The Trophee Hassan 11 - Fourth round
For the second week running following Malaysia I produced my best finish of the season in Morocco but I took little satisfaction from finishing fourth six shots behind the wire to wire winner Marcel Siem.
Playing in the second last group I had the chance to post a score for the others to chase but I never looked like doing it.
My chances started to slip when I made bogey at the third hole and then found water to drop another shot after finding water at the fifth.
My putting was just not as sharp as it had been on the previous two days and i had needed it to be in top form.
Two good iron shots into the 16th and 17th greens did earn me too late birdies and hauled me up into joint second place on the leaderboard.
But I slipped back when I could only sign for a one under par 71 after three putting the 18th green.
The Trophee Hassan 11 - Third round
I was really pleased with my driving during the third round in Agadir but my iron play let me down. And missing so many of the small greens at Palais Royal I could only sign for a 69.
That left me in a share of second place but still four shots behind Marcel Siem the German who has led from day one.
Four shots is not a big gap to make up in the final round on a course with so mangers lurking around almost every greens. But I am not going to bridge it unless my approach play improves over the last 18 holes.
I did close the gap slightly when I made back to back birdies on the 14th and 15th greens but then completely misclubbed my approached to the short 16th going through the back of the green with a six iron when I should have hit 7.
Still I did get up and down well from the front of the 18th to save par and that gave me a good memory to take off the course.
The Trophee Hassan 11 - Second round
I have always played golf for fun and if you findyourself at a tournament going into the weekend in contention that is where the fun starts.
And its game on in Agadir after I shot a second round 64 to move into a share of fourth place on the leaderboard only four shots behind the leader of the Trophee Hassan 11 Marcel Siem.
I got into that position playing my golf of the year so far. On a very tricky course and playing in the windier side of the draw for two days I made ten birdies in my second round.
Although I did not drive the ball well but my iron shots into the tiny greens were awesome. I would have been close to the course record of 61 set by jamie Donaldson last year but for two bogeys that I made when I missed fairways off the tee.
And those experiences are why I feel that my third tour victory could happen here.
A four shot lead is not decisive with 36 holes to go on a course where for every birdie chance created there is also the danger of making a double bogey if a shot into a green is just a couple of yards out and ends up at the bottom of a steep slope.
Marcxel made his score when there was virtually no wind, I made mine in the worst of the conditions so instead of feeling four behind I feel like I have played good enough golf to be just one shot back.
The Trophee Hassan 11 - First round
A wind blowing at up to the 30 miles an hour off the nearby Atlantic Ocean created the toughest of conditions for the first round inside the grounds of the King's Palace in Agadir.
I was out among the morning starters and among the 66 of us only threeplayers managed to break par.
And I was upset that two basic errors stopped me increasing that number to four because, having started fromthe tenth,my card was in red figures from the time that I made an eagle at the par five 17th.
But in the second half of my round at both the sixth and ninth holes from the middle of the fairway and with only a wedge in my hand both times I missed the greens and made bogey.
Signing for a level par 72 was a good score and I was only four shots behind the early leaders but I knew it should and could have been lower.
The Trophee Hassan 11- Preview
After the long journey from Malaysia to Agadir I needed the ten and a half hours sleep I got on Tuesday night to recharge batteries.
And the fact that I produced my best finish of the year to date in Kuala Lumpur has put me in confident spirits for the 40th edition of the Trophee Hassan 11.
The course here is set inside the gardesn of a palace belonging to the Moroccan Royal family and it is one of my favourite venues on the European circuit.
Rumours has it that the King has only played two fourballs on it since we were last here a year ago and the condition of the fairways and greens is fantastic.
But it is not only the priviledge of playing on one of the world's most exclusive courses that makes me enjoy the week here.
The layour is also good. The fairways are quite generous and fair but the small greens have tricky slopes and run off areas.But a second shot course always suits my game.