Heavy rain meant I only played a few holes but I managed to spend a few hours hitting balls and working on my short game. I also went to the gym again as I have been lazy lately. I had dinner with Marcus from 4 sports and managed to stay awake till 9.30pm and slept through till 5.30m. I followed the Aberdeen v St Mirren game on my ipad..........out on penalties again....pity!
The flight was just over two hours and got in late so I didn't get to the hotel until 1am but as ever I was wide awake until 5.30am. After some breakfast I headed up to hit balls. This is my first time at Mission Hills, which is quite an amazing place with 12 courses and the biggest pro shop I've ever seen. After lunch I headed down to the gym for an hour. This is the view from my hotel room.
Today was a real struggle but thankfully my short game was good this week with my new Wilson Staff fg tour wedges. Not sleeping well didn't help but not the cuase and hopefully I'll be better next week. Overall this week has been good as BMW really know how to lay on a tournament. I fly tonight to Shenzhen for next week's HSBC Champions.
It was a bit of a frustrating day as I finished with bogeys at the 16th and 18th but overall I didn't really deserve anything better than the 72 that I shot. In fact my short game was sharp or it could have been a few more but there's always tomorrow. I slept from 7.30pm till 3am, which is a bit better but still a struggle with the jet lag.
I really struggled on the first eight holes especially with the irons and was +2. Then I hit a nice shot into the 9th and knocked in the putt, I then hit it really good on the back nine to shoot 32 -4 and a score of 69 overall. It was quite breezy today but still ideal scoring conditions. I'm now -6 and in 15th position.
Thankfully I had a much better sleep last night so I felt pretty good this morning. We had a bit of rain early on but it didn't last long. I drove it good but struggled with my irons today for some reason but 69 is never bad. Jamie Donaldson shot a 62 which is a fair effort and gives him a four shot lead but there's a long way to go.
I was up early again and first down for breakfast long with Colsaerts who still hasn't stopped grinning from the Ryder Cup..........I think the dude enjoyed it. He said to me today that my dudeness was improving lol. I had a golf monthly interview and swing sequence this morning for their April issue then it was a 12pm shotgun pro am. The course is a nice layout with wide fairways. I'm struggling badly this week with jet lag but hopefully it will be better by tomorrow. The new Wilson wedges are in the bag from this week, they're really nice, so well done to everyone involved. Wilson Staff...."More majors won than any other brand!"
I had breakfast early then headed up to the course. I played the front nine, the fairways are very wide, which is a good job as the course is pretty long with a lot of long iron second shots. The facilities this week are very good with a nice short game area and range. We had a photo this morning with the Ryder Cup team minus Garcia who's not playing then I had a long nap before meeting Jamie from 4sports for a bite to eat.
I flew to Shanghai yesterday morning with ba, I didnt get much sleep on the flight so have just woken up after a good 6 hour kip in my room, which I will pay for now by being awake all night..... the joys!!! lol
I was at Tannadice with Ian Jack and Gavin Clark to watch Aberdeen play Dundee United. We had to go over the Cairn and through Edzell as the main road was closed. The game was delayed 15 minutes as the AFC bus didn't turn up till 2.30pm The game finished 1 -1 which overall was fair.
We had meetings at PLGC all morning then I met Graeme Webster in the afternoon. I managed to hit a few balls later on.
Marian and I drove down to Glasgow to have lunch with Caroline Hunter, it was great to see her and their new puppy....Harvey, who's a handful but great company for her.
I played 9 holes at Trump this morning with Craig and Michael then Marian and I headed up to Morrison Motors to pick up my new car which was a wee prezie to myself (think I deserve it) lol
Wilson sent me some new wedges to test, which are very nice. They have a new groove pattern on them to increase spin. I had a lesson with Andrew Locke in the afternoon, I hit a few balls and we worked on my putting.
Marian and I were up at Skibo Castle for the weekend with Alan & Val Reid and Brian & Audrey Morrison who were with us at the Ryder Cup so we thought we would treat them to a little celebration. We all had a great time and even managed to join in the dancing (Belhaven took over) Huge thanks to everyone at Skibo, it really is a lovely place to spend some time.
Myself, Marian and her Dad Bert put up some of our new corporate sponsors boards at PLGC this morning then I hit some balls in our new teaching bay. We were suppose to be playing in the Deeside pro am this morning but understandably it was cancelled because of the weather.
Marian and I were invited along to Clan House for a look around the whole building. The staff are first class. They have asked me to become their patron, which I accepted straight away so I'm looking forward to helping them raise some money.
I have been down in Harrogate over the last two days at the golf show with Robbie Stewart to look at buy stock for next year. I met a lot of PGA pros that I hadn't seen for ages so it was really good to catch with them all.
We played at the Old course this morning with Padraig Harrington and his partner JP McManus. I shot 68 with 33 putts which was very frustrating as I hit it really good but just missed so many. Craig was similar with neither of us holing enough putts. We both missed the cut but it has been great playing with him this week and a fantastic experience for him. We listened to the Kilmarnock v Aberdeen game on the radio on the way home. Nice win for the boys 3 - 1. I have two weeks off now which I'm really looking forward to.
We were at Kingsbarns today, I shot 70 -2, I hit it very good but putted woeful. Craig played awesome and would have been -3 on his own, which is very good and again great experience for him.
We were at Carnoustie today where loads of people turned up to say "well done", which was really good of them. I played very poorly the first 12 holes +4 then played nice the last 6 to finish +3, which was pretty poor but about right. Craig was very nervous on the first tee and sclaffed a 3 wood just over the burn. Shame.....but all good experience for him. After that he hit it lovely but putted poorly.
Craig and I along with Ryder Cup director Richard Hills delivered the Ryder Cup to Gleneagles by helicopter, which was prety cool. We managed to play 9 holes at Kingsbarns in the morning then 9 on the Old course in the afternoon.
Johan Rupert who owns Dunhill flew Martin Kaymer, Peter Hanson, myself and Marian back in a private jet into Edinburgh on Monday evening, which was very good of him and meant we got back to Aberdeen around 2am on this morning. It was great to see the boys, I even got a text from Craig saying "Well done Dad, brilliant", which was cool. Craig is my amateur partner this week at the Dunhill Links which will be awesome. We drove down this afternoon and hit some balls. I received loads of congratulations, which was really nice, everyone knows how important the Ryder Cup is to the tour. I then had a quck nap before having tea with our manager, Marcus Day.
At Saturday evenings team meeting Jose Maria said he believed we could still win and he was right. Ye ha!!
I played at number 5 against Brandt Snedeker and won 5&3 and was 6 under for 15 holes which was one of the sweetest moments of my career. To come back from 10-6 down on American soil was a fantastic performance by the team. No player wanted Jose to be a loosing captain.
The champagne was flowing early and long into the night. Team room was bouncing great fun. Head is a little sore this morning but who cares.