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September 2008
Monday 29th September 2008
I flew from Birmingham to Amsterdam last night as I had an Aberdeen Asset Management golf day today for six of their Dutch clients. I played 9 holes with each group and then had some lunch in the clubhouse. I fly back to Aberdeen tonight and tomorrow morning I am seeing Neil Marr for a quick check up before heading down to St Andrews for the Dunhill Links Championship.
Sunday 28th September 2008

British Masters 4RD 69+71+74+72=286 (-2)

I finished off my third round this morning making two bogeys and no birdies for a 74 and -2 for the tournament. Everyday since Thursday has been a struggle so to shoot 72 in my final round, I shouldn't really complain. I hit some awful shots with the driver. I fly to Amsterdam tonight for an Aberdeen Asset Management day tomorrow then back to Aberdeen tomorrow night. I played with Thomas Bjorn today which is always good fun, he was laughing at me because my attitude was very poor because of the way I hit the ball.
Saturday 27th September 2008

ish Masters 3RD

More fog this morning meant another lengthy delay. I didn't start my third round until 3.45pm. We teed off on the 10th and made it round to the 5th when play was stopped for bad light. I am currently level par for my round which has been up and down however I am only three shots off the lead so anything can happen yet.
Friday 26th September 2008

British Masters 2RD 69+71=140 (-4)

I had a one under par round 71 today, which overall was probably about right. I struggled a wee bit with the driver and putter but thankfully my iron play was good. I missed a short putt on the 9th which seemed to rock my confidence for a few holes. We had a 3 hour 15 minute delay yesterday which meant the afternoon starters didn't quite finish their rounds today.
Thursday 25th September 2008

British Masters 1RD 69 (-3)

Thankfully Andy was feeling much better this morning which is great news, I think he got a bit of a scare. I teed off from the 10th at 12.50 today and played nicely to shoot 69. I drove the ball really well which is very important this week. There was a slight breeze just to keep us on our toes, my attitude was good today.
Wednesday 24th September 2008
I played in the pro am today, my team won which was brilliant, we shot 61 which was very good considering the rough. I played nicely, the greens are superb and are the best I have ever seen them atThe Belfry. Andy, my caddie was in hospital most of today with an irregular heart beat, he did come up to the course in the afternoon to walk the last few holes, he says he will be ok to work tomorrow.
Monday 22nd September 2008
We had a busy weekend! Michael had a footie fours football tournament at Kaimhill on Saturday morning, we then went straight to Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen play Dundee United........well I watched the whole game, Marian and Michael stayed in the lounge to watch the Ryder Cup, can't say I blame them really, Aberdeen were very poor. Craig played for FDS on Sunday morning, winning 10 -1. On Sunday we also had our Junior Open and Flag Series Final at Deeside. 150 children of all ages and handicaps took part. I performed two clinics, one for the early starters and one for the later ones. We had some fantastic scoring, so 'well done' everyone. A special thank you from Marian and myself goes to Murray and Lynda Carnie for all their hard work this year with the 'Junior Golf Programme'
Friday 19th September 2008
Marian, Michael and I went to see Mamma Mia last night which was really good but I think the show was better, in my opinion. We watched the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup when we got home. We'll be sitting glued to it all weekend.
Thursday 18th September 2008

Murray and I have been at the David Lloyd Centre twice this week. On Monday evening we played badminton and today we played tennis, this is the start of my winter fitness plan. I have also managed to spend a fair bit of time on the range this week, mainly working on my change over as it was getting a bit quick. We have bought a new green iron to help speed up my putting green at home. The difference already is incredible.

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The green iron in action

Tuesday 16th September 2008
I was at Gleneagles yesterday for a RBS golf day but unfortunately because of the rain all the courses were closed. We made my clinic a bit longer and then put all the guests swings on video. Despite the weather I think everyone had a good time. My thanks to Ken Barclay from RBS and all the staff at Gleneagles and not forgetting John the photographer....a legend as always. During the question and answer session someone asked me my plans going forward, I said my plan was to win more events in my 40s than I did in my 20s and 30s and I will do all I can to play in the Ryder Cup in Wales.
Monday 15th September 2008
I've just landed in Aberdeen and you guessed it.........no bags from KLM...surprise surprise!!! The reason I couldn't fly last night was because they told me it was illegal to travel without your luggage. They don't care because they know the public have no choice but to use them.
Sunday 14th September 2008

Merc Benz 4RD 70+72+71+74=287 (-1)

74 today which wasn't bad considering the way I drove it and putted. I really struggled with the driver, I just couldn't find it today for some reason. This morning was the best I had hit it on the range all week but from the off I struggled. I holed very little yesterday but even less today. I have next week off and I would like to wish Europe the best of luck in the Ryder Cup.

My flight to Amsterdam was delayed about an hour which meant I had very little time to catch my connection to Aberdeen but after a 'Linford Christie' performance I made it to the gate only to be told I could not get on the plane because my luggage wasn't going to make it. What a total joke!! I have lost count how many times my luggage has been lost this year which has meant me travelling without it. Worse was to come when I went to the KLM transfer desk and they imformed me they wouldn't be paying my hotel room even though it was their flight that was delayed. It really is unbelievable how these airlines get off with such atrocious service. I bet my luggage is not on the flight tomorrow morning.

Saturday 13th September 2008

Merc Benz 3RD 70+72+71=213 (-3)

71 today which could and should have been a lot better. I played good but had two double bogeys, both from nothing. I was very unlucky at the 14th where my ball rolled into an unplayable lie in the green side bunker. I came off the course very very frustrated but that's golf and there's always tomorrow. I am now just outside the top 10 so a good day on Sunday is required.
Friday 12th September 2008

Merc Benz 2RD 70+72=142 (-2)

There was a half hour delay to tee times this morning because of fog, we also had a lot of rain overnight which made the course play very long. I shot 72 and played ok, it was quite tough again today with some heavy showers. In my opinion it was a mistake by the tour not to have prefered lies because the ball was picking up a lot of mud. I played with Bernhard Langer which is always really good, he's a nice guy and a true professional.
Thursday 11th September 2008

Merc Benz 1RD 70 (-2)

I shot a two under par round of 70 today which was good because there is a bit of wind and the rough is tough if you go off line. My attitude was fantastic and I managed to stay patient when it wasn't going so well.....very unusual!! I putted nicely but I normally do when the greens are pure.
Wednesday 10th September 2008
I was first reserve on site for the afternoon pro am today, which means if anyone pulls out up to two and a half hours after tee off I would then play but thankfully at 4pm I was free to go. I spent all day going from the range to the chipping and putting green. I focused on speed drills with the putter because the greens are very quick this week.
Monday 8th September 2008
I flew via Amsterdam this morning to Cologne for this week's Mercedes Benz Championship. I wouldn't normally leave on a Monday but I don't normally get in the pro am this week, so I need to play the course tomorrow. I managed to hit balls over the weekend after not doing much early in the week. I popped over to Kemnay to watch our new Junior Club challenge, there was a field of 44 players. Kemnay has changed so much since I was a junior member there. They now have a fantastic facility.
Thursday 4th September 2008

I was at the Carrick for the Gothenburg Greats Golf Day where 19 teams took part. I was positioned on the par 3 14th hole for a beat the pro competition. Sixteen golfers managed to get their tee shot inside mine which I thought was impressive. It was a great day and I really enjoyed it.

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Tuesday 2nd September 2008

It was fantastic news about Sone Aluko signing a three year deal at Pittodrie. Well done to Willie Miller and the team for making it happen.

There's nothing worse than not feeling your best but at least I've been able to watch the transfer deadline on tv which was pretty exciting. I've been able to do some putting indoors which is feeling great.

Monday 1st September 2008

I saw my doctor this morning and got some antibiotics for a chest infection. I was suppose to be at Sunningdale tomorrow for an Aberdeen Asset company day but my doctor advised my to lay low for a few days. It is the first time I've ever had to withdraw from a company day but as ever Aberdeen Asset have been brilliant to deal with, they really are a fantastic sponsor.

I was a little suprised by the omission of Darren Clarke from Faldo's picks, I felt Darren had done enough especially after winning in Holland two weeks ago.