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.

US Open Championship

Entry Date:
Jun 23, 2009

Padraig's Tour Diary - US Open Review

It was another bad week for me; I don’t think I have ever missed four cuts in a row before now. Coming into this week I was confident that I could do well, even though I had missed the two cuts in my build up events and I was still happy with where I was coming into the US Open. In practise I hit the ball well and felt that I was in a good frame of mind; I had done a lot of practise on my short game in the previous weeks and it was beginning to pay off. However it wasn’t to be for me this week; I missed the cut for the first time in a while at a major which was very disappointing.

I shot two rounds of 76 for a total of twelve over par; it really wasn’t how I envisaged my US Open going. I started in the bad weather on Thursday morning and got as far as the seventh green when the hooter went to suspend play. By the time we were called in I was four over par and heading to five; however I can’t blame it all on the weather. I got off to a bad start by three putting the first green for a bogey; my next dropped shot came on the fourth after my drive ended up in heavy rough just short of the fairway bunker. I was only able to hack it out sideways and then hit my third shot over the green. I hit a very good chip shot to about four feet and then missed it for my par. I followed up my bogey there with a double bogey on the fifth which was down to a combination of a bad drive and a bad chip shot. In the end the delay came at a great time for me as I was struggling. Getting called in gave me time to compose myself and regroup, but it was Friday morning when we got out again as it never stopped raining on Thursday. I came back and finished off the seventh hole to go to five over par, then a pulled drive on the ninth cost me another bogey and then I missed the fairway on the twelfth which cost me another. I made my first birdie on the 13th and it was like buses as I made another on the 14th to get me back to five over. Looking back on my week I feel that the 15th in my first round was the point that really cost me; I was in the middle of the fairway and I pulled my five iron into the bunker and then three putted to double bogey. I did make another birdie on the last hole to finish on six over par but the double bogey was a killer blow as I had just made a couple of birdies and was feeling good about myself.

Going out in the second round I knew that I had to shoot under par to make the cut. I hit a poor drive on my first hole which meant that I could only hack it into the fairway bunker; from there I hit a seven iron to eight feet and holed for a par. It was a great way to start as I felt like I had just made the “par of the week”; I followed it up with a birdie on the next and then a good par on the 12th. Another birdie on the 14th got me to two under for the day and four over for the week. I was in good shape and feeling good going to the 15th; I was thinking about moving on and getting back into the tournament at that stage. I hit a bad drive on the 15th, my recovery shot went long and I ended up missing a six footer for par. I pushed my drive on the next and it cost me another bogey; these couple of holes stopped my momentum and effectively cost me making the cut. My back nine on Saturday was carnage. I struggled off the tee for the nine holes and it cost me four bogeys and a double bogey. In the end I finished on 12 over for the week and missed the cut by eight shots.

I was very disappointed with my performance for the week; there were very few positives to take from it. The only one that I could really see is that my short game was coming back; I just gave myself too much to do with how I played. It was a long week as it turns out as the weather played havoc with the tournament; that said the USGA did a great job of getting the course ready each day. I was playing until Saturday and by the time I finished I felt like I had played a full tournament. In the end they got it finished no problem and got a very good tournament.

I didn’t get to see much of the final round as I had a corporate outing on Monday but the bit that I did see was quite exciting. A number of guys got into contention for the final few holes; in the end Lucas played the last few holes very well and deserved to win.

I have a week off before I head to Paris for the French Open and the start of my build up for the British Open. I have to forget about the last few weeks and concentrate on the weeks ahead.

Talk to you soon, Padraig

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