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.

WGC - Accenture World Matchplay Championship

Entry Date:
Mar 1, 2004

Padraig lost by two and one to World number one, Tiger Woods in what was a disappointing performance by both players. Padraig got off to a poor start and was two down after four holes. He made a good par on the fifth hole where he had short sided his tee shot into a tough lie and with Woods making four the defecit was one. A poor finish to the front nine saw him four down at the turn and with a mountain to climb. A superb eagle three on the 11th and a mistake by Woods on the 15th saw the defecit reduced to two. Padraig then hit two good shots on the 16th to about 12 feet but lipped out for birdie which would have left a cliff hanger finish. A par at 17 was good enough for Tiger to claim victory. I'm disappointed to say the least, my game just isn't anywhere near 100% yet and that's never going to be enough to beat Tiger."

Padraig showed great heart to beat one of the worlds outstanding golfers, Ryder Cup star, David Toms. After getting off to the perfect start by going two up after four he was pegged back to all sqaure after 15 holes. Both players missed short putts on the fourteenth but Padraig showed true class by hitting a 5 iron to six feet on the sixteenth for a winning birdie. Seventeen and eighteen were shared in pars for a fantastic victory. Padraig now meets the world number one golfer, Tiger Woods this afternoon in an eagerly awaited quarter final clash. "I'm really looking forward to this afternoons match, I've a reasonable record against Tiger and he is the bench mark for where I want to go in golf." Padraig tees off at 3.20pm Irish time this afternoon.

Padraig showed why fitness is all important in golf with 36 holes to be played Friday and Saturday at the Accenture world match play championship. Bob Estes was his opponent in the last 32 match and another good start saw him always in control of the match, eventually winning by 3&2. Padraig was one under after four and one up when Estes made a mess of the fifth and conceded the hole. Steady golf after that saw Padraig win comfortably. " Happy to get through to be honest, 36 holes a day is tough going but I feel pretty good at this stage."

Padraig had a nice win in the first round of the Accenture World Matchplay Championship. He beat the Toshi Izawa by two holes on a day where his scoring didn't reflect how he played. With play suspended on Thursday because of bad weather two rounds will now be completed Friday. Padraig plays Bob Estes in the second round. " I'm happy to have got through the first round - anything can happen over 18 holes and with two rounds on Friday, I'm hopeful that I can progress. It should suit me because I've worked hard on my fitness during the winter."

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