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.

Nedbank Golf Challenge

Entry Date:
Dec 2, 2010

Nedbank Golf Challenge - Review
My final tournament of the year is over. I finished in a tie for seventh which was a disappointing result after the start I got off to. The Nedbank Challenge is one of those weeks where you need to play well all week or else you end up finishing in the middle of the pack. I started with a good round without playing that well. The rest of the week was pretty much the same except that I didn’t score as well. I hit my irons good throughout but I drove the ball poorly and in the end lost a bit of confidence from the tee, which ended up filtering its way through the rest of my game.

I went to South Africa looking to finish my year off on a high note but in the end it was just an average week. I finished on three under par and a tie for seventh, which was a disappointing result considering that I shot six under in the first round, but given how poorly my last round was it wasn’t the worst result. My poor scoring actually came down to poor chipping and putting; I hit a number of chip shots how I wanted to but they got nowhere near the hole and all week I struggled with my putting. It was not so much my putting stroke but my alignment and my reading of the greens, because pretty much every time I stood over putt I was doubting my read and then worrying that I was lined up incorrectly. This is generally a sign that I am tired and in need of a rest.

As a final tournament of the year the Nedbank is a great place to finish. We are looked after so well for the week and the weather is amazing; it is always tough to leave, especially when you know you are heading home to snow and subzero temperatures. However it is always great to get home, as there is nowhere in the world like home. I haven’t been in Ireland for five weeks so I am looking forward to getting home, relaxing and getting into the festive mood.

It has been a long season with mixed results; I have had a lot of good and bad weeks. I am ready for my winter break as I am in need of a rest and I know what I have to do to get myself ready for the new season. I am very happy with the work I have done on my swing over the last few months and look forward to fine tuning it during my weeks off. I am very optimistic about the coming season, as I know that the work I have done has made me a better player. I would love to have gone to Sun City and finished my year off with another win but it wasn’t to be. In fact by not winning it has showed me a few things that I need to work on before next season and it will also make me hungry to get a win early next season.

All in all it was a disappointing week in terms of my scoring and where I finished, but that was all over-shadowed by the fact that I am now finished for the year. I am heading home for a six-week break and more importantly looking forward to the new season.

Nedbank Golf Challenge
Padraig finishes his year on a slightly disappointing note as he shoots a three over par 75 to finish in a tie for 7th place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Wayward play from the tee caused most of the problems on a tough day when the wind was swirling a lot. Looking forward to 2011 and thank you for all your support throughout the year!

Third round of level par 72 for Padraig was as good a return as he could have hoped for as he drove the ball poorly. He started with a birdie three but dropped four shots including an ugly double bogie six on his 8th hole to turn in three over par. But he rallied well with three birdies in four holes to leave himself just two shots behind second place at six under par. Thirteen under par leads going into Sundays play.

Level par second round for Padraig in Sun City leaves him six behind the leader going into the weekend. On a day where he couldn't buy a putt, he struggled off the tee and on the greens. He had 16 pars in total mixed with one two putt birdie and one bogie. Hoping for better at the weekend!

Promising opening round for Padraig in Sun City as he leads after round one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge. It is his last tournament of the 2010 season and will be hoping for a win in the 1.25 million dollar to the winner event. Starting with seven pars he then went into overdrive as he reeled off seven birdies and just one bogie on the tough par four 17th hole. He finished with a flourish when he nearly holed his approach shot to the last hole. His six under par 66 leads by one shot. He will tee off with his Ryder Cup partner, Ross Fisher in round two.

Nedbank Golf Challenge - Preview
I am in Sun City for my final tournament of the year, the Nedbank Challenge. It has been a long season and with one event left it is hard not to be in holiday mode especially here in Sun City. The weather has been fantastic since I got here on Monday morning; every time I ring home I hear about the snow that is falling and I have to say I am glad I’m here. I haven’t played here in the Nedbank Challenge for four years. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Nedbank Challenge and I wanted to come and play, as it is a fantastic achievement to be hosting a tournament like this for so long. I have played in the tournament four previous times so it is nice to be able to come back to play in it on the occasion of its 30th birthday.

I came here straight from the Middle East after a poor finish at the Dubai World Championship. It was a disappointing performance but the great thing about it was that I had this week to look forward to in an effort to try and finish the year on a high note. I have had one win this year but I would love to finish the year off with another. I have had mixed results on my previous visits to the Nedbank but on my last visit I played quite nicely and finished in third place. I arrived here on Monday morning after flying overnight from Dubai; I played seven holes on Monday and then nine holes on Tuesday. On Wednesday I played the pro-am, which was ideal as it was a competitive round. I am not quite happy with how I am playing but it is the last week of the year and I know that the best thing to do is to just run with it. It is just a few shots that I am not quite comfortable with; I need to keep it simple and not get caught up in how I am swinging. The key for me this week is to keep my mind focused on playing the tournament and not thinking about my swing or the fact that I am finished for the year after Sunday.

It is tough to get into the right frame of mind for a tournament here in Sun City, as it is a very relaxing place. All you want to do is sit by the pool and enjoy the weather. However I know that for one more week I have to keep my head down and get on with my usual routine.