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.

Transitions Championship

Entry Date:
Mar 17, 2011

The Transitions Championship - Review
Missing the cut at the Transitions Championship was very disappointing as it is a course that I really like and performed well on last year. It was disappointing, as for every missed cut, but I have to say that I am very upbeat about my golf. During the previous week in Doral and last week in Tampa I did everything right in terms of preparation for a tournament, but things didn’t quite go as I would have liked, but I can still see the benefit of preparation. I wasn’t beating myself up at any stage last week, even after finishing and missing the cut I was still happy with how I went about the week. There is no doubt that I would have liked to play all four rounds and preferably contend for the tournament but the most important thing in terms of performing well going forward is that I prepare correctly and give myself the best chance of performing well, as I did last week. Whilst it didn’t work out as I would have liked it will help towards better performances ahead.

I missed the cut by two shots in the end which I was happy with as I missed a six-footer on the last for a birdie, which would have left me on level par for the week. It definitely would have been more frustrating to miss the cut by one shot rather than two, as I had quite a few birdie chances during my second round that I didn’t convert. It was my first round that left me with a lot of work to do; I shot two over par in rthe first round in good conditions. The scoring was good on Thursday and my score left me with a lot to do; it wasn’t an insurmountable tally but I just couldn’t convert my birdie chances on day two.

It is never nice to miss a cut but when it does happen you just have to look at the bright side and move on. The bright side for me is that it gives me an extra couple of days rest before I head for my next trip, which ends at Augusta for the Masters. I am fully aware that I need to be well rested and feeling fresh to give myself the best chance of winning the Masters. With this in mind I will be taking it easy this week at home and at the Shell Houston Open next week; as I am very happy with my swing and all the technical work that I have done over the last few years it is now just a case of leaving it alone, getting on with playing golf and making sure that I prepare right, so as to give myself the best chance of winning tournaments.

Even though I missed the cut last week I still feel that it was a good week, as I have a lot of positives to take from it.

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Second round of one under par 70 sees Padraig miss the cut by one shot. In a round that nothing much happened he recorded just two birdies and one bogie on his ninth hole. He now has a break before returning to the States to prepare for the first major of the year, The Masters.

Disappointing first round of two over par 73 for Padraig at the Transitions Championship. Starting on the back nine, he opened up with nine straight pars before making a birdie on the par five first hole. This left him at one under par after twelve holes and well placed but three bogies in the last five holes leave him with work to do to make the cut.

Padraig tees up this week at Tampa Bay in Florida for the Transitions Championship, his first round starts at 8:37am local time with Rory Sabbatini and Paul Casey.

The Transitions Championship is played on the Copperhead course which is 7,340 yards and par 71. The course is part of a 72-hole complex with natural elevation changes that range up to 80 feet. This elevation change is very unusual for Southwest Florida, especially along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Transitions Championship
After Doral last week, I went to West Palm Beach to host a corporate outing on Monday on behalf of one of my sponsors, FTI. I made it to Tampa on Tuesday morning, which was fine as I had played here last year and know the course.

I spent most of Tuesday working on my putting and chipping, as I felt that I could have chipped better last week and also that I hit a few putts that I wasn’t happy with. I didn’t play as I felt that it was best to take it easy and make sure that I am fresh for Thursday morning. The fact that I was playing in the pro-am also meant that there was no urgency in playing the course on Tuesday. I did quite a bit of work on my short game and definitely felt better about it after the work. I spent about an hour hitting shots, working mainly on what I had done with Bob Rotella last week.

On Wednesday I played the pro-am; unusually for me I was out late. When I get the choice of tee times I like to play near the end of the morning flight but this week I was one of the last of the afternoon flight. I didn’t do too much in the morning because I knew that it would be a long day on the course and I had to get some treatment on an arm injury.

I really liked this course when I played here last year and after playing it again I can see why. It is a tough course that doesn’t give up much; you really have to hit a lot of good shots if you are to score. This year the course is in even better condition than last year, with the rough is a little heavier. It really is a good test of golf - if they tuck the pins away the scoring could be very tough.

I stuck with the work that I did with Bob Rotella last week and can see it getting better every day. I am feeling good about my game and looking forward to playing this week so as to test myself again. Last week was a good week in terms of doing the right things and I am committed to continuing with the good work. Last year I got myself into contention on the final day and I am looking to do the same again this week. There is nothing better than being under pressure and having to hit the shots in order to get a feel for where your game is.

Talk soon,