It was a bit of a struggle today, which was a combination of tough conditions, iffy ball striking and a cold putter. I shot 74 +3 which as it turns out isn't a disaster as scoring is pretty high. The course is really firm and the wind was blowing a fair bit. After some lunch I had a Q & A with some event sponsors in the hospitality tent. For some reason I didn't sleep to good last night so I'm going to head back for a nap.
I had a press conference this morning at 10.15 then a sky interview at 11am then I played in the pro am at 11.50. The course this week is very firm and fast but in good condition, the greens are rolling well so it should be a good week.
I flew with Eastern Airways this morning to Bristol via Leeds Bradford. As I was sitting in the lounge Gary McAllister ex Liverpool and Scotland legend came in, so we had a great chat. I've met him a few times and he's a really nice guy.
I hit some balls on the range and spent some time chipping and putting then hit the gym for a while. Celtic Manor always looks after me well especially this week as they have given me a suite!
I got off to a great start today by making eagle at the 4th and birdie at 6. I hit it really, really good all day and could easily have been a few less but anytime you shoot 66 in final round its a good day. We finished in a tie for second with Justin Rose, 4 shots behind Luke Donald its another great week and loads of Ryder cup and World ranking points.
We fly home tonight from terminal 5.
Today was very similar to yesterday with a very strong breeze making it really tough. I shot 71 -1 again finishing with three birdies. Again I felt I left a lot of shots out there especially on the 12th where my 5 iron second shot pitched a yard left of the green and ended up out of bounds. I must say I thought the course was to bouncy today especially with the new design where you can't run the ball to the green.
Marian and I are having dinner tonight with Brian and Audrey Morrison which will be good fun.
There was a lot more wind this afternoon so my 71 -1 was a decent effort. But I still felt I should have been a few less but that's golfers for you I guess. It was pretty calm this morning so we had the tough end of the draw but that happens sometimes.
We teed off at 8.30 this morning with Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter. I played nicely again to shoot 69 -3 which was good especially after breaking my driver on the 11th tee. The shaft snapped when I placed it (lol) back in my bag. We went to the Taylor Made van to get it replaced. After the round I was presented with my player of the month for February award by Richard Hills the Ryder cup director again it was very hot.
The tour dinner was very good last night I hadn't been to it for a few years and they put on a very good show. I played in the 8am shotgun pro am this morning with three really good guys, the weather was scorching and the course is much better than it had been rumoured. After hitting a few balls I had a golfing world interview with Derek Clements at the back of the clubhouse then I headed back to the hotel.
Marian has been at the Chelsea flower show all day which I would imagine she has loved.
Marian is with me this week which is great we flew at 9.20am this morning to terminal 5 and were picked up in a gleaming BMW 5 series courtesy of our sponsor for this weeks BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. We had a bite to eat in the players lounge then I hit some balls which included testing some new woods from Wilson staff which were very nice and will be in the bag soon. I had an interview with todays golfer for a course guide to Lytham for this years Open then had several interviews with BBC, Sky sports etc and then spoke to a few guys from the media.
We are at the tour dinner tonight at the Sofitel hotel which includes some player awards should be a good night.
I would like to apologise to all the media and tv for not speaking to them after my match yesterday morning. I was very angry and frustrated but I should have gone to the locker room for 5 mins to calm down and then come back out to speak to them. My actions were unlike me but that's the angriest I've ever been coming off a course but that's no excuse so I'm sorry...
I lost at the second extra hole today to Nicolas Colsearts. How I managed to do that I don't know as I was 4 up after seven but I putted really poorly all day. I was really angry with myself straight afterwards as you shouldn't lose from 4 up but it happens. It's another good week for me and loads of Ryder Cup points which is a positive. I fly home tonight probably still raging.......arghhhhhh
I hit it good all day, we beat Thomas Bjorn this morning 5 & 4 then beat Retief Goosen 6 & 5 in the afternoon. I played really solid and holed out very well, which is what you have to do when it's windy. I'm looking forward to the semi final tomorrow morning.
I played against Camilo Villegas this morning, which ended in a half match. Both of us played poorly and were both over par. There was a lot more wind than yesterday, which made it tricky but it was a poor standard, but we can't be good all the time. I'm through to the last 16, which is now knockout. I had to go back to the course to play off with Camilo to decide who finished first and second in our group. I made birdie at the ninth hole to win, so happy days......mind you I don't see what difference it makes.
It wasn't a very exciting game against Peter Hanson as both of us putted poorly, I eventually won 2 & 1, which was a good win as Peter is ahead of me in the world rankings and in the order of merit. It was a nice day with just a little breeze blowing. I was a little tentative with the putter today, which is understandable as the greens are very quick but I need to be more positive tomorrow.
