First of all thank you so much to those who have emailed me and I appreciate your encouragement. Please do not feel awkward in writing me following the higher score of the final round here in Scotland. That is golf as we all realize and it is not always going to go the way we would like it.
In reflecting on the entire week however, I consider the Scottish Senior Open to have been a success.
The conditions to play under were extremely challenging in regards to the wind which ranged between 25 and 40 mph all week long.
There were times when the ball oscillated on the greens and once when going to mark my ball the wind blew the ball further away from the hole.
My putting was much better than was when I came over here in May to begin the tour.
Thanks must go to Bradley Lawrence for his help with SAM Putt Lab session at The Golf Lab in Toronto and Liam Mucklow for his analysis of the data, the depth perception lesson and the brush up on Aim Point Express green reading.
Also a shout out to my good friend John White who has as usual come up with a gem of information for me on “showing them how good I can putt” prior to taking the putter back. It really helped free me up.
Whitey gave me the tip before the final round of the Canadian Seniors a couple of weeks ago and then I went out and fired a 65 making 120 feet of putts for the round which is an improvement of 72 feet from my average for the year.
This week in Scotland, I entered the final round T-3 and my scores for the week were 72, 70, 76 with the result of T-13 in the end. This is an improvement on the last time I played this event when I was 5th going into the final round and finished T-18.
Obviously though there is a tinge of disappointment with the opportunity starting the day 1 shot off the lead and playing in the final group to have a great day.
While I struggled to get any traction throughout the round my undoing was the only bad swing of the week on 15 which resulted in a lost ball (only my second penalty stroke of the entire year) and a triple bogey.
On the positive side the second round score was fantastic considering the conditions.
I must say that I enjoyed the final round experience of playing in front of the big gallery and with the tv crew covering every shot on every hole. I am feeling more comfortable, with every opportunity I give myself, to play in this situation over here.
It is the 4th time in the 6 events that I have played on the European Senior Tour this year, where I have been on the leaderboard and in contention.
For my entire career I have always taken little steps along the way until I break through and this appears to be the same formula here on the European Senior Tour.
I enjoyed playing with Gordon Manson who won in Switzerland earlier in the year and Paul Broadhurst who was making his first start on the European Senior Tour having just turned 50 years of age, after a long and successful career on the main European Tour. It was the first time I had played with Paul while Gordon and I have played together many times.
I must say the finish was fantastic with Gordon leading by one shot, hitting a superb pitch on the 16th from 50 yards to 4 feet for birdie and Paul getting up and down from about 35 yards from an awkward lie for birdie as well to stay one behind.
Then on 17 Gordon missed the green left and had a pot bunker between his ball and the hole with little green to work with. Again he struck a fantastic pitch that settled 1 foot from the hole.
We all marvelled at the result which was a 1 in 10 chance of finishing inside of 15 feet of the hole.
On the 18th Paul found the deep fairway bunker on his tee shot and hit a fantastic recovery shot just to put the ball back in play. He followed with a long iron shot to 20′ and holed the birdie putt to force a playoff.
Both players birdied the 18th the first time around and Paul made birdie to win the second time through in the playoff.
Well now it is off to Woburn which is north of London for the Travis Perkins Masters beginning next Friday.