Volvo Masters 2RDTorrentail rain and a howling gale made the course play extremely tough today. Play was suspended when I was on the 11th fairway. I am only one over for the round which I think is a very good effort. The forecast for tomorrow is also very poor, so it must be odds on for a 54 hole event.
Volvo Masters 1RD 76 (+5)Yes, you guessed it........played good and putted awful. I had 36 putts today which was 7 or 8 too many. I hit one poor shot at the 8th and got punished with a double bogey. The wind really got up on the back nine making it tricky to score.
Castello Masters 4RD 71+70+71+67=279 (-5)The good news is...I played awesome today, the bad news is I holed very little but at least I am giving myself chances for birdies. I shot 67 and could easily have been 5 or 6 less. I fly to Malaga tonight and I'll have tomorrow off then play Valderrama on Tuesday morning.
Castello Masters 3RD 71+70+71=212 (-1)My long game was again very good today but my short game was awful, it's a pity because I'm giving myself so many chances for birdies and getting nothing out of it but that's golf. Some you win, some you don't. Come on you Dons!!
Castello Masters 2RD 71+70=141 (-1)I played very, very good today but yet again putted poorly. I hit it inside fifteen feet ten times and only shot one under par. I know you all are thinking I'm like a broken record but I am playing some of the best golf of my career and missing so many putts. Maybe they will go in over the weekend.
Castello Masters 1RD 71 (LVL)I got off to a poor and was three over after eight holes, I then played really good to get it back to level and I probably should have been less as I missed a few chances. The course reminds me of Valderamma...very, very frustrating to play because of the overhanging trees and sloppy greens but I did a good of staying in it especially after my start.
Portugal Masters 4RD 70+65+70+67=272 (-16) 2nd67 today to finish 16 under and second on my own! I played very very good this week. The last few months I have felt competitive again which is a great feeling. My thanks to Adam Hunter and Neil Marr who have both worked very hard on my behalf. Having Marian and the boys this week was brilliant, they really enjoyed walking round with me.
Portugal Masters 3RD 70+65+70=205 (-11)My third round was the weirdest I have ever seen and it's not finished yet. I had a double bogey, a triple bogey and two other bogeys but I also had 3 birdies and 2 eagles before play was suspended for lightening. I am on the 15th fairway at -11 for the tournament and we will finish off tomorrow at 7.50am
Portugal Masters 2RD 70+65=135 (-9)
65 blows today, I played really good and knocked in a few putts. The weather was a bit cooler which I much prefer. Everyone I say that too thinks I'm weird but I would rather be cold than hot. There are quite a few Scottish people here which is always nice. My ball striking was again very very good today.
It was extremely sad to hear of Seve's brain tumour, he was the Arnold Palmer of Europe. I remember the first time I played with him was in the Spanish Open in 1992. I never slept the night before and I got to the first tee really early and I remember Seve walking up the length of the tee and I got more nervous with every step he took. For me, he was Europes best ever player and a genius with a wedge and I wish him a speedy recovery.
Portugal Masters 1RD 70 (-2)Two under par round of 70 today, the rough is brutal this year so 2 under is never a bad effort. My ball striking was pretty good but I did hit some poor shots. It is really tough if you miss fairways or greens, the weather was beautiful again, the perfect temperature for golf.
Madrid Master 4RD 72+68+72+67=279 (-5) T29Today was by far my best ball striking day of the year. I had fourteen birdie chances but again the putter let me down. I shot 67 but it could have been really, really low which was frustrating but at least I am hitting it really good. I can't get home tonight so I will be staying in Amsterdam airport and catching the first flight to Aberdeen in the morning.
Madrid Masters 3RD 72+68+72=212 (-1)I was 72 today which is one over par, I played good but took 33 putts which at this level is five or six too many. I played with Pablo Larrazabal who shot a 62, he played and putted awesome, all his putts were going at the hole. It seems the older you get, the more you dribble them.
Madrid Master 2RD 72+68=140 (-2)A tale of two halves today, I played awesome on the front nine and also putted well to be out in four under par. I had good chances for birdies at the 10th, 11th and the 12th but missed them all. I struggled coming in and did well to make pars. The greens were poor in the afternoon so you're never sure if it's you or the poor surface but overall it was a very encouraging day where I actually holed a few putts, which was very nice.
Madrid Master 1RD 72(+1)I was three under after six holes even with missing three good chances and then played the next five holes in four over, eventually to finished with a 72. Todays round is exactly where I am at the moment....a lot of good but no confidence with the putter. I hit so many good shots today but shot one over!!
I am in Madrid this week for the Madrid Masters which is being played at Club de Campo. The Tour have visited there many times over the years.
Hats off to Robert Karlsson who has had an incredible couple of years. I played with him a few months ago and he said patience and working hard on his short game made all the difference. He is the same age as me, so if he can do it then so can I.