June 2012
Post BMW International Open

After a much deserved and needed two week break after Wales , we were raring to get going again. Normally this tournament is in Munich , but this year it moved to Cologne , venue of the old German Masters. On Tuesday , I walked the course , as Paul had a company day at Sunningdale , and we played in the pro-am on Wednesday , when it absolutely bucketed down with rain. As usual , this didn’t deter Chippie , as he played lovely , and we were looking forward to good week..

We had an excellent draw…. John Daly & Alvaro Quiros(our nemesis from Dubai last year , in case you had forgotten!!) Strangely , it was the first time I had been in the same group as Big John , so I wasn’t  sure what to expect. I’m glad to say he was a class act for two days. Still long off the tee , and with a deft touch round the greens , Big JD could have been leading at the halfway stage if it wasn’t for some dodgy putting. Throw in the fact he was great company  , and you can see why he still draws the crowds. Alvaro , on the other hand , struggled for two days , missing the cut with ease. Chippie struggled a bit on Thursday , shooting level par , but played nicely on Friday. We stood on the 18th tee four under for the day , cruising home. Two nice shots , and we would be inside the cut cut mark with room to spare… Unfortunately Chippie had other ideas!!! His drive missed the fairway by forty yards , ending up in a hazard on the 2nd hole…..A double bogey six was the end result , and Herr Lawrie was nae a happy chappy walking off the green “xx!?**!!  Worst shot of my career”………. I could nae argue… !!

Saturday was a tricky day , but Paul got of to a flyer , 3 under after six holes , and racing up the leaderboard. On the 7th hole , a par three , Chippie hit his 7 iron well right , into the lake… “xx!?**!! Worst shot of my career”………. I could nae argue …lol. That was a bit of a shock to the system , and we finished with a level par 72. On Sunday , the weather forecast wasn’t so good , and we knew that a decent score would move us forward. Chippie duly obliged with a three under 69 , moving up almost 20 spots in to 23rd place , and a solid week overall. The biggest talking point of the week was unfortunately for all the wrong reasons…. Jose Manuel Lara’s caddie discovered he had 15 clubs in the bag , and proceeded to toss the extra one into the bushes on the 2nd hole. He was spotted , and after admitting his error , was duly dismissed , and his player disqualified , as a player is responsible for his caddie’s actions , though it must be stressed that Lara had no knowledge of his caddie’s wrong doings…These things are not good for the tour , but thankfully instances like this are few and far between…It’s still a game of honour and integrity...

Post Wales Open

When I got to Wales on Sunday night , I was knackered. Dinner, a glass of wine, & the land of nod was calling me…! I had Monday off , so it was laundry and blog writing. I haven’t been too punctual of late with my writings , so a yellow card was administered by the boss(he takes after Willie Miller) , and Monday is my deadline now.

Sometimes after a couple of big weeks in a row , fatigue can kick in very quickly. This happened to Chippie(and myself , believe it or not) on Thursday. Windy conditions and a firm golf course , made for a tricky test round the 2010 course. Paul struggled with his game , but managed to birdie two of the last three holes for a 3 over par 74. On Friday he was back to himself , cruising round 2 under , leaving us in 20th place at the halfway stage. We played the first two rounds with Jose Maria Olazabal. I think Paul was quite pleased he played better on Friday , as the current Ryder Cup captain may have been wondering why Paul’s form wasn’t at it’s best when he played with Ollie.

Saturday is known as moving day , and for Chippie ,it certainly was. He flew out of the blocks. He  was  3 under after 8 holes , and could have been 5. Every shot was striped , and even he himself said he was right in the mood for it….. Unfortunately , one hole later ,  he was just in a right mood. A hooked tee shot at the ninth resulted in a lost ball and a double bogey seven.  All week there had been ball spotters down the left of the ninth hole…. But not when our Chippie was there on Saturday…..They were all standing on the right hand side , where the rough is only half as thick. As you can imagine , Paul took all this in his stride , and politely thanked the ball spotters for their belated help in trying to find his ball…… NOT!!!!!

This knocked the wind out of our sails for the rest of the round. When he got off to a flyer , I had genuinely thought the tournament was there for the taking , and I’m sure Paul did too. But this game bites you in the backside when you least expect it , and we finished with a level par 71 , going into Sunday in 25th spot.

Overnight on Saturday , the rain pelted down , giving us a very different course for the final round. Much softer , allied with horrible showers , and a drop in temperature , meant the scoring wasn’t going to be too good, A good round would rocket you up the leaderboard. It wasn’t quite to be for us this time. A one under 70 left us in a tie for 14th spot , which was a pretty solid week , but I’m sure Chippie left Wales thinking what might have been…… But that’s golf.

We now have two weeks off before a big run , which starts in Cologne for the BMW International Open…. Meanwhile , I’ll be cutting grass , washing , ironing and generally doing things I’ve avoided for the last three weeks… Who says it’s great to get away from golf? Only kidding(my wife would kill me!!) See you soon…