NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 03: Padraig Harrington of Ireland looks on from a bunker on the 14th hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 3, 2011 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Deutsche Bank Championship - Review
My FedEx Cup run has come to an end. I went to the Deutsche Bank Championship needing to finish in the top 35 to move onto the third leg of the Playoffs but unfortunately I wasn’t able to do so. It was one week too many for me - six consecutive tournaments is not something that I have done too often in my career. I think the last time I played this many events in a row was during my first year on tour. I didn’t feel bad physically, but when I look back on my four rounds in Boston I can see the tell tale signs of fatigue. I struggled with my reading of the greens and my all round decision-making was poor. These are always the areas that I struggle with when I am tired but over the years it has been hard to notice the effects until it is too late. That is why I sit down and carefully plan out my schedule so as not to get myself into this kind of situation.
It wasn’t my original plan to play six tournaments in a row - I was originally only supposed to play three and then have a family holiday but due to the fact that I was outside of the top 125 in the FedEx standings I had to cancel my holiday and play the Wyndham Championship. My decision to play there was the right one as I qualified for the Barclays. Having qualified for the Barclays I played well and made it into the Deutsche Bank but that is where it ended as I wasn’t able to keep it up for a sixth week. It is disappointing to be missing out on the last two Playoff events but it was simple enough, I didn’t play well enough during the season and so I can’t complain. I was asked after the final round if I thought the system worked and even though I missed out on the last two events I still believe that it works very well. For something like this to work well you have to have people missing out. This year a number of players played in the Wyndham Championship so as to try and qualify for the top 125, which is what Playoffs are all about.
It is disappointing to miss out but there is nothing that I can do about it now. I have a lot of tournaments left before the end of the season so I have plenty to concentrate on. The positive thing that I can take from the last few weeks is the way I have played. I felt much more comfortable with my game on the course and over the last few weeks I hit a lot of very good shots but, more importantly, I feel that I hit very few poor ones. During the last two tournaments I really feel that I gave myself a lot of good chances but never managed to convert enough of them. Even in the Barclays where I finished 13th, I left a lot of shots behind me in the final round, all from missed putts. In Boston I was happy with how I played but again I wasn’t able to convert enough putts.
I am feeling good about the rest of my season because of what I have seen in the last few weeks. I am really looking forward to taking a rest and then getting back to action. I’m not too sure what my plans are for the next few weeks but this week, at least, I know it entails a lot of rest.
Deutsche Bank Championship.
Disappointing final round for Padraig as he shoots 75 and is now out of the playoffs which continue in two weeks time. Four bogies and a very rare no birdies made up his card on a frustrating day. He now has a couple of weeks off before returning for the year end events.
Third round of one under par 70 for Padraig at the Deutsche Bank Championship. After starting with a birdie on the first hole things went a little quiet as he recorded just one more birdie and a bogie. He will need a low final round to progress in the playoffs as he now lies in 87th place with the top 7o going through. He tees off at 8.38am local time with Ricky Barnes.
Disappointing second round for Padraig as he shoots a two over par 73 to leave him at level par for the tournament. He finished inside the cut line but is now in 89th place in the playoffs so needs two good rounds at the weekend to progress. Three bogies and just one birdie at the par four 13th hole made up his card.
Solid first round of two under par 69 for Padraig at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Starting on the back nine, he got off to a slow start and was one over par after four holes but had a lovely run around the turn where he birdied four out of five holes. Two dropped shots, both on par fives took the sheen of an otherwise fine round but he is well placed in tied 27th place going into Saturdays play. Six under par leads after the opening round.
This week Padraig is at the exceptional setting of TPC Boston in Massachusetts for the next round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It is a par 71 course that stretches to 7,214 yards and the tournament carries a whopping 8 million dollar purse plus the all invaluable Fed Ex Cup points. The likely scenarios for him to progress further in the Playoffs include a top 35 finish to play next week in Chicago and a top 3 finish to end up in Atlanta! He tees off Friday in the opening round at 12.52pm local time with Blake Adams and Jeff Overton.
Deutsche Bank Championship - Preview.
We have moved up the east coast of America to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs. After The Barclays I am now 80th in the standings and to progress to the third leg in Chicago I have to be inside the top 70 after this week. It is hard to keep your mind off the FedEx standings as your projected position is shown on the leader board on every hole. Even if you are well up in the standings you are still thinking about getting yourself into a better position so as to have a chance of winning the whole thing. However, if you are in my position you are thinking about where you need to finish to get into the next leg. That said it is important to do your best to get it out of your mind and concentrate on the Deutsche Bank Championship.
I have played here in the Deutsche Bank ever since the Fed Ex Cup started, although I have had mixed results over the years. I have missed the cut a few times and also had a chance to win the tournament one year. It is a course that I enjoy playing - it is always in great condition from tee-to-green and the greens are always perfect. The quality of the course is reflected in the scoring as anytime tour players get a good conditioned course with quality greens we always shoot low numbers.
I got here on Monday evening after sitting out Hurricane Irene in New Jersey; luckily for us in NJ it wasn’t too bad. It hit other areas much worse - we got some very heavy rain and flooding in some areas but nothing too major. Ronan and I drove up on Monday evening - it took us six hours as the traffic was terrible, whereas normally it would take about three and half hours. When we got to our hotel in Boston it had no power as the storm had knocked it out but thankfully it was fine in the morning. This week the tournament starts on Friday, as it is a public holiday here this weekend. Having arrived here on Monday evening it meant that I was able to get out onto the course on Tuesday. I did some practice and played nine holes - it was great as there was practically no one around and Bob Rotella was here so he spent the whole day with me. On Wednesday I again played nine holes and did some practice - there were more players around but still not too many as a lot of the players know the course so well they don’t come in until Wednesday evening. Wednesday was my 40th Birthday so a gang of us went out that evening for a birthday dinner in Providence.
We played the pro-am on Thursday this week - I was in the afternoon flight so I did some practice in the morning before I went out and played. My team had a chance to pick up a prize but we let it slip over the last few holes - I played okay but didn’t make enough birdies for the team. Even though I didn’t play quite as well as I would have liked I am happy with my game and looking forward to playing this week. I am here to try and win the Deutsche Bank Championship this week - by winning here it would sort out all my worries about getting into the third and fourth playoff events. If I don’t win I have to finish in the top 30 this week to get into the next leg in Chicago. I am playing late on Friday and then early Saturday - as with last weeks event we are drawn as per our FedEx standings.