Castello Masters 70+69+71+67=277 (-7) T40I flew out on Tuesday to Valencia via Paris which didn't arrive until late. The courtesy car driver got lost before we even left Valencia, we went round in circles for ages eventually getting to my hotel after nearly two in the car. The journey should have taken 40 minutes, he kept saying 'I don't speak English' The course this week was fine but not great, they have trees in bunkers which is annoying but very Spanish. I finished seven under for the week, I struggled with the hitting a bit during the first three days but played awesome in the final round and missed quite a few putts. The weather was superb most of the week. I played with Monty on Saturday and he was telling everyone he that he was flying home Easyjet, it was the first time he'd flown with them. He played good but putted magnificient. I started back in the gym this week....it's definately time to get fit!!
Portugal Masters 69+73=142 (-2)I flew to Lisbon on sunday night and then jumped in a taxi to the Algarve. Two and a half hours later and nearly 400euros I arrived at my hotel. Marian and the boys also arrived Sunday night to spend the week which is always good. I spent a lot of time on Tuesday and Wednesday searching the tour vans for a new putter, eventually settling on a Scotty Cameron Kombi. I played nicely on Thursday and putted slightly better to start the week with a 69. Before my round on Friday the kombi felt awful so Andy went to the locker to find replacement which was not one of my better decisions as I putted awful all day. I ended up missing the cut by two shots which was incredible as I hit it really good again. I have been struggling with the putting for a while now and a change of luck would be nice!!!
Madrid Masters 70+70+69+70=279 (-9)The course this week was in poor condition with preferred lies within one club length all week. The greens were ok and with little or no rough the scoring was always going to be low. I stayed as I always do at the Mirasierra Suites, I feel really comfortable there and always sleep great. My long game was in fantastic shape and I managed to give myself so many birdie chances. My short game wasn't great and my putting was very poor indeed. I played both weekend rounds with Jose Maria Olazabal who I always get on really well with. The weather was good in Madrid which makes it so much easier for everyone. I will be on the Odyssey tour truck first thing Tuesday morning looking for a new weapon and a change of luck. I flew to Lisbon on Sunday evening and then jumped in a taxi to Faro, Marian and the boys are meeting me there for next weeks Portugal Masters.
Bert, my father in law dropped me at the airport this morning for my flight to Madrid via Amsterdam. I went to the gym when I arrived as I need to loose a few pounds and get fitter as Marian and I along with Murray and Lynda are walking the West Highland Way next summer for charity.....so I need to be prepared!! We had a meeting last night with Murray and Lynda regarding the Foundation for next year. They have done an excellent job again this year, we're so lucky to have them.
Dunhill Links 3RD 75+68+72=215 (-1)
I was level par 72 at Carnoustie today. I was three under for my front nine and three over for the back nine. I didn't play quite so good but still good enough to break 70. Overall this week I have hit it awesome and shot the highest score I possibly could every day. It's been very very frustrating with the putter, I have hit a huge number of fairways and greens but that is not what the game is all about, it's about getting the ball in the hole....which I have struggled with again this week.