I watched quite a bit of the Vivendi Trophy, well done to Captain McGinlay and his team especially as so many of the GB & I players passed up the chance of playing. Also well done to Al Forsyth and David Drysdale for qualifying for the World Cup in China with a closing 66.
I have hit so many putts this week, trying to get some confidence. I haven't played much but when I have I hit it really nicely. I head down to the dunhill tomorrow morning.
I have been busy practising my putting at home this week. My Father in law, Bert has my green in fantastic condition. We have seen a big difference since we bought a green iron, he sits on it and zips back and forth.
Alan Reid of Welltonic and I were at the cup game at Dundee last night which was very disappointing, especially our defending. Dundee missed three or four clear chances.
Adam Hunter is up tomorrow to do some short game with myself and the Foundation team.
Austrian Open 4RD 68+70+71+69=278 (-6)I shot 69 today to finish six under for the tournament. Again I played awesome and putted extremely poorly. This week I have hit 64 of the 72 greens, most of them close enough to be birdie chances but the putting has really let me down. I hit so many good putts today that slipped by. The positive thing is my ball striking has really improved since switching to Bob. I have next week off so I will be hitting thousands of putts.
Austrian Open 3RD 68+70+71=209 (-4)It's the same story today, I hit it really good and missed pretty much everything. I was looking at the tournament stats which has me first in greens hit this week with 94.4% which shows how good my ball striking has been. I have been working really hard this week on my putting so hopefully things will get better soon.
Austrian Open 2RD 68+70=138 (-4)I shot 70 today to finish four under overall. I played really nicely and had 34 putts. I don't think I could have played any better over the first two days. The greens are really nice so unfortunately I can't blame them. I don't feel that I'm hitting poor putts, they're just not going in....but there's always tomorrow. I feel with the way I'm hitting it, there's a really low one in there.
Austrian Open 1RD 68 (-3)Shock, surprise, horror, yes you guessed it, I played good and putted really poorly. I gave myself so many birdie chances from around 10 feet but just couldn't get it in. The positive thing is that I am hitting it awesome but the putting is driving me mad.......or am I already there!!
Merc Benz 4RD 68+71+69+76=284 (-4)I drove it horribly today and putted even worse. It's very, very hard to take after playing so good all week to finish way down the field. I missed so many putts from inside 10 feet, it's unbelievably frustrating......but what's new!! I played with Anders Hansen who shot 5 under and played lovely.
Merc Benz 3RD 68+71+69=208 (-8)I played really good again and gave myself so many chances. I putted better than yesterday but I still felt I left quite a few out there. There was a little more wind today which made it tougher, I shot 69 which was a pretty decent score.
Merc Benz 2RD 68+71=139 (-5)I shot 71 today and played really good but putted awful, missing 7 or 8 birdie chances from inside 10 feet.....so, so frustrating to hit it like that and miss so many putts, but that's the game I guess. At least my ball stiking is back, which is nice. This week is such a good event, Bernhard Langer and his brother Irwin do a great job with everything.
Merc Benz 1RD 68 (-4)It was quite windy and cold today so I was very happy with my 68. I hit it really solid again and gave myself plenty of birdie chances. The greens were really quick again and a superb surface.
I arrived into Dusseldorf last night, this week I am staying in the Radison which is the offical hotel. I played in the morning shotgun pro am at 8am. I continued on from Gleneagles with ball striking. The course in excellent and the greens are particularly quick. The courtesy cars are awesome this week with most of them being the 500 model. I will watch the football tonight with Al Forsyth, here's hoping for a win for the boys.
Over a very windy and often wet Dundonald Links our finalists battled it out to become the 'Paul Lawrie Junior Jug' champion for 2009. Scoring proved to be very high especially for the late starters who had the worst of the weather. However our young golfers persevered against the elements and produced some excellent golf.
Highlight of the day was the performance of Stirling Univerity student Colin Baird who knocked it round the links in 72 shots. With the flag poles bent double and driving rain this was truly an outstanding score. He won the scratch title from Scott Gibson (Southerness GC) and Eamon Bradley (Mount Ellon GC) who both shot 78. Scott pipped Eamon for second place with a better last six holes.
In the handicap event it was a very close run event with only one shot seperating the first three places. Jamie Lynch ( Falkirk) lifted the title on a better inward half from Gorden Cowen (West Lothian) after the pair had registered a 76 nett. Close on their heels was Chris Low (Tantallon GC) who shot a nett 77.
Our first ever national competition was a huge success. We had seven regional qualifying events with over 500 golfers attempting to qualify for the final 56 places. The Paul Lawrie Foundation would like to thank all the clubs and tournament officals for their hard work in making this tournament run so smoothly. Special thanks must be given to Adam Hunter, Emma and Beth who ran yesterday's tournament like a Tour Event. All the players received a signed photo, the range and practice area was set up for them to get warmed up and they were fed and watered before, during and after their golf. Adam also organised a question and answer session with myself which went down a treat with the players and parents followed by the prize giving. The only disappointing part of the day was the fact that two of the prize winners were not present to receive their trophies.
Colin Baird - scratch winner
'Junior Jug Champion 2009'
I dropped the boys at school yesterday morning and then headed over to Cove to see my Mum. I was also in to see Gillian Mitchell, my osteopath who has been a huge part of my support team for many years. I was constantly out with injuries before I started working with Gillian. She really is fantastic at her job. I was at Aspire later to watch Michael hit balls and Craig had a lesson with Billy Fyfe.
I was down in London today to play in an Aberdeen Asset Management golf day at Sunningdale. You forget just how good a course it is and it was in great condition. I always really look forward to the buffet lunch which is superb.
We were at Deeside yesterday for the Paul Lawrie Foundation Team Challenge. The Foundation sponsors played against a press team and managed to beat them 4 matches to 2. I gave a clinic and we then played 18 hole foursomes. It was great fun with the course in fantastic conditiion.
In the evening we had our annual Foundation dinner at the Marcliffe. We had a fantastic turnout with 29 tables which was great in these difficult times. Richard Gordon was our MC, he was extremely smooth and professional. Our main speaker was Willie Allan and he also did our auction. Willie is a very, very funny man. We raised £35,000 on the night which was absolutely fantastic. Our special guests were two of my foundation team members, David Law and Philip McLean who have both done extremely well this year. It was a great night and my thanks go to everyone who attended and supported Marian and myself.