Congratulations to Foundation member Laura Murray for winning the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews yesterday. Laura is working extremely hard on her golf so it's nice to see it paying off.
Madrid Masters 4RD 73+70+69+76=288 (LVL)I was 35 on the front nine and 41 on the back nine which all adds up to an ugly 76 blows! This week I played really good for 63 holes then awful for the final nine.....strange but true. In this game you've got to take your chances when they come and I didn't do that for the first 63 holes, I was then punished for the poor shots......which is fair enough. It was very hot again today and I'm now on my way to the airport.........home tonight, nice!!!
Madrid Masters 2RD 73+70=143 (-1)I played lovely today and shot 70 to finish one under overall which was a disgrace as had I been on the leaderboard it would have been about right. I lost count how many birdie chances I missed and of course I finished bogey bogey to probably miss the cut by a shot. I've hit so many good shots this week but that's how it goes sometimes. It's unbelievably frustrating when you play good and get nothing from it.
Madrid Masters 1RD 73 (+1)I played pretty good today, only hitting two shots off line but struggled with the putter. I gave myself loads of chances but for some reason I couldn't get the line and speed at all, to be fair the greens have loads of slopes but it wasn't to be today......there's always tomorrow.
I dropped the boys at school on Monday morning then Marian and I headed out on the bikes, we cycled as far as Drumoak and back along the Deeside Way. It was great fun but my bum has been aching ever since. I flew to Madrid on Tuesday morning with KLM through Amsterdam which is my favourite airport (Boss shop/Burger King) it's also so easy to transfer through. I played the pro am yesterday morning, the course is in fantastic conditiion, I also really like Madrid as a city.
BMW PGA 4RD 71+69+71+71=282 (-2)I'd another level par round of 71 today which left me 2 under for the week. I played ok today but not great. The story for me this week has been my short game, it has been really good for a few weeks now which as you know makes all the difference. I left a few putts short in the jaws over the last few holes which was frustrating but overall I can't complain with my week's work. Congratulations to Simon Khan for a fine victory this week.
BMW PGA 3RD 71+69+71=211 (-2)I had two totally different nines today, I played really well on the front nine but holed nothing and then struggled on the back nine but putted lovely. I shot level par 71 which leaves me 2 under and just inside the top ten. It was very hot again with a little breezy which made the course pretty tough and scoring was slightly higher.
BMW PGA 2RD 71+69=140 (-2)Today didn't start the way I had planned, I made a double bogey at the first but thankfully my attitude was fantastic and I finished with a 69 for a -2 total thanks to birdies at the last three holes. My putting has been excellent again this week, it's amazing what a difference that makes. The course was quite a bit tougher today with a wee breeze blowing which made club selection difficult.
BMW PGA 1RD 71 (LVL)Finished with level par 71 today, my round was up and down with birdies, bogeys and an eagle but overall level is ok. The course is probably 1 or 2 shots harder now but thankfully the weather has been pretty good. I met with my new front of hat sponsor, Alpesh from Kalixa for a quick drink in the clubhouse after my round then headed by to the hotel to relax.
I dropped Craig at Dunecht House as he was playing in one of our Foundation stableford events, my thanks goes to everyone at Dunecht for looking after everyone so well.
Marian, Michael and I then headed to Murcar Golf Club for our end of season boys club golfing outing. I gave a 30 minute golf clinic to all the kids and parents and the boys then played 9 holes around the Strabathie course. The golf was followed by a buffet meal and the prize giving. It was a nice sunny day and all the boys behaved really well. Our thanks to everyone at Murcar Golf Club who were superb and looked after us extremely well.
A huge well done to the North East team who won the area team championships at Kinross, the team included Foundation memebers, David Law and Philip McLean.....well done lads!
Paul Lawrie Foundation U10's and U11's with their trophies
Italian Open 4RD 67+73+73+71=284 (-4)I had a very up and down day today with quite a few birdies and bogeys. I got off to a perfect start with a birdie at the first but again hit it in the water at the 4th to make double bogey. Eventually it all added up to a 71 -1 to finish four under for the week. I flew from Turin direct to Aberdeen thanks to my new sponsorship deal with Cloud 9 personal aviation. I gave my caddie Andy and his mate Ferret a lift as the ash cloud had closed Milan airport and their flight to Birmingham was cancelled, they then hired a car to drive down south.
Italian Open 3RD 67+73+73=213 (-3)I got off to a horrible start today, +4 after 4 holes which was about right as I hit some awful shots. Then I played really good and missed a load of birdie chances to finish with 73 +1 to be three under overall. I missed from three feet at the last of birdie which is a pity as to get it back to par for the day would have been a good effort after my lovely start! The positive thing today was my attitude was good which is unusual when it starts to go pear shaped.
Italian Open 2RD 67+73=140 (-4)
I played good this morning but struggled with the putter. I shot 73 to be 4 under overall. It rained quite a bit again this morning, we've certainly had a rough draw this week as yesterday morning was nice and it's nice now this afternoon for the other half of the draw. I'm a little bit frustrated today as I hit it much better than yesterday but that's golf, I guess.
Italian Open 1RD 67 (-5)It was a similar story today as last week, I struggled a bit with my long game but putted magnificently. It's amazing how this game works, it doesn't matter how you hit it if you hole putts. We only had a two hour delay this morning which was remarkable as there has been so much rain over the last few days.
We stayed in the Melia hotel last night which is close to Malaga airport then we flew to Milan this morning on Easy Jet. Andy and Ferret were to tight to pay for speedy boarding (mind you, it was 6 quid!! ) The boys then gave me a lift to Turin in their hire car and it's pouring rain!! I was pleased with last week but also disappointed as I had a good chance to win but hit a poor shot off 18 but there were so many positives.