We had the gala dinner last night at the hotel, which was very nice. I played in the pro am today, which was a 9am shotgun. My team were all from Sweden and were all very smartly dressed in matching outfits including tartan troosers! They were all good lads and we had a laugh. I only hit 50 balls or so and went back to my room early as it was a bit of a late night last night. Plenty of rest now before playing Peter Hanson at 12.30pm tomorrow.
After some breakfast, Davy and I headed out in a buggy (defo the way ahead) to play the back nine first then the front nine after lunch. The course is again in magnificient condition especially the greens, which are rolling pretty quick. I hit some balls on the range then was presented with a gift from Keith Waters to mark my 500th event this week, which was very nice of the tour. Who would have thought in 1986 playing off a 5 handicap I would have played 500 events on tour....amazing. Huge thanks to my wife who has made it easy for me to play this long (she loves it when I'm out of the house) and to our boys who rekindled my competitive spirit a few years ago. I'm almost emotional writing this!!
I flew from Glasgow direct to Malaga on Easyjet......speedy boarding, you cana beat it! My brother Stephen gave me a lift to Glasgow (nae free....shock!) The flight was only 2 hrs 50 mins which was pretty quick. This week is the Volvo World Matchplay at Finca Cortesin, which I'm really looking forward to, I have arrived early as I had last week off so I'll play tomorrow and Wednesday. Congratulations to Martin Laird for his 2nd place last week at The Players.
I met Scott Henderson and Greig Hutcheon at Deeside for lunch then we played 9 holes, which ended in a half between Scott and me. It was great to see them both and catch up.
My mates son Reiss Fraser was involved in a car accident on Saturday morning. Reiss......we are all thinking about you and hope you get better soon pal.
I was out at Inchmarlo this morning at 8am to see Andrew Locke for a lesson. He said it all looked fine but maybe the changeover was a little quick, which makes sense as I've been hooking it a ibt. So I worked on being a bit slower at the top. I stopped in at Deeside to hit some balls and to work on it for a while then Marian and I were at Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen play St Mirren, which was pretty boring and finished 0-0.
I played at Royal Portrush today with Alan Reid, Bruce Ferguson and Darren Clarke. Alan and Bruce had bought a round with Darren at an auction we had at Adam's pro am last year, which was great of them and fantastic of Darren to offer it. We left Aberdeen at 6am this morning, well actually it was 6.15am as Alan slept in!! Our flight from Edinburgh landed at 11am then it was an hour in a taxi to Portrush. The weather was awful, really heavy rain and pretty windy so we decided to only play 9 holes. Darren has very kindly offered to play again with the guys at another time when the weather is better. Royal Portrush is very very good and I can't wait to play the Irish Open there. We are staying the night then heading back home tomorrow. Big D is buying us dinner tonight. He's nae a bad lad you know!
I was down at Loch Lomond to today playing with Celtic captain Scott Brown and his two guests, Greg and Colin. I took my mate Colin Fraser down to caddie for me as he's a big Celtic fan. We had a great day and the course was in very good shape.
I got home on Saturday afternoon, of course minus my suitcase, which still hasn't arrived but at least I think they have found it., but when it will arrive no one knows!!
Michael won his first spoon medal at Deeside with a 72 gross 66 nett so he was chuffed as he has been struggling a bit. He is back down to 5 handicap so that will give him a boost. Craig won the men's medal last Wednesday with a 67 nett 66 and is back down to 0.3.
I hit it much better today, mind you that wouldn't have been difficult after yesterday's display. It was really windy and the greens were very soft and bumpy due to the amount of rain. I was absolutely miles away this week for some reason especially with the putter, which is a pity but it's been a good run so I can't complain (but I will) I said to Olazabal today "I guess that's me knackered for a pick if I need one" he laughed. He has to be one of the best pitchers of all time, it's magnificent to watch. I fly to Madrid tonight then to Heathrow and eventually home tomorrow. My luggage still hasn't arrived, which is the first time in nearly 20 years that has happened where it didn't arrive at all. Marian sent me some bits and pieces, which arrived yesterday.
Terrible weather + terrible ball striking + terrible putting = 78 terrible score!
But there's always tomorrow folks.
I still have no luggage and with yesterday being a Spanish holiday all the shops were shut but luckily I got some shirts from the Wilson truck and some shoes from Footjoy. I managed to buy a slipover and a pair of trousers from the pro shop. I also got a pair of boxers from Stephen Gallacher but it's a nightmare when your luggage is missing. I played the pro am this morning, the course is very good again as it was two years ago. The rough is severe so hitting fairways will be important this week. I'm off to El Corte Ingles now to buy some bits and pieces as there's no sign of my case showing up.
Just read that Stephen Hendry has retired from competitive snooker. Quite simply he was one of Scotland's all time sports stars and the best snooker player of all time!