WGC - Cadillac Championship - Review
In terms of my finishing position it wasn’t as good a week as I had there last year, but overall I am come away from last week feeling a lot better than I did this time last year. I finished in a tie for tenth - it’s nice to sneak into the top ten but it wasn’t that that made me happy. It was the way the whole week went in terms of how I prepared and what I did on the course. I spent the previous week at home, concentrating on my routines and mental approach and I continued the good work this week. I did quite a bit of work with Bob Rotella during the practice days and I could see the benefits of it through the tournament days.
All week I felt very good in terms of how I was approaching the rounds and each shot; I’m not saying that I got it right on every shot but when I didn’t get it right I wasn’t beating myself up. I accepted that it won’t be great on every shot and that I have to work on getting it right. I don’t think there was really anytime that I got down on myself on the course; there were a few times that I was tempted to analyse my game but I managed to stop myself. I definitely had my best week of the year in terms of my mental approach and focus and I know that by sticking with it and working on it that it will only get better.
In terms of how I played I was very happy with my game. I felt that I drove the ball well, which was vital this year as they had grown the rough up. I felt good over the ball all week; the majority of shots I dropped were down to poor iron shots to par 3s and poor chip shots. My final round started great with an eagle on the first to get me to eleven under par, but then a seven on the third stopped me in my tracks. I pushed my drive a little and it finished in the water and when going for the green with my third shot it came up just short and finished in the water again. However I never got down during the hole or the rest of the round; I kept plugging away and stuck to my game plan. In the end I shot one over par (it was definitely a tougher day than any of the other three) to finish on eight under and a tie for tenth. I know that I could have done better as I took a triple bogey and bogeyed three of the par 3s, but all in all I was happy with how I performed. I felt that I did a lot of things right and that if I got a few breaks I could have given the tournament a good run.
I am feeling good about where my game is at and about the work I have done on my routines and mental approach. I know that I have to stick with it and continue to work at it. If I do this then it will only get better and easier to do. I am next playing in the Transitions Championship in Tampa and then I take a week off before heading away again. I am looking forward to playing again so as to continue the work I did last week.
WGC - Cadillac Championship
Final round of 73 sees Padraig record his first top ten of the year! One poor hole which cost him a triple bogie seven put paid to any chance of winning after a superb eagle three at the par five 1st hole got him to within two of the leaders. Nick Watney with a birdie on the last won the event with a sixteen under par total. Padraig now heads for the Transitions championship being held in Florida and has fond memories with a tied 8th finish last year behind Jim Furyk. Onwards and upwards!
Third round of four under par 68 leaves Padraig in a tie for 9th place going into the final round of the Cadillac Championship. Five birdies were recorded and just one bogie on the short par three 15th hole where he over shot the green. He trails by four shots going into Sundays final round.
Solid second round of one under par 71 leaves Padraig at five under par and in a tie for 11th place going into the weekend. Nine under par leads. Two bogies and two birdies had him out in level par but a nice finish of 3-3-3-4 leaves him well placed to attack the leaderboard.
Padraig opens his WGC account with a pleasing round of four under par 68. Four birdies were recorded and no blemishes on a weather delayed first round. He will be hoping to draw this week on the positive memories of last years tied third place finish.
Padraig returns to the USPGA Tour for the second World Golf Championship of the year, the Cadillac Championship which is 72 holes strokes around the famed Blue Monster course at Doral. Padraig tees off in round one at 12.12pm local time (+5 GMT) with Camillo Villegas and Anthony Kim.
WGC - Cadillac Championship - Preview
After ten days off I am back in action this week at the Cadillac World Golf Championship in Doral, we have been coming here for about six years now for a World Golf Championship event and the PGA Tour has been coming to the Blue Monster for as long as I can remember. It is one of the most famous courses on tour.
Whilst at home I worked on my mental side of my game and focused on my routines, I purposely stayed away from getting sucked into technical practice. I got a lot of good work done as a result of doing this and also as a result of sticking to this sort of practice I felt good when I got on the course on Monday.
I got to Miami on Sunday evening to give myself an extra day to acclimatise. As I haven’t played much golf in my ten days I also wanted to get here early to get back onto the course. I played 27 holes over the three days practice, 9 holes each day so not to tire myself out. Each day I have spent a bit of time practicing my bunker play, chipping and wedge play before warming up and then going and playing nine holes. The golf course hasn’t changed much over the years, which is nice, I have been coming here long enough to know the course well. My practice rounds were really just to give me a feel for the course and not so much about getting to know it. The course is in good shape as always but this year there is definitely more rough than any other year that I can remember. In previous years the rough has been quite light and really not a big factor whereas this year it is quite severe - there is definitely a premium on hitting the fairways this year.
I have spent three days working with Bob Rotella, as always it is nothing new just reinforcing the old reliables. It helps to have Bob at a tournament as it makes you concentrate on the right things. I am less likely to get stuck into technical practice when here is here than when he is not. We have had some good chats about what I am doing and what I need to do; on the course I have been getting myself into the right frame of mind. I am happy with how my practice has gone; I know that if I keep working on the right things then it will all fall into place.
This is a nice week to have as a tournament week after some time off as it is a limited field with no cut and very sociable tee times. I am feeling good about how my practice has gone and looking forward to playing. It would be nice finish better than last years third place.