The Vivendi Cup 2010 - Review
It was great going to France to play the Vivendi Cup, as it meant I could play a tournament the week before the Ryder Cup, and I took my brother Fergal with me to play in the Pro-am and our eldest brother Tadhg caddied for him; it was the first time that Fergal has played in a tournament like this.
The week went well for me in terms of getting myself ready for the Ryder Cup; I came here after a couple of weeks off which as usually means that I am a little rusty. For me playing in a tournament is the only way that I can see what I have to do and work on to be ready for a big week. This week was exactly what I needed as far as getting ready for Wales; I was still here to try and win the Vivendi Cup but I was also trying to make sure that my game would be in good shape when I get to Wales. On top of all this I had the added pleasure of playing with Fergal, we played our practice rounds together and then the first two rounds of the tournament. There is no doubt he was nervous but he played very well; he had a few bad holes but plenty of good ones. He plays off seven and is a decent seven handicapper but in reality to do well in a pro-am like this one you need to have a lot more shots than he has, we shot eleven under for the two rounds which was ten shots behind the winners. We would have done a lot better had I not made a mess of a few holes on the back nine of our second round - I took a triple bogey on the 12th! It was really great playing with Fergal and having Tadhg there caddying for him; it has been along time since I have been able to play a tournament with any of my brothers. We had a great time even if we didn’t manage to get into contention.
My game was a bit of a mixed bag. My opening round could have been a lot better but I was happy enough with four under, as it was a solid start. It was my second round that really put me on the back foot. The weather turned a bit on the second morning, it was cold and damp and the Retz course played a lot longer and tougher than it did in practice. I was struggling to get anything going in my round, I just wasn’t getting it close enough to make birdies but then at the turn I lost my focus a bit and dropped a shot on the 10th, and then on the 11th I holed from off the green for a par but the worst was on the 12th. It is a driveable par four that you are only thinking about making a birdie on, at this stage I am two over par playing it and looking to kick start my round so a triple bogey was not what I was looking for. This put me well outside the cut and meant that I had to play the last six holes in three under to make it to the weekend. From the 13th on I played very well and made three birdies to finish on two under to make the cut on the mark.
Having made the cut I managed to move forwards over the weekend. I shot three under on Saturday and then eight under on Sunday; my three under on Saturday was quite entertaining as I made eight birdies and dropped five shots; two of them as result of three putting from less than three feet on the 4th. On Sunday I made seven birdies, an eagle and one bogey to shoot eight under. I felt that I played really well on Sunday and that I could have been a few shots better; I didn’t birdie the two par fives on the front nine. In the end I finished in a tie for eighth which after sweating on the cut was a good performance.
Overall it was a good week as I got a lot of good work done, I was struggling with my putting early in the week but a few hours on the putting green sorted that out. I am in good form heading to Wales and looking forward to the Ryder Cup.
The best thing about playing here this week was being able to play with Fergal and the reaction I got from the players in the field who came up to me during the week to wish me and the team well in the Ryder Cup. It shows how much the Ryder Cup means to everyone on the European Tour.
Padraig to play in The Vivendi Cup 2010
Padraig Harrington has confirmed that he will play in the Vivendi Cup 2010, as he looks to hone his game ahead of taking his place in the European Team for The 2010 Ryder Cup.
The three-time Major Champion will join fellow Ryder Cup teammates Peter Hanson and Edoardo Molinari, as well as Vice Captains Thomas Björn and Paul McGinley, in the field for the €1,250,000 tournament at Golf de Joyenval, in Paris, France, from September 23-26.
It will be the Irishman's first appearance on European soil since he finished second in the 3 Irish Open at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, where he carded a superb final round 64.
Harrington will head to Paris hoping to capture his 15th European Tour title and first since his victory in the 2008 US PGA Championship – the third of his Major Championship wins after back-to-back Open Championships in 2007 and 2008.
He said: "I am really looking forward to playing in the Vivendi Cup. Having heard many great things about the Golf de Joyenval, I am delighted to be playing there for the first time.
"I enjoy the Pro Am format very much and I will be playing with my brother which should make for a very enjoyable week."
Harrington was selected as one of Colin Montgomerie’s three Captain’s picks for The 2010 Ryder Cup, which will take place at The Celtic Manor Resort the week after the Vivendi Cup 2010. It will be his sixth Ryder Cup appearance after making his debut in the contest in 1999.
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