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.

The Masters

Entry Date:
Apr 11, 2004

Round 1: After a nice start with two opening pars, he dropped a shot at the short third, a missed green and no shot left! he played steadily after that and was rewarded with a birdie on the par three 12th to leave him at level par. Bogies on 15 and 17 and a missed 12 footer on the last leave him with some work to do. Speaking to Padraig after his first round he was pretty upbeat and knows he must shoot a low score in the second round to get back in contention. He felt that he hit a lot of good shots in the first round but just didn't get the ball into the correct areas of the green thus he was putting from 50 feet across a slope instead of 15 feet in an area where he would have some chance of making the putt. He feels his game is up to the challenge but this is a course that will punish the player that relentlessly tries to attack it.

Round 2: Tough day at the office! Bogies at one and four left Padraig with a mountain to climb just to make the cut and after the rise in his World ranking in the last few weeks, a missed cut in the first Major of the year was not wanted! Birdies at the next hole, the tough 5th and even tougher 11th left him with a couple of shots to spare with the cut line hovering around the four over mark for most of the day. As usual, Padraig made sure we watched to the last shot when bogies on 14 and 17 left him needing a par on the last to qualify! A great drive and super second which was unlucky to roll down back down the tier left him with two putts which he converted to see him into the weekends play. Speaking afterwards Padraig said he was happy with his overall play and knows that anything can happen over 36 holes around Augusta !

Round 3 : First out on a perfect day with no wind and putting surfaces which Padraig described later as perfect tournament speed, Padraig shoots an impressive four under par 68 to haul himself 20 spots up the leaderboard. Birdies at 2, 7, 10, (chip in) 13 and 18 were offset by a solitary bogie on the par three 12th. This was Padraigs lowest round to date at Augusta National. He was paired for the third straight day with VJ Singh and on being told he was not to partner the VJ on the final day he wryly commented that it would be a day off !

Round 4 : A final round of level par 72 was notable for the fact that Padraig aced the famous par three 16th hole! A perfect tee shot that landed 12 feet above the flag just rolled gently into the cup but not to be outdone Kirk Tripplett replicated the exact same shot some 20 minutes later. A bogie on 11 and a double on 12 put paid to any hopes Padraig had of winning the Masters but all in all it was a satisfactory week after and opening 74 in the first round. Phil Mickelson broke his duck in Major championships with five birdies in the last seven holes to pip Ernie Els by one including a 15 foot downhill putt on the last to win!