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:
Jul 10, 2002

Round 1

Padraig shot a fine round of level par 70 in the first round of the US Open today at Bethpage, New York. His card was steadiness personified with 14 pars recorded. A birdie on the last helped make it a great opening round on what he described as one tough golf course.

Hi Padraig Harrington here - I have to say first of all that I'm very happy with my round today - a war of attrition springs to mind when trying to tackle this golf course. I drove it quite well, which if you've seen the coverage of the golf on TV is a must.

The greens were a nice speed but I can see them getting quicker as the day wears on. The longer hitters have a huge advantage if they can keep the ball in the fairway. Typical US Open set up and I would rate it along with Congressional as being one hardest courses I have played.

I started on the first tee and the first four holes are reasonable. I made fourteen pars in all and just two bogies. I just tried to stay patient, any other strategy spells disaster. Looking forward to my second round but a midday tee time combined with the monster tenth hole start mean I’ll have to be on my best form early on.

Round 2

Padraig shot one of the finest rounds of his career so far with a 2 under par 68 despite dreadful conditions in the second round of the US Open at Bethpage, New York. It leaves him in second place, three shots behind Tiger Woods and four clear of third place...

Hi Padraig Harrington here - just a quick word as I'm off to bed after that experiance!

I just tried to stay patient all day yet again, played really well and managed to find most of the fairways which is key. Putted nicely and am looking forward to being out last on Saturday with Tiger. I've played with Tiger many times before and it's where all players want to be - in contention!

ps. The galleries over here are really rooting for me - it's like playing on home soil - hope it lasts!

Round 3

Padraig shot a third round 73 which left him in a tie for fifth place at the US Open at Bethpage, New York. I never really got going and the double bogie on five made it a difficult round. Looking forward to Sunday - hopefully I can make up some lost ground!

Hi Padraig Harrington here - I'm disappointed with my round but just didn't hit enough fairways to give my self any chances for birdies.

I'm still in there with a chance of a good finish and will give it my best shot. I enjoyed playing with Tiger even though neither of us played well! Looking forward to seeing the Irish team play against Spain - best of Irish luck to them!

Round 4

Padraig shot a final round 75 which left him in a tie for 8th place at the US Open at Bethpage, New York. The double bogie on the last spoiled what was otherwise a good championship for me.

I'm disappointed with my final round but it was the old story of fairways and greens. The double bogie on the last was the result of missing the short grass but overall it was a good championship for me. It's the second major of the year that I've been there or thereabouts and every bit of experiance helps. I enjoyed playing with Tiger on Saturday - he is one nice guy. Neither of us played well but he is the benchmark for the rest of us and I can't wait to be in contention with him again.

A word on the course - it was one of the toughest courses that I have played but I thought it was very fair. I wouldn't be surprised to see another major played here in the future.

Thanks again for all your support - I hope you all enjoyed watching the Open.

ps. A big thanks to the American gallaries for all the support they gave me - it helped a lot! Padraig.