RENO, NV - AUGUST 04: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open on August 4, 2012 at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/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.

Reno Tahoe Open

Entry Date:
Aug 1, 2012

USPGA Championship - tee times.
Padraig is paired with Phil Mickelson and Davis Love, all three being former winners, for next weeks last Major of the year! He tees off late Thursday at 1.40pm and early Friday at 8.30am local time.

Reno-Tahoe Open - Review
Missing out on playing in the WGC-Bridgestone was disappointing but it gave me the opportunity to play in the Reno-Tahoe Open instead. It was a very enjoyable week; I had never been to the area before. I had heard that it was a really nice part of the world and it definitely lived up to its billing. I never made it to the Tahoe side which I believe is also spectacular, because unfortunately I had a golf tournament to concentrate on!

It was my first time playing the modified stableford format and as a result it took me a while to get used to it. I found that I probably didn’t give bogeys enough respect as you only lost a point for them, whereas a birdie got you two points. However by the end of the week I got to grips with it. It is a system that rewards aggressive play and I found that I got a little frustrated when I made a couple of pars in a row as you felt that you weren’t making up any ground. I finished on 25 points for the week, which left me in a tie for nineteenth. It was a bit of an up-and-down week; in my first round I had only made up two points until I eagled the last to finish on seven points. I went from feeling like I was struggling to all of a sudden being nicely placed. Then on Saturday I started very well making three birdies in the first four holes and after twelve holes I had made up ten points and was cruising. A three-putt par on the 13th stopped my momentum and in the end I finished with a nine-point gain. This was disappointing and yet my seven points on Thursday was far from disappointing. What a funny game golf is!

Going into the last round I knew that I needed to have a good scoring day if I was to give myself a chance of a win or a top three finish. I ended up only making up one point on the day, which was very disappointing, as I played a lot better than that. I hit a lot of really good shots but just wasn’t able to convert the putts.

In terms of the Reno-Tahoe Open my finish was disappointing as I started the last round in a tie for 14th, but ended up in a tie for 19th. However in terms of my preparation for the USPGA it was a very good week. I got a lot of really good work done with Dave Alred, which will stand me in good stead at Kiawah. I hit the ball very well all week and gave myself a lot of birdie chances. By playing here this week I was able to identify the areas that need some work on before Thursday; these are mainly my putting, chipping and my related routines.

It was a week of firsts for me; first time in Reno, first time playing this format and also my first time throwing the opening pitch at a baseball game. I got to throw the opening pitch at the Reno Aces game on Monday. It was good fun and a nice distraction; we stayed for most of the game and got into the whole occasion.

All in all I really enjoyed my week. My family had a great time too, which is always a great sign. I got a lot of good things out of it in terms of my preparation for the PGA Championship too.

Padraig. Reno-Tahoe Open.
Disappointing final round of plus one point leaves Padraig on a total of 24 points and in a tie for 19th place. A double bogie six on the par four 14th hole did the damage as he chased the required birdies and eagles in this unique event. JJ.Henry won the event with a fine score of 43 points. Padraig now heads for the last major of the year, the USPGA Championship.

Third round of nine points leaves Padraig on a total of 23 points but trailing the leader on 36 points. His round got off to a great start with four birdies in his first seven holes but it tapered off with just one more birdie and a bogie on the par four 15th hole.

Padraig shoots a final round of plus one point to finish on a total of 24 points and in a tie for 19th place. JJ Henry won the event with a fine total of 43 points. Padraig now heads for the last major of the year at the Ocean course at Kiawah Island.

A mixed bag of a second round for Padraig as he scores seven more points to bring his total to fourteen points heading into the weekend. Twenty four points leads in this modified stableford tournament. He recorded six birdies, five bogies and seven pars, an indication of his all out attacking play. He will need more of the same this weekend!

Opening round of seven stableford points for Padraig at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Fourteen points leads after round one. Padraig started poorly with a bogie five on his opening hole and had four bogies in all on the day but an eagle three on the par five 18th hole gave him a much needed boost of five points to leave him within range of the leaders heading into day two!

Padraig is at Montreux Golf Club in Nevada this week for the Reno-Tahoe Open which is his warm up event for next weeks last Major of the year, the USPGA Championship. The Jack Nicklaus designed course produces some low scores with a 61 being the course record and this weeks tournament, which is a modified stableford scoring event should produce some exciting golf. With two points awarded for a birdie, zero for a par and minus one for a bogie, it promises to be a shoot out with birdies and eagles being the order of the day! Padraig tees off in the opening round at 12.33pm local time with Brian Gay and Stewart Cink.

Reno-Tahoe Open _ Preview
I am usually in Akron this week of the year for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational - but not this year. As I am out of the top fifty in the world I did not qualify for Bridgestone, it is disappointing not to be playing there as it is such a big event. I had been trying to get myself back into the top fifty for a while but to no avail. I always like to play the week before a major and as I didn’t make it to Bridgestone I decided to play the Reno-Tahoe Open.

This is my first time in Reno, I have watched the tournament on T.V. and always thought it looked like a nice place. Having now seen it for myself I can confirm that it is a very nice place. The setting of the golf course is fantastic and the weather is amazing. I got here on Sunday evening to give myself three days to play the course and get a good feel for how it plays. It is not quite a normal week as the course is at altitude; it is about 5,000 feet above sea level which means the ball goes quite a bit further than normal. On top of this it is extremely warm, which also makes the ball go further - when you add all of this into the mix it makes for an interesting week!

The main reason that I am here is because I like to play the week before a major, that said Reno has always been a tournament that I wanted to play. As always with the week before a major I have one eye on next week but I am also here to try and win. I have Dave Alred with me this week to help me prepare for next week and also to help me perform my best this week. It is great having Dave around as he helps to make things interesting; the simple things that I do every day in practice he can make interesting by adding a bit of competition to it.