plays and Loch Lomond played every one of itís 7,000 plus yards during the first round of the Barclayís Scottish Open.
I am my own fiercest critic and I can best describe my round as reasonable. But I was pleased with my putting even though I didnít manage to hole as many as I would have liked. Things have improved quite a bit since I started working with Harold Swash again and Iím just hoping everything clicks into place by the time I get to Sandwich next week.
I couldnít have asked for a better draw for the first couple of days in Scotland because I was paired with Ernie Els and he is always a pleasure to share a tee with. I get on well with him and although we chatted quite a lot, we didnít mention the Open and his defence of the silver claret jug.
Itís always possible to learn from the great players and yesterday was no exception because he played very nicely and it was easy to see why he is No.2 in the world.
My own game is coming together and I spoke with my coach Butch Harmon afterwards. Heíd been watching on television in America and noticed I had too much weight on my left side with my short iron shots. Little tips like this can make all the difference.
The Clarke family will be re-united today when Heather arrives with the boys, Tyrone and Conor, but for now Iím off to do a few stretching exercises with my fitness guru John Newton and then hopefully on to the course to shoot another solid round.