My tournament started well for me but then faded badly over the next three days. After shooting four under in the first round I was in good shape but then over the next three rounds I putted poorly and scored badly as a result.
My poor putting from Friday onwards was disappointing as I had putted well on Thursday. I holed out very well and made a few nice ones for birdies and eagles. In fact I had two eagles in my first round, on the seventh where I hit my drive with a three wood to a foot (I actually thought I had a chance of holing in one) and on the fifteenth where I holed from 15 feet. It's not that often you make two eagles in one round - they certainly help the scorecard!!
I ended up on one over par for the week which was poor considering the course was playing so well and was there for the taking. The main problem I had was with my putting, not my stroke but trusting the lines that I was seeing and also my alignment. I found myself doubting what I was seeing and then as a result I hit poor putts. The funny thing is that when I went over the putts after my round I was happy that I had read them well. It is really just a case of trusting it and not letting the doubt affect me.
My long game was a bit mixed during the week. I was struggling with a hook early in the week and then after the work I did on the range I had over corrected it to the point where I had to play with a fade. It wasn't anything too major, just how it goes from week to week. I still hit a lot of good shots but I just wasn't quite as confident as I would have liked. On Sunday I felt that I hit a lot more shots how I wanted to, with my poor shots tending to come from me not wanting to miss on a certain side and so over compensating.
While it as a disappointing week considering my start I still enjoyed being back in Crans, it is a fantastic place and Omega put on a great tournament. I am only sorry that I wasn't involved in the business end of it but hopefully next week in Holland will be better.
This week I am probably at the nicest location of the year, Crans Montana, for the Omega European Masters. It is a fantastic place, a golf resort in the summer and a ski resort in the winter. I got here late on Tuesday afternoon as I was doing a corporate outing in Oslo on the Monday. It was my first time in Norway and I really enjoyed it, the weather was great and the course was very nice.
When I got in on Tuesday I spent an hour working with Pete Cowen. It was good to see him as I hadn't seen him since the PGA Championship. He was happy with what I had been working on and felt that it was going in the right direction. On Wednesday I played the morning pro-am, which was a really nice day and the course played well. They have made a few changes on the front nine since last year, with new bunkers on the first and second, they have taken out a tree on the fourth and added a new tee box on the fifth. They aren't huge changes but they make a difference. I hit the ball very nicely in the pro-am and putted well. All in all I am very happy with my game, but the thing I have to do now is to bring it to the tournament days.
After my pro-am, Shane Lowry and myself had a chipping competition, which was a tight affair but I came out on top - I'll enjoy having a drink at his expense!
It was also announced that Paul McGinley has asked me to be one of his Vice Captains in the forthcoming Ryder Cup. I was delighted when he asked me and I didn't even have to think twice about it. We have been friends for years and have played together on many teams so to have the chance to assist him in Scotland is great. I am really looking forward to being involved and to doing whatever I can to help him and the team.
I am feeling good about my game and looking forward to playing this week, so will see how it goes.