VIENNA, AUSTRIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays a shot during the second round of the Austrian Golf Open presented by Lyoness at the Diamond Country Club on September 23, 2011 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Padraig signed off his first Austrian Open with a closing 72 to finish in tied 36th place on one-under par. Commenting on his performance Padraig said, "I saw a lot of stuff I was happy with, especially my driver, which I hit very well and very straight. In fact it was probably the straightest club in the bag this week. It was very worthwhile -- a good trip. If I hit my driver like that every week, I'd ask for no more."
Fine third round of two under par sees Padraig rise to tied 30th place and eight behind the leader but only three behind a top ten place going into Sundays play. Three birdies and just one bogie on the par three 15th hole made up his card. He tees off Sunday at 10.10am local time hoping for a low round before next weeks Dunhill Cup tournament.
Solid second round of two under par sees Padraig make the cut at the Austrian Open and trail the halfway leader by eight shots. Starting on the back nine, he made three birdies in his first four holes and six in all. If he can eliminate the mistakes he has a chance of recording a low score over the weekend. He tees off at 9.05am local time Saturday.
Disappointing first round of three over par 75 for Padraig in Austria. After a promising start where he rushed to two under par after eight holes, he dropped three shots around the turn and compounded this with a visit to the water on the par four 16th hole. With an early start on Furday, he can still get back in contention as he played some fine golf throughout the first round. Six under par leads after the opening round.
“The matches are underway at the 2011 Solheim Cup at the beautiful Kileen Castle golf course. It’s going to be an amazing few days of golf, highly competitive and I’m sure will be played in a wonderful spirit. I’m sorry that I cannot be there to sample the great atmosphere but I am pleased to have made the cut in Austria. Best of luck to both teams!”, Padraig.
Padraig has made a surprise entry to this weeks European tour event, the Austrian Open. It is being held at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria a par 72 layout that stretches to 7,386 yards. It is Padraigs first time to play an event in Austria and gives him a chance to bed in new swing chances he has been working on. Ryder Cup and Race to Dubai points will be also uppermost in his mind as he chases the first prize of 166,000 euro. Padraig tees off in the opening round at 12.30pm local time with big hitting local favorite Bernd Wiesberger and Jose Manuel Lara.
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I have had two weeks off since being knocked out of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. I was considering taking three weeks but I felt it would be good to come to Austria and play in the Austrian Golf Open presented by Lyoness. When I got home from Boston I took a couple of days off to relax and recharge the batteries. Then I had a couple of things that I wanted to do, the first of which was to see Pete Cowen. I had a chat with him at the Bridgestone back in August but hadn't had the chance to do anything on it until now. I liked what he had to say and have been looking forward to finding time to do some work with him. I went to see him for a couple of days and we put in quite a few hours working on things. I have spent the last week or so working on what he told me and this week is my first chance to try it in a tournament. Essentially we changed my backswing to a wider and shorter one and then we also worked on my downswing to try and get my arms in front of my body. I have been happy with what I have seen on the range at home but I am never quite sure where I am with it until I get to a tournament and test it in a competitive situation.
On top of the work I did with Pete I also went to see Paul Hurrion to work on my putting. I have been working with him for a number of years and so whenever I get some time off we generally get together to make sure that everything is in good working order. He was happy with everything and there was nothing really out of sync. We spent some time working on the pace that I hit my putts, as we both felt that I could do with rolling my putts more as opposed to hitting them. Certainly the more I roll the ball the better I putt - I worked on it quite a bit during the week and it has made my 10-20 foot putts feel a lot better.
When I decided to come and play in Austria I was asked to play in a charity nine hole pro-celebrity exhibition on Tuesday afternoon. I was delighted it was on the tournament course, meaning that I got to see some of the holes. My partner was to be Rosanna Davidson, but unfortunately the weather was poor and so the format changed. We hit a few shots off the first tee and then she headed in. She has only taken up the game recently, but if she keeps at it she will become a decent player.
I have played 27 holes in practice this week. The first nine was played in very poor weather on Tuesday so it wasn’t great in terms of getting a feel for the course but worthwhile as I got a look at it. The pro-am was much more indicative of what the course will play like during the tournament. It is a good test, particularly off the tee - if you drive the ball well you can score, if not there is a lot of water to catch you out. The greens are relatively small and quite soft after the rain on Tuesday. All in all it is a very good golf course. I have been happy with how I have been hitting it - there were still some shots that I know I haven't quite got right but overall I am happy that it is moving in the right direction.
I was originally planning on having a three week break but seeing as I have been doing a lot of practice on the range, and with my tendency to over-practice, I felt that it would be worthwhile coming to Austria to see how my work has gone. That said, as much as I am here to see where my game is at, more importantly I am here to try and register my first win of the season. I am currently outside of the top 60 in the Race to Dubai standings, but a win here would move me into an exemption spot and kick start my end of season run. I will certainly be trying hard to give myself a chance to get that victory.