I was up at Cruden Bay today with Craig and Michael who were both playing in the junior pennant for Deeside, the match ended 3-3. It was extremely windy with some holes unplayable but it was the same for both teams. The course looked in good nick. I hit some balls then watched the boys play the back nine.
I flew into Aberdeen at 10.15am this morning then headed straight to Michael's Sports Day at Countesswells.
In the evening we all watched the Champions's League Final which was a disappointing result but when Barca play like that it's very hard for even Man Utd to beat them.
BMW PGA 2RD 74+75=149 (+7)I shot 75 +4 today to be seven over total and going home. I played really good going out 33 -2 to be only one over for the tournament but played horrendous on the back nine 43 blows. I played some good stuff this week but unfortunately too many mistakes mean I'm heading home tomorrow as tonight's flight is full.
BMW PGA 1RD 74 (+3)
It was quite a tough day with heavy showers and a strong swirling wind. I played really good but had an 8 at the 12th. I finished with a 74 +3 which was a pity as I hit it good. The only poor shots I hit all day were both at the 12th. Luke Donald nipped it round in 64 which was very good this morning. After my round I was presented with my golfer of the month award for March by Keith Waters from the European Tour which was very nice.
I flew down to London this morning for this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. There was a pro am today to raise funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation and Cancer Research UK. I played and took a team, it was extremely windy but we all still had a great time. £618,000 was raised which is an incredible amount of money. Jose Maria Olazabal gave a speech at the end which was absolutely fantastic......he's such a class act.
My foot has been really sore again lately which might mean getting another cortisone injection.
Marian and I couldn't get home last night so we flew home early afternoon direct from Malaga. It was good to play in the Matchplay again but I was severely hacked off at myself yesterday at going home early but I suppose that's golf.
I popped down to Deeside to hit some balls when I got home then we all meet there for supper. The boys were playing in the medal but neither of them were any good. Now it's home to watch Britain's Got Talent in between hitting hundreds of putts.
Last night we had a photo shoot with all the players and then the gala dinner in the Volvo lounge. I sat at the European Tour table which was a good laugh. Today we had a shotgun pro am at 9am. The course is in magnificient condition especially the greens which are really quick. I don't play at all tomorrow, both my matches are on Friday.
Iberdrola Open 4RD 68+69+72+70=279 (-1)The forecast was for strong winds and much cooler which was bang on. The course has played tricky enough but today it was a real good test. I played good but again it was very tough to get the ball close enough to make birdies. I shot 70 to finish one under for the week which looks likely to be another top ten. I was very pleased with my finish of two under for the last four holes especially after taking a double bogey 5 at the 13th. I fly home tonight then have tomorrow off before flying back out to Spain on Tuesday for next week's Volvo World Matchplay.
Iberdrola Open 3RD 68+69+72=209 (-1)
It was one of those days where if we played for a flier it came out soft and vice versa. I hit some nice shots and actually played ok but shot 72 +2. The course is very, very frustrating as you can see by the scoring. It's difficult to get it close. I missed a couple of very short putts today but thankfully tomorrow is another day.
Congratulations to Sir Alex Ferguson and Man Utd on winning the Premier League today, his record is amazing.
Iberdrola Open 2RD 68+69=137 (-3)I hit it very poorly today so 69 was a good effort. This is not an excuse but I've struggled with my neck this week and have been taking painkillers each day. It's a bit of a struggle with the woods but not too bad. I went to the range to work on taking the club away a little slower off the ball which seemed to do the trick. The good news is my chipping and putting were excellent today. Sometimes you are going to struggle and you just need to grind out a score which I did today. I would like to apologize to everyone watching the coverage today for swearing on the 8th tee. I've just had a roasting from my darling wife, I should know better at my age!!
Iberdrola Open 1RD 68 (-2)I had a pretty good day shooting 68 -2 which was a decent score in the afternoon as there was a wee bit of wind and the course was quite bouncy.
I played in the pro am this morning teeing off at 9.30am and finishing at 2.50pm. Five hours and 20 mins is longer than normal but my playing partners were all nice people so it was, of course no problem. Jose Maria Olazabal has made some good changes to the course over the years and it is now a very good test of golf and it's in great condition.
Seve's funeral was today which was very sad indeed, we will all miss him terribly. Hopefully the idea of changing the Tour's logo to one of Seve will gather some pace as the great man paved the way for us all.
Spanish Open 4RD 72+71+72+67=282 (-6)It was very hot and humid today with hardly any wind. I played good and managed to knock in a few birdie putts. I shot 67 -5 to finish -6 overall and in a tie for 5th. I normally struggle the first week back out after a break so this week was a bit of a bonus. I fly to Majorca tonight and hopefully I will continue my good run of form.
Spanish Open 3RD 72+71+72=215 (-1)
I played awful on the front nine today (+2) then hit it really good but couldn't buy a putt on the back nine (-2) to shoot level and finished one under for the tournament. It was quite a bit tougher today as there was more wind.
It is very about Seve, I found out when I arrived at the course this morning as I didn't have the tv on this morning. He was my idol growing up. The first time I played with him I never slept the night before and was wetting myself on the first tee. He was a legend and an inspiration to so many people. RIP Seve.
Spanish Open 2RD 72+71=143 (-1)
It was a very similar day to yesterday, I played good and had it three under for a while but again made some silly mistakes. I finished with a 71 to be one under overall. There was a little more wind today which made the front nine play very long.
There was a statement from Seve Ballesteros's family today saying that his health has taken a turn for the worse which is very sad. I have kept in regular contact with Seve and his nephew Ivan. Hopefully his health will improve.