Dubai World Championship - Review
I had a disappointing finish to my 2010 European season. I had travelled to Dubai looking to end the season on a high note but it didn’t materialise. I was happy with how I played in the first three rounds but in my final round I played very poorly and dropped down to finish just below half way. I shot four over par and it was actually a good four over; the way I played it could have been a lot worse. I got off to a poor start and never really got into my stride - I never felt comfortable over the ball and every shot was a struggle.
Overall I was happy with how I played bar the last round. During the first three rounds I felt very comfortable over the ball and hit a lot of good shots, giving myself a lot of chances but I wasn’t able to convert them. I wasn’t contending for the lead but I was moving in the right direction after a first round of two over par - I felt that I played nicely but just wasn’t able to make anything happen, even though I felt the course played very tough. The next two rounds I shot two under and three under respectively, but both rounds should have been a lot better as I had a lot of birdie chances. I was confident heading to the course on Sunday but for some reason I just lost my coordination and wasn’t able to find it on the course.
It was a disappointing finish but I am happy with what I am doing and very comfortable with the work I have to do over the winter. I have one more tournament left before I hang the clubs up for the winter; once I finish up I can set about getting ready for next year. The work I have done in the last few weeks is what I have to keep focusing on during the winter; the good thing about it is that there is very little technical work to be done.
For now I am heading to South Africa for the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, which is my final tournament for the year and one I am really looking forward to.
Dubai World Championship.
Disappointing final round of 76 for Padraig at the Dubai World Championships. Out in level par after swopping two birdies with two bogies he lost concentration on the back nine to drop four shots including a double bogey six on the par four 16th hole. He finished in a tie for 39th place and now has one more tournament to play at Sun City before wrapping up his 2010 season. His Ryder cup team mate, Robert Karlsson won the event after a play off with Ian Poulter.
Solid third round of three under par 69 leaves Padraig in a tie for 26th place going into Sundays final round. Out in level par where he exchanged one birdie with a bogey, he reeled off four 3's in a row before finishing with a birdie on the last to put a smile back on his face. Twelve under par leads.
Second round of two under par 70 leaves Padraig in a tie for 34th place going into the weekend in Dubai. After a slow start where he was two over par after four holes, he then hit back with five birdies before a late dropped shot had him sign for his 70.
Opening round of two over par 74 was a disappointing return for Padraig as he failed to turn some good ball striking into a decent score. An early birdie on the par four 4th hole was wiped out by a poor run around the turn where he dropped three shots in a row. Even a late birdie three on the 16th failed to bring a smile but with no cut and three rounds to go it still is all to play for!
Padraig is in Dubai at the Jumeirah golf estate for the season ending Dubai World Championship. The top 60 in the European Tour order of merit play off here for the number one spot in Europe. Padraig is currently in 18th place and a win would propel him into the top ten for the season. It is an event that Padraig has fond memories of as he finished in tied 4th place last year behind Lee Westwood. Two players are vying for the title this year, Martin Kaymer and fellow Irishman, Graeme McDowell. Padraig tees it up in the opening round one at 11.10am local time with Rhys Davies.
Dubai World Championship - Pro-am
Padraig led his team to success in the pro-am event held at the Earth Course as part of the build up to the weekend's tournament.
The three-time major winner was part of the BMW 3 team, who along with Tom Barry, Michael Tracey and Mike Sim, triumphed with a score of 19 under par. This was three ahead of the BMW 2 team, who were led by Francesco Molinari, and Harrington's teammates had no doubt about the reason for their success.
"Padraig was wonderful to play with," Barry said. "Whenever one of us had a chance to score, he would spend time reading the greens for us and this made all the difference!"
Dubai World Championship - Preview.
It is the final tournament of the 2010 European Tour schedule, the Dubai World Championship and the completion of the Race to Dubai. Unfortunately I am not involved in the outcome of the Race to Dubai, that honour is left to Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer. I am lying eighteenth coming into the event and even winning this week's tournament would only move me into the top ten. I am here to try and improve my final position but first and fore most with a view to ending my winless streak on the European Tour.
I have been in Dubai for over ten days now as I had a family holiday last week and it really was a holiday as the clubs never left the travel cover. I spent the week at the water park with my kids - it was their week and we did whatever they wanted to do. It was certainly great fun and I never missed playing or practising; in fact I nearly had to be dragged to the course on Monday!
It is coming to the end of a long season but once I got to the course I was looking forward to the week and anxious to give myself a chance to win on Sunday. Having been here last year for the first staging of the Dubai World Championship event, I haven’t felt the need to kill myself in getting to know the course. I have played 36 holes over three days - nine holes on Monday; the pro-am on Tuesday and then nine more on Wednesday. The pro-am was very enjoyable, the guys that I played with were great and to add to it we won.
This is a tough course to get to know, as there is so much to cover; in fact there is so much to cover that it just isn’t possible. It is one of those that the more you play the more you find out. It is definitely suited to the longer hitters as there are a number of holes where it is a huge advantage to be able to hit it 290 yeards plus in the air. One of the biggest features of this course is the bunkering; they are similar to the bunkers of Augusta in look and quite intimidating, especially from the tee. I remember playing my practice rounds last year thinking that the scoring wouldn’t be great but in the end the course gave up a lot of birdies and the scoring was exceptional. This year there is a little bit more rough so I am not expecting it to be quite as good again.
Having performed well here last year I am feeling good about the course and my chances, I am happy with where my game is at the moment - it is purely now a case of matching my focus and mental game up with my physical game. I have done some very good work on getting myself in the right frame of mind this week and feel that I have made very good progress. I am happy with my preparation and looking forward to playing. The fact that I played well here last year is definitely an advantage to me as a lot of players are not too keen on the course. I would like nothing more than to finish off my European Tour season with a win.
A big thank you to all my fans for supporting me this season, it is much appreciated!