MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 07: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his tee shot on the par 4 17th hole during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 7, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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.

St. Jude Classic

Entry Date:
Jun 6, 2012

US Open Tee Times.
Padraig will tee off early/late for the first two rounds of this years US Open at the Olympic Club. He tees off at 7.55am (local time) Thursday and 1.40pm Friday in the company of former Major winners, David Toms and Davis Love!

FedEx St. Jude Classic - Review
It was a week of what could have been - every day I could have been a few shots better. From the first round I was on the edge of contention and it stayed that way for the week. In the end I finished in a tie for thirteenth which was satisfactory. I would have liked to have finished further up the leaderboard but it wasn’t to be. It was a good week in terms of it being the week before a major - I hit a lot of very good shots during the week and most importantly of all I putted well. My putting was the highlight of the week as far as I was concerned as it was the first week for a while where I felt that I really putted well, hitting a lot of good putts and holing out nicely.

This was only the second week that I have worked with Dave at a tournament and I have to say it was great. I felt that it really helped a lot having him around - he is very regimented which helps. Everything is documented and recorded so as to build up a database. He definitely helped in terms of getting the most out of my practice while also reducing the actual time I spent on the range. I definitely would have spent a lot more time practising if he wasn’t there.

As always after a tournament I did my stats so as to see what I did well and what let me down. This was the first week for along time that my putting was above the norm but also the first event of the year where my wedges were poor. I hit 50 wedges into greens during the week and I was only two under par for them - this is a very disappointing week considering that I putted well and that I am leading proximity to the hole with a wedge on tour. I would expect to be well into double figures under par for this many wedges. When I looked back at how I hit them I can see that I struggled to trust my distances for some reason. It may have come from the fact that I had to hit a few of them from the rough, which meant that you had to judge whether it was going to fly or come out soft. I know that if I had hit my wedges as I expect to hit them then I would have contended for the title. On Sunday I felt that my routines weren’t as good as they should have been and this also cost me a couple of shots. Having seen my stats I know that I have to do a bit of work on my wedges and also spend some time on working on my routines.

All in all it was nice warm up week for the US Open. I played very nicely and there was a marked improvement in my putting - I got to see all of this without stressing myself out too much. We even played early on Sunday as the forecast was bad but luckily the weather never came in an so it meant that anyone travelling to San Francisco was able to get there a few hours earlier than expected.

FedEx St. Jude Classic
Final round of one under par 69 sees Padraig finish in a tie for 13th place at four under par for the tournament. Nine under par won the event. It was another encouraging week for Padraig who now goes to the second Major of the year full of confidence.

Battling third round for Padraig of one over par 71 leaves him at three under par for the tournament and just three behind the leaders going into a jam packed Sunday leaderboard. A terrible start where he fell to four over par after just five holes left him with a mountain to climb but he responded impressively to record four birdies on a tough day where no player in the field could get away. He tees off in the final round at 8.06am local time with Woody Austin and Jeff Overton in what promises to be an exciting finish!

Padraig follows his fine opening round with another solid two under par 68 to lie in tied 8th place going into the weekend and only three behind the leader. An opening bogey was quickly wiped out by three birdies but a promising front nine was spoiled by a 340 yard tee shot on his 9th hole which ran out of fairway and found the hazard. He fought back with a birdie two on the 11th where he hit it to three feet but missed a short putt on the par three 14th hole to drop a shot. An up and down on the par five 16th hole from a greenside bunker got him back to four under and all in all it was a very impressive ball striking day. He tees off in the third round at 11.45am local time with Boo Weekley.

Padraig shoots a fine opening round of two under par 68 which leaves him in a tie for 7th position and only two behind the leaders. Three birdies and just one bogie were recorded around the TPC course which played exceptionally tough in benign conditions. The highlight of Padraigs round was a chip in birdie four on the par five third hole and he will be hoping for a return to winning ways before next weeks trip to the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Padraig is back on the USPGA Tour starting with the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It is being played at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. It is an event that Padraig has been a regular to and he will be hoping to improve on his tied 4th finish in 2008 with the US Open coming up next week. Padarig plays in an all Irish pairing as he tees it up with Graeme McDowell and Rory McIllroy at 7.27am local time.

FedEx St. Jude Classic - Preview


After missing the cut at Wentworth I went home and did quite a lot of practise. I worked on a few things that I spoke to Pete Cowen about, nothing too major but a few small things that I wanted to get into my swing - It was really just a continuation of the work we have been doing. After a week of practice at home I am looking forward to getting back into action this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. I have played here in Memphis ever since the tournament was moved to the week before the US Open, however even if it wasn’t this week I would want to play here, as I really like the course.

I got here on Sunday evening so that I could get out on the course on Monday morning. After hitting balls last week at home I was looking forward to getting out and playing. Unfortunately Monday morning was a washout with thunderstorms. The range didn’t open until nearly 1.00pm and the course opened about 4.30pm. I ended up just practicing for a few hours as the course was so wet and wouldn’t have been anything like tournament condition. On Tuesday I played nine holes in the morning and then spent a few hours practicing in the afternoon. I mixed up the practice between long and short game, probably about 50/50 – I got a lot done and felt it was a good days work.

Dave Alred arrived on Tuesday evening and is spending the week here with me. We haven’t worked at a tournament since Abu Dhabi so it will be good to have him here for the rest of the week.

On Wednesday, I played the morning pro-am and then a small amount of practice with Dave. It was short and snappy which was nice, he set up what we did and we went through it quickly and got our work done. Having him standing beside you is great as there is much more purpose in what you’re doing as he is there monitoring and giving you feedback. His approach at a tournament is very different to when he comes to see me at home - at home it is long days and a high volume of work where as at a tournament he prefers short sessions so I don’t get tired. It is actually similar to my gym sessions with Liam, they are short and snappy and as a result I am generally leaving on a high.

As always, the week before a major I have one eye on the following week, however this week I would say it is less than normal as I happy with all areas of my game. I know that preparing and performing well this week is the best preparation for next week and that is why I have asked Dave to come and work with me. I am here to win this week and let next week look after itself. I really like this course and feel that it is one that suits my game.

It is an unusual draw this week as I am paired with Rory and Graeme - an all Irish three ball, we could have stayed at home and had this game! I have played with Graeme many times in tournaments but never with Rory, I am looking forward to playing with the lads, it should be good fun.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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