Another lovely day with a swirling breeze made scoring pretty tough as the wind was switching all over the place. I struggled off the tee today missing a lot of fairways but my irons were very good so had plenty of birdie chances which I holed very little of but putted nicely even though I really struggled with the pace of the greens which are slower than were used to. I played with Colsaerts which is always good fun, Nicolas was 70 and I was 71.
I see the powers that be have banned long putters. I kind of see long putters like psychologists; Some need them some don't but available to all.
Last night was the welcome dinner where all the Pro's sat with their pro-am teams for todays pro-am which was a 10am shotgun. The super sports show was broadcast live from last nights dinner with each Pro invited up for a q&a. This morning we had official photos on the 9th green with all 12 competitors as well as the draw for the first round which saw me paired with Nicolas Colsaerts.
Marian,Davy and I visited the elephants after the pro-am....
Marian and I headed into Dubai on the metro for a look about on Sunday night, the metro was good and very clean we also went to the Dubai mall where Mrs L got a new Jimmy Choo handbag (all the gear)
We flew on Emirates to Joburg on Monday morning which took 8 hours then we flew on a King Air 200 to Sun City with Peter Hanson and his family. We are staying at the Palace Hotel this week which is absolutely stunning. I played the front nine this morning (Tues) the course is a little soft and the greens quite slow which will change I'm sure but the condition as ever is fantastic. I have only played the Million Dollar once before in 1999 so its great to be back.
SOS today hit it awesome and putted awful. Pity as tee to green this week was as good as I can remember but probably one of the worst weeks ever with the putter but I know I'm not the only player who that happens to but its still so so frustrating.
I got some tartan trousers from Ian Poulter to try and was going to wear them today but bottled it I had them on this morning to but decided against it. We fly to Johannesburg tomorrow morning for next weeks Nedbank Million Dollar at Sun City which were really looking forward to. Huge thanks to DP World our main sponsor this week as well as all the other companies involved.
Another frustrating day on the greens meant I only shot 70 -2 to be three under overall. I have pulled a lot of putts this week which normally means the putter is left of the line on way through instead of down the line so I worked on that after my round today which felt better. Marian slept from 8pm last night till 9am this morning half woman half mattress...... Need to hole some putts tomorrow as long game in fantastic shape.
Hit it nicely this morning but again frustrating with the putter as missed a load of chances. The greens are very good but have quite a bit of grain in them so there tough to read. Scoring is again good so need to go low over the weekend.
Marian arrived this morning which is great and will come with me next week to Sun City for the Nedbank Million Dollar.
Got off to a terrible start by 4 putting the first hole for a double bogey 6 just the start you don't want but made birdies at the next two holes both from very close in. Eventually it all added up to 71 -1 both myself and Graeme Mcdowell putted very poorly which is a pity as we both hit it good but there's always tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday!!
Last night was the launch party for the official dvd of the Ryder Cup, where the whole team were in attendance. There was also a box set of a sweater and shirt we wore on the Sunday to raise money for the Seve Foundation, which will be for sale on Ryder Cup.com
Today I headed up to the course to hit balls to work with a glove under my right arm as my backswing has become out and up lately. The glove helps shorten and tighten the backswing. I also played 9 holes and had a press conference.
I played the pro am this morning at 7am with three really good guys so it was great fun. The course is in fantastic condition as it has been closed for 4 weeks. The greens are awesome and rolling pretty quick. I spoke to the BBC on the range about 2012 and I had a Sky interview about the Ryder Cup which will go out on Christmas Day. Ian Poulter left me some trousers in my locker as I mentioned to him I might wear some tartan next year, which was really good of him. I hit quite a few balls after the round today working on taking it more inside at the start of my swing as the club has been getting out and up the last few weeks.....it felt better.
I flew from Hong Kong at 12.35am direct to Dubai with Emirates for this weeks DP World Race to Dubai Championship. The flight was about 8 hours and our bags were waiting for us when we got to the baggage belt then it was straight into a car to the hotel....all very quick and easy. I managed to sleep on the plane which was handy. Huge congrats to Miguel Angel Jimenez for winning last week and for being the oldest winner in tour history, quite an achievement. I finished up in a tie for 10th which is never a bad week.
I had a tenner bet on with Stevie Gallacher for the Aberden Celtic game so paid him this morning (gutted) Shot 68 -2 today, which was about right and was actually a good effort as I was struggling with a sore stomach all day. I took some tablets I got from the doctor at the course but they made no difference but I soldiered on (Yes, Marian I know...man up) Overall this week has been ok and looks likely to a be top ten. I fly to Dubai tonight, which lands really early tomorrow morning.
It's a funny old game this golf. I didn't play very well today but my short game and putting were good so I managed to shoot 67 -3 to be -5 overall and in a tie for 13th, only five shots behind. I changed the grip on my putter after my round yesterday as I have been struggling with the feel of it. Sometimes it's something as small as that to make a difference, I certainly holed my fair share today. Looking forward to watching Aberdeen v Celtic on the tele tonight COYR
It was pretty much the same as yesterday, I hit it really nicely but I left a few shots out on the course. I had a bad finish again with two bogeys in the last three holes which is very frustrating but 69 this morning was a good score as it was very windy but I'm a glass half empty guy.
It was pretty windy this afternoon which made club selection tough, I hit it lovely and was three under on the last tee but made double bogey. My tee shot was a yard to far left and ended up in the trees. I clipped the last branch and ended up in the water. Typical....as I only had three single putts all day then you get really unlucky at the 18th but that's how it goes. arghhhhhhhhhh
I played in the pro am this morning at 7.30am which was good fun. I headed back to the hotel for a nap before taking part in the Urban Golf Challenge which was a 47 yard par 3 built downtown. There were 5 players....McIlroy, Kuchar, Olazabal, a young amateur and myself. One player was eliminated each round, it was great fun with Rory eventually beating me in the final.
I was wide awake at 3am this morning so I watched some dvds and then went to the gym at 5am. I headed up to the course and played the back nine. The course is very good as always and should be a good week. Myself and Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar and YE Yang had a press conference this afternoon at the "Pearl on the Peak", which is a tourist attraction very high up. We spoke to the media and hit some plastic balls over the cliff, which was good fun.
Marian and I drove up to Turriff in the morning to deliver my biography to Brian and Eddie at Morrison Motors. Then had lunch at celebrations, which was awesome as ever. I flew at 5.30pm from Aberdeen to Heathrow then onto Hong Kong overnight, I slept most of the way which was a surprise as I have a sore throat. I'm now at the hotel waiting for some food.
I was at the Bon Accord centre this morning to buy raffle tickets and do some pictures to promote "Win a mini" in aid of Clan. Then it was up to Cove to see my Mum and have some lunch. I played a few holes at Deeside with Craig and Michael then it was home to watch Soccer Saturday on the couch. Great result for AFC
I left the house at 5.30am this morning to drive down to Whitekirk Golf Club for a meeting about a possible re design. Then it was straight back up the road for a book signing at First Group headquarters with some of the staff.
I watched Michael play badminton at RGU then home for a bowl of pasta and a Belhaven.
We were at the Marcliffe last night for a dinner laid on by Deeside Golf Club to celebrate my recent success, which incredibly had nearly 400 members in attendance. Huge thanks to Debbie Pern, Neil Harper, Duncan Skinner and Ian Thomson as well as everyone who took a table. Nearly 20k was raised for our Foundation, which was fantastic and we also sold 250 copies of my book on the night, which also goes to the Foundation. Some of the junior members as well as Craig and Michael help sell my book....thanks guys! Ryder Cup director Richard Hills and European Tour Head of Media, Scott Crockett (an Aberdeen loon) brought along the Ryder Cup which was really good of them. I got a bit emotional at the Q & A as the whole thing was very good of everyone and will be remember by us for a long time.
I fell asleep at 7.30pm and slept through to 3am which was pretty good. I watched the Ryder cup singles again so was awesome to see it all again don't think I'll ever get tired of watching it.
Marian and I met with Robbie at PLGC in the morning then I had meetings all afternoon one of which was with Matthew Smith who won the how did I do order of merit where he beat 27,000 people which is a fantastic effort. Matthew used to live behind us at Kingswells.
I flew from Hong Kong at 11.25pm on Sunday evening which meant crossing the border from China which was interesting as we got out of the car and walked over the border while the taxi took the luggage. The flight was 13 hours and we were the first plane to land at Heathrow at 4.32am I have never seen T5 so quiet. I then flew to Aberdeen at 6.50am feeling as fresh as a daisy (not) but its really nice to be home.
I played lovely for the first 14 holes to be five under for the day then completely lost the plot. I fatted my second shot at the 15th from the middle of the fairway to make double bogey then hooked it off the 16th to make another double then three putted the 17th from 5 feet. To eventually shoot 72 level par, which is really hard to believe but unfortunately it's true. I played some really good golf this weekend but shot level par....criminal.
I played really good today but putted awful. I missed 10 putts inside 15 feet. I drove the ball especially good hitting every fairway and pretty long but incredibly I shot 72 level par which is hard to believe. Scoring is very good today which makes it even more frustrating. Never mind only one more sleep till home.......cana come quick enough.
I was 4 under for the day after ten holes and playing lovely but then hit some awful shots mixed with some poor putting meant I only shot -1 for the day to be 4 under overall, which is disappointing but it is what it is. The caddie of the year party is tonight, which should be good fun.
I played at 9am this morning with Ian Poulter and Nick Watney, which was good crack. I shot 69 which was a good effort as I struggled again with rhythm/ball striking. Last night there was a pro am party which was a good night, hosted by HSBC
Better keep to the Fairways!!!