I drove home this morning and have putted non stop. My stroke has become to long on way back then decelerating on through stroke so have been working on shorter backstroke then longer follow through.
I played at Kingsbarns on Friday with Stephen Gallacher and his partner Sir Martin Arbib which was good fun , I shot 68 which was better but still missed a load of putts
We played the old course on Saturday which is always good especially with the weather today which was ace, I shot 73+1 which doesn't tell the whole story as I hit it really good but had 36 putts , all 3 days my irons have been fantastic hitting it inside 15 feet so often only to miss miss miss which I know Is getting very boring telling you all the time but that's what's happening and has been all year , home tomorrow to work on it all day.
Marian arrived on Friday night which was great and we went to anstruther chipper tonight which was very good I know how to treat a girl eh !!!!
I shot 73+1 at Carnoustie today, I didn't take my chances but there's a long way to go. Martin and I played with Rich Beem and Michael Flatley the Irish dancer who was very nice indeed and chatted all day. I popped into Downfield golf club to present Kenny Hutton the retiring pro with a trophy from the club as a thank you for his 19 years as head pro. I have known Kenny for years so was a pleasure to be there.
Weather wasn't to good this morning so hit a few balls and did some short game before my 11 30am press conference which was dominated by all the call offs from next weeks Seve Trophy. I said it was disappointing so many have decided not to play but their schedules were their business but I would personally walk to Paris to play next week if needed as Seve made it possible for us all to play for such big prize funds in Europe and was my hero growing up.
I played a few holes at Kingsbarns this morning then after lunch a few holes on the Old Course early afternoon. Myself Padraig Harrington , Anthony Wall and Andreas Harto were at Fairmont St. Andrews Bay to launch the new m3 irons and adjustable woods from Wilson Staff which look and play fantastic. We all hit some balls then performed a Q&A for all the invited guests which was good fun.
It was our Foundation junior open and flag finals today at Deeside golf club. We had approx 120 kids playing both the 18 hole and 9 hole courses. It was a lovely day and really hot which makes such a difference. Thanks to everyone at Deeside for hosting us, thanks also to Michael Mac, Marian and Carol for all your hard work today and well done to all the prize winners.
with Junior Open Champion Sam Locke, runner up Michael, 3rd Craig
We were at pittodrie today in the CNR International box to watch Aberdeen v Inverness Caley which was a good game with the Dons winning one nil. I bought the package at our Foundation dinner, so huge thanks to Barry Duncan of CNR international for putting it up for auction. At night Marian and I were out for dinner at the Marcliffe with Alan & Val Reid , Colin & Wendy Fraser and Brian & Audrey Morrison, it was Brian and Audrey's turn to pay so thanks guys it was lovely.
After the prize giving on Thursday I headed down to Renaissance for a new event called The Foundations Cup which is a Ryder cup style event between my Foundation and Stephen Gallachers Foundation. The event is played over two days with four balls on day one then singles on day two. It was really good fun with PL Foundation coming out on top by 10 points to 8 , Huge thanks to everyone at the Renaissance Club and both teams of players..... it was a huge success.
The Foundations Cup
I decided to try a different putter today to see if that would make a difference. The one I went with was a 38 inch odyssey tank with a counter balance in the end of the grip. The idea being it feels like a belly putter but doesn't touch your body. I putted very well to shoot 64-6 which was nice especially as it was heavy rain for 14 holes> David law is our new champion winning by 3 shots from me in second. Huge thanks to all our sponsors and Deeside Golf Club for hosting us, the whole week has been brilliant
I shot 69-1 on each of the opening rounds this week at Deeside both rounds were very similar with some nice ball striking and poor putting. David Law has shot 66+64 to lead by four shots which is very good shooting.
Our son Craig shot rounds of 70 + 73 which is a good effort and great experience.
Today was the pro am of our PL Invitational at Deeside where we had 18 teams , the course was excellent as was the food and the weather, huge thanks to everyone at Deeside for all your help. The winning team was Intermoor with their pro Phillip McLean well done lads on a fantastic score of 56 -14
Huge thanks to our main sponsors this week......Farmfoods, Hunting , Marcliffe Hotel and Spa , Saltire Energy and Aberdeen Asset Management we couldn't do it without you.
I played at Gleneagles in the "Friends of the Beatson" Adam Hunter pro am. Marian and I entered a team of our son Craig, Alan Reid and Foundation manager Michael MacDougall, we managed to win with -14 team score which was very good. At the dinner in the evening I was asked to do a Q&A about my time with Adam which was pretty tough as you can imagine but the whole day and night was very well run. We all had a great time, it was also really good to see Adams wife Caroline and two daughters Emma and Beth it can't have been easy for them.
Marian wasn't feeling very well so stayed in bed all day which is a pity as Skibo like me is her favourite place. I shot 72+1 again which was pretty much the same as yesterday and finished fourth. Neil fenwick is the new champion with rounds of 64+73 , our team of Michael Macdougall, Alan Reid and Ian Jack finished joint 3rd. The event has been so good again, huge thanks to everyone at Skibo for making it so enjoyable. If carlsberg did pro ams .........
It was a little breezy but very nice I shot 72 +1 which was a joke as hit it really good and had so many birdie chances but putts wouldn't drop , there was a one club challenge between the pros I selected my 3 iron rescue but had a nightmare scoring 22 for the three holes which was +9 incredibly bad we then had a lovely Barbie at the clubhouse with mr whippey ice cream van in attendance............ what a good idea
I had to nip into Slaters early this morning to buy a dinner suit as both of mine are too big due to the weight I've lost. We picked up our friends Alan and Val Reid then drove up to Inverness for a photo shoot for Christian Macleod belts then up to Skibo castle for this weeks Carnegie Invitational
We had a bit of a delay this morning for fog which had rolled in so the tour changed to a u draw off both the first and tenth tees which meant I played at 10 30am. I hit it very good and also managed to hole a few putts to shoot 65 -6 to finish the week at -11 and in 12th position which is a decent week and a few Ryder cup points to boot. Well done to Thomas Bjorn who is again champion of the mountains and also huge congrats to Craig Lee for finishing second. I have two weeks off tour now but will be busy with Skibo Castle pro am next week and my invitational at Deeside the following week
Another frustrating day on the greens today so only managed to shoot 70-1 to be five under total , hit it very good again so one of these weeks I'm going to destroy somewhere just wish it would hurry up. Lol.
It was another hot and calm day I shot 70 -1 to be four under for 36 holes , I hit it very good today and putted really good without holing much but I hit so many good putts. This week has been much better from tee to green as I have been struggling a little. I'm now six shots behind so need a big weekend.
Shot 68 -3 this afternoon which was good effort as the wind got up a bit making it tricky to get the ball close. The course is much firmer than last year and with the small greens it gets tight and frustrating at times but its all good at the end of the day. It was again pretty hot which is nice. I play at 8 10am tomorrow from the 10th
I played in the pro am at 8 25 this morning, it was a lovely day and pretty hot for here. The course is in the best condition I have ever seen it and the changes they have made are very good especially the 13th hole which now plays as a downhill par 3. I hit balls in the afternoon then headed back to the hotel for a nap as I didn't sleep to good last night. I play at 1 10pm tomorrow from the first tee.
I flew to Heathrow this morning then onto Geneva eventually arriving into Crans Montana for this weeks Omega European Masters which is always a really good event and one which I would love to win.
I had a lesson with Andrew Locke this morning to show him the stuff we've been working on which he agreed looks better. The ball position had become to far back in stance and I was moving off it to much on backswing. Marian and I then headed up to Turriff to open their new teaching facility and give a short clinic which was good fun.
We were at Blairgowrie Golf Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for our Foundation Junior Jug which was a field of 72 players. I went out with Michael Macdougall to set the pin positions for the first day which was first time I had ever done that and was good fun. It was pretty windy each day which made it tough for the boys but scoring was good with Murray Naysmith shooting -4 for 54 holes, which was very good and well done to Stephen Roger of Cruden Bay who won the nett competition. Huge thanks to everyone at Blairgowrie GC it was a fantastic venue , thanks to all the parents for taking the boys along and of course thanks to Michael Mac and Marian for all their hard work during the event.
Stephen Roger (left) and Murray Naysmith (right)