A really pleasing last round of four under par 68 left Padraig in a tie for 7th place at the conclusion of the Quail Hollow championship. A quiet start was punctured by a birdie eagle blast to be out in three under par and when he added three consecutive birdies on the back nine he entertained thoughts of getting in contention but two dropped shots late on left him on the mark of six under par for the championship. As in turned out, his Irish compatriot, Rory McIllroy blitzed the field with a final round 62 to win by four! Padraig was on hand to greet him as he came off the 18th green. They both head now to the tournament players course at Sawgrass for one of the biggest tournaments of the year, will Irish eyes be smiling again?
Encouraging third round of two under par 70 leaves Padraig in a tie for 26th place going into the final round. Two over par after four holes after short siding himself twice, he rallied back well to post three birdies in the next four holes to be out in one under par. Eight pars followed on the back nine until he made a birdie three on the last from short range to give himself a chance of a top ten finish. Nine under par leads going into Sunday.
A frustrating second round of level par for Padraig as he sees an opportunity to be in contention fade as he struggled on the back nine at Quail Hollow. Three under par after eight holes, the highlight being a tap in eagle three on the par five seventh, he missed a short putt on the tough par four ninth hole to go out in four under. Thereafter he struggled and had to be content to finish at level par going into the weekend. Eight under par leads.
Level par first round for Padraig at Quail Hollow. In a mixed bag of five birdies and five bogies, Padraig played quite well but failed to convert a number of chances on a course that is set up tough and has very quick greens. One over par after four holes, he strung together three birdies in four holes to get to two under par but a poor finish on both nines left him on the mark of 72 shots.
Padraig is back on the USPGA Tour at the Quail Hollow Championship which is situated in Charlotte, Nth Carolina. With a star studded field and a purse of over 6 million dollars, it is a big tournament played on a very beautiful golf course. There has been no repeat winner since its inception in 2003 and Padraig will hope to keep it that way this year. He tees off in round one at 12.40pm local time (+5GMT) with Zach Johnson and defending champion, Sean O'Hair.
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Since missing the cut at the Masters I have been at home practising and working on my game. I am now back in the States for the Quail Hollow Championship and as usual, after a couple of week’s practice, I am unsure as to what to expect. I would love to have another couple of weeks off so as to iron out the few things that I have been working on but then, if I had more time, I am pretty sure that I would feel the same way at the end of that too.
I arrived here in Charlotte on Sunday evening; thankfully the volcanic ash cleared up in time, as I committed to playing in the Monday pro-am with my one of my sponsors, FTI. It was great to get out playing again as I had spent all my time the previous two weeks practising rather than playing, so to get onto the course and see how the practice has gone was great.
I have played here at the Quail Hollow Championship a number of times now and unfortunately I have never performed well. It is hard to figure out why as it is a great golf course and always in fantastic condition. I suppose the only thing about it is the fact that my form tends to dip after I have taken a break whilst practising at home. Normally I would pick this sort of course and tournament as one that I would see myself doing well at.
Having arrived on Sunday evening I played 36 holes during practice, both of them in pro-ams. I had intended playing nine holes on Tuesday but there were some thunder storms around and also we had a Players' Meeting in the evening so it just didn’t work out. I did spend some time on the range and putting green on Tuesday but not on the course. I spent my time trying to get myself to switch off from practice mode and get into tournament mode which is something that I always find difficult. The pro-ams definitely help me with this but until you get into the tournament you never really know where you stand.
As always with this course, it is in fantastic condition and is always a pleasure to play; this year there is very little rough. It is set up very similar to Augusta - the rough is just long enough to cause trouble in terms of fliers but there is no shot that you can’t play out of it. The greens are receptive but very fast and like all poanna greens they are extremely fast downhill. There is definitely a premium for keeping the ball below the hole around here.
After missing the cut at the Masters I am looking forward to getting back into competitive action. Even though I have been practising a lot at home I am ready to get going. I have done a lot of work during the week on my routines and focus and I know that as long as these are good then I will be fine. I am here to try and win the tournament; I am not looking at it as a build up to anything. All that is on my mind this week is to give myself the best chance of winning. I know that the best way for me to do that is to keep doing the things that I work on with Bob Rotella. If I do and get myself into contention come Sunday then I know that I have a good chance.
I am drawn to play with the defending champion, Sean O’Hair, and also Zach Johnson at 12.40pm on Thursday and 7.30am on Friday.