and I took on David and Graeme, it was a good game with my par at the 18th enough to secure a one hole win.
I have had a sore left foot recently, it comes and goes but it felt bad on Thursday as we were walking off the 13th tee. I had it xrayed and it has shown I have a ganglion cyst. I am getting a cortisone injection on Wednesday which should see me through the season.
Adam Hunter was up today to do some short game with me and also to work with my Foundation Team. I saw him from 8am till 10am. I have been struggling with the short lob shot, so we worked on that and keeping my head still when I putt.
I was out hitting balls every morning last week apart from Wednesday where I played with Alan Reid of Welltonic and two of his customers, Frank Rattray and Stewart Barrie. Alan is a great supporter of my Foundation.
I spoke to Scott Crocket who is the press officer to the European Tour, they put a piece on the Tour website about my Foundation work, click HERE to read the article.
On Friday evening we were out at Kellands Primary School in Inverurie to help raise funds for their helping hands charity which I was patron of, 70% went to the Archie Foundation which was brilliant. My thanks to everyone for making us so welcome.
Alan, Frank, myself and Stewart