INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - JULY 09: Padraig Harrington of Ireland addresses a press conference ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 9, 2013 in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Life is a lot easier when you play badly and then all of a sudden you get in contention and win one. No one gets on your back. When you finish runner-up seven times, everyone is asking, 'Why aren't you winning?' It's much more fun when you jump into a win out of the blue. It's a much tougher game when you play consistently well.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Entry Date:
Jul 10, 2013

It was another disappointing week for me - I missed the cut by one shot but what made it worse was that I didn't birdie the last hole. I was hitting three wood into the green for my second and hit a terrible shot left and only made par. It really wasn't the Open preparation that I had hoped for, as I went to the Scottish Open looking to get myself into contention and instead I left early.

When I look back at my two rounds I didn't actually hit too many bad shots. There were a few but not enough to make me miss the cut, but I just didn't make enough birdies. I putted nicely but didn't hole anything, but didn't miss many either. It was a week of doing things just ok and it just wasn't good enough. I am hitting the ball well on the range and I am happy with most areas of my game so it is really just a case of letting it happen. I am probably falling into the boat of trying to make things happen rather than letting them happen.

It was very disappointing to miss the cut but the silver lining was that I was able to travel to Muirfield early and get some practice in over the weekend. I am not panicking about my game, as I have been around long enough to know that things turn around very quickly in this game.


After missing the cut in the Irish Open I had a week off at home. Like most weeks off it was probably busier than a tournament week - I had a number of appointments and did a lot of practice, hitting lots of balls.

This week I am in Inverness for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. I have played here for the last two years, since it was moved to Castle Stuart, because I feel being able to play a tournament on a links course the week before The Open Championship is great preparation.

There has been a lot of talk about the course this week. I have to say that I really like it - it gives you plenty of birdie chances and a enough tough holes to test you. It is a course that you can shoot a low score on alright, but given the week that it is scheduled the last thing you want is to be beaten up before you get to the Open. I have enjoyed playing here over the last couple of years and have been looking forward to coming back.

I got here on Sunday evening and played Nairn GC with Ronan and Ron Graham, the US Wilson rep. It was great to get out and play links golf again, as you forget how much fun it is. I played one of my first boys internationals at Nairn, a long time ago now! I then played Castle Stuart on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - I have Dave Alred with me this week so my practice rounds were much more competitive than normal. He was trying to get me into a tournament frame of mind. I enjoy having him at tournaments as he makes my practice much more interesting.

I am looking forward to playing this week as I have hit a lot of balls and not played during my week off. Thankfully Dave is helping me get ready for Thursday and stopping me doing too much practice. I am little unsure as to what to expect on Thursday but am looking forward to finding out. I really like this course and the tournament and have enjoyed playing here over the years.

This week, as with all weeks before a major, is a lot about the tournament in hand and a little about the major the following week. In practice I have tried out a few different clubs with next week in mind, namely a driving iron and a lower lofted three wood. I like to try things the week before whenever possible, rather than having a totally new club in the bag for a big week. The driving iron went well but the three wood wasn't quite right.

I have got some good work done, so this week I am looking forward to playing to see how my practise last week has faired. I would like nothing more than to be heading to the The Open as the Scottish Open champion.