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.

HSBC Champions

Entry Date:
Nov 5, 2008

Padraig finishes in style at the HSBC Champions with an eye catching final round of four under par 68. This left him at seven under par for the tournament and in a tie for 11th place. Unlike the previous day where he recorded only one birdie, his scorecard was awash with red figures as he racked up five birdies and an eagle two on the short par four 16th hole. He now heads for Singapore for the Barclays Singapore Open before taking a well earned break after a record breaking year.

A disappointing finish to Padraigs third round leaves him with too much to do to contend in the inaugural tournament of the Race to Dubai. Threading water at level par after 15 holes, he had two closing bogies to finish the day with a 74 and at three under par for the tournament.

A solid second round of two under par 70 could have been so much better for Padraig in China. Two early birdies in his first three holes got him off to the start he wanted but he endured a frustrating run of twelve pars before dropping a shot at the tough par four 15th hole.

He fought back by grabbing a birdie at the next hole but it was a day of what might have been as he signed off for a five under par total going into the weekend. Ten under par leads the tournament so work to be done!

RAIN STOPS PLAY! The second round of the HSBC Champions tournament has been washed out due to torrential rain. Play will resume weather permitting on Saturday at the Sheshan International GC in Shanghai, China.

A satisfactory opening round of three under par 69 kicks off Padraigs 2009 season at the HSBC Champions. His Ryder Cup team mate Henrik Stenson leads the field at seven under par. Out in two under par with two birdies at the second and seventh holes, he stumbled slightly with a couple of bogies coming home but finished strongly with two closing birdies including a chip in at the last to leave hm smiling after the seasons opening round in the Race to Dubai.

Tour Diary

Padraig Harrington is looking forward to kicking off the new season with a good performance in the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

The dual Major winner is one of the star attractions at the tournament that brings together winners and money-list leaders from across the globe.

It also marks the start of the new Race to Dubai, which has replaced the traditional Order of Merit and culminates with the top 60 golfers contesting the $10million Dubai World Championship next November.

And Harrington, who finished strongly to be 13th in Valderrama last weekend, believes he must be on top of his game this week in order to get off to the best possible start in the Race to Dubai.

"We have some great events which start with the HSBC Champions, which is a massive tournament in the schedule and anyone who wins this week gets a great boost in his quest to win the Race to Dubai title at the end of the year," said Harrington.

"There are a lot of big events during the year and players will have to win a certain amount of those events to be in with a chance of winning the grand prize which is the Race to Dubai. If you don't win this or something like this, you are not going to be in with a chance.

"I had a very successful year with winning the two majors in the summer. Since then I had a little bit of a down period, which often happens when you were on such a high.

"But I'm keen to get out and play, I am looking forward to this week. I know it's difficult to win on demand, but feel like I can put up a strong show.

"I am just looking for a continuation of last week. I was not quite prepared, but that means I will be more prepared for this week.

"I started poorly but played quite nicely in the last three rounds so if I can continue that I should be okay this week."

by SkySports - USA