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.

PGA Player of the year

Entry Date:
Dec 17, 2008

Padraig has been named PGA player of the year. He is only the fourth player to win the British Open and PGA Championship in the same season. He is the first European player to win the PGA Tour award since it began in 1990.

"It has been a fantastic season individually out there, winning a couple of majors. At the time you win them, you certainly feel that nothing could compare to it. But to be honest, there is no greater accolade than to receive an award from your peers."

"Because it's the players, because it's my peers, because they're people that I care and am concerned about their opinions deeply, for them to choose me as their player of the year is very special," Padraig said. "It compares equally to winning a major championship."

Padraig was also named the European Tour Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. He also won the Irish PGA in 2008 for his 16th international victory.