I was left out again this morning so Marian and I watched the early golf in bed in the room then headed up there around 9.30am. I played with Nicolas Colsaerts against Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson which we lost 1 down. We both missed so many putts and they holed a few long ones which is always the difference at the Ryder cup. The overall score is now 10-6 to the Americans but we won the last two games out on the course which hopefully might be important.
I wasn't playing this morning but Marian and I both headed up to watch all the matches tee off. The atmosphere was awesome. I played a few holes and hit some balls with Peter Hanson then headed back to the team room for lunch. I teed off at 12.05 with Peter Hanson against Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. We lost the match 5&4 with the American boys 11 under for 14 holes which apparently is a Ryder cup record so it was not a nice welcome back but not much you can do against that. I actually played pretty good and would have been under par. Marian and I currently out on the course watching Westwood/Colsaerts.
Last night was the welcome dinner hosted by the PGA of America at our table were the Westwoods the Hansons as well as Bubba and his wife and Steve Stricker and his wife. We were then taken by bus to the Akoo theatre to be announced on stage by Justin Timberlake
Today I played with Peter Hanson against Westwood and Colsaerts and yes I again lost money but played ok. The whole team are in fantastic spirits and all playing well. We have the opening ceremony this afternoon which is the last official function.
There was a strictly Ryder dance competition in the team room last night where we were put into three teams. I was worse than hopeless but our team of Justin/Kate Rose, Miguel Jimenez/ girlfriend Suzanne and Marian and me won it was all really good fun especially Poulter who did a worm across the floor and other moves which was hilarious.
Today I played with Colsearts against Westwood and Molinari and again lost the money by 2&1 but actually played nicely and certainly felt better. We only played 9 holes as yesterday took 6 hours which is too long. We had a rules meeting in the afternoon in the team room.
I played with Sergio Garcia, Graeme Mcdowell and Rory Mcilroy today. It was Sergio and myself against the two Irish lads and we got totally thumped 5&4 which was a combination of us not playing great and them playing lovely but I'd rather get beat today than friday!! I had some tv and press to do this afternoon. We are going to the steak house in the hotel tonight for dinner.
Marian and I flew down last night to London in case the shuttle was late monday morning. The official Virgin charter left at 11am with only myself Colsaerts and Molinari on board as well as vice captains Darren Clarke and Jimenez and of course Captain Ole (he wants us to only call him that this week). Flight was good fun especially with miguel in full flow entertaining everybody. We landed into rockford airport at 2pm local time and are now on our way to the hotel.
I was at Deeside today for our Foundation junior open and flag finals where we had over 120 kids. I gave a short game clinic for the younger ones then helped Iain with the prize giving. It was a lovely day and everybody seemed to enjoy it.
Marian and I fly to Heathrow tonight, then the official Ryder Cup charter leaves tomorrow morning at 11am.....cana wait.
We had the Wilson tour truck at PLGC today doing a demo day where people could get fitted for a set of clubs, which was very popular. Phil Bonham who is the tour guy for Wilson also made me up some new wedges that will be out soon which are very nice. I also spoke to Bunkered Magazine for a Ryder Cup article for their next issue.
I had a frustrating day on the greens today but the good news is I hit it awesome to shoot 67 to finish in a tie for third behind Gareth Wright in second and the winner Greg McBain. This week has been very good again. Huge thanks to everyone at Deeside Golf Club and of course our sponsors.......Aberdeen Asset Management, The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, Hunting, Farmfoods, Saltire Energy and Simmons & Co
It was a lovely morning for golf with no wind and perfect greens but I struggled to take advantage and eventually signed for a 68 -2, which is four shots behind our leader Greig Hutcheon who I played with for the first two days. Our son Craig was disappointed with his 77 today but it's all good experience for him and he will have learned a few things from playing this week.
It was pretty windy today with strong gusts so my 70 wasn't too bad. Club selection was tough as the wind was swirling quite a bit. Terry Mathieson shot a very good 65 followed by Greg McBain and Jordon Findlay on 67 which was good shooting on a tricky day. Hopefully I will be lower tomorrow. My caddie Davy and my son Craig both shot 73's, mind you Davy was -3 after 8 holes but took the gas....lol
Today was the pro am for our invitational this week at Deeside Golf Club. Huge thanks to Aberdeen Asset Management, Hunting, Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, Farmfoods, Simmons & Co and Saltire Energy for their sponsorship. The food today was top notch and everyone enjoyed their day. The winners today was the Deeside team with a score of 55 led by the professional Scott Henderson. I'm really looking forward to the next three days, should be good fun.
I played at Deeside today in a Saltire Energy golf day with staff and customers. I did a short game clinic then played some holes with each group. Huge thanks to everyone at Deeside as everything was very good today and also thanks to everyone who played, it was good fun all day.
I was at the Sports Village this morning to meet George Yule and his wife Alison to collect our maquette of the Denis Law statue, which looks great. I then had a meeting with Avril Gill, marketing manager of First Group. In the afternoon Craig and I had lunch at Deeside then played 8 holes.
I played at Deeside this morning with Craig and my caddie Davy Kenny who was up for a practise round for our invitational next week. Davy hasn't played much golf for a few years but hit it nicely (to my surprise) lol. We then took him over to PLGC to show him round.
Craig and I hit balls at PLGC this morning then we met Marian for lunch before heading over to Cove to visit my Mum. Michael was playing in the Aberdeen Schools golf tournament sponsored by the Foundation at Peterculter so I walked a few holes with him then did the prizegiving. Congratulations to all the prize winners. Huge thanks to Derek Johnstone, his son Cameron and Bob Skene for all your hard work today and also to Peterculter Golf Club for hosting the event.
Last night Marian and myself were at the Marcliffe for dinner with Alan & Val Reid, Brian & Audrey Morrison and Colin & Wendy Fraser, which I bought at an auction, it also included staying the night. It was the first time we've ever stayed at the Marcliffe, we all had a great night.
Today we were at Auchmill to watch Craig and Michael play for Deeside in the Junior Pennant final against Murcar. Deeside won 5-1, huge congrats to all the boys and well done to Murcar boys for making it to the final.
I was at Loch Lomond yesterday with David Law to play with staff and guests from Huniting. I gave a short game and long game clinic on the range then we played 6 holes with each group then dinner in the clubhouse. The course was in very good condition considering the rain they've had. We all had a great day, thanks to everyone at Loch Lomond for looking after us and thanks to Charlie Stewart from Royale Phototgraphics for the photos.
There was much less wind today, which made it easier to score. I shot 64 -7 and the team shot 129 -13 which meant I won the pro event and the team won the team event, which is always good. We all really enjoyed it this week. If Carlsberg did pro ams it would be the Carnegie Invitational at Skibo Castle!!!
I am up playing at Skibo Castle in the Carnegie Invitational, which is a 36 hole pro am. Today was the first round and it was very windy, which made it pretty tough. I shot 75 +4 which was a decent effort. I am one shot behind Gordon Law who shot a very good 74. My team are also doing well and are lying second. This is my first time playing in the event which has to be the best pro am ever.
I got off to a perfect start by making eagle at the first after a six iron to 15 feet but bogeyed the third and fourth. I then struggled on the greens. I hit so many good shots but the greens were bumpy again so tough to hole putts. I finished -11 in a tie for sixth, which is still a good week but I hit it better than that. Huge congrats to Ritchie Ramsay who played magnificent all day to win by four shots. Home tonight ye ha
I hit it really good and should have been quite a few less. The only poor shot was OB right off the 14th tee. I putted very well but missed so many. I'm now one shot behind Ritchie Ramsay so basically teed off two behind and now one behind so a good day overall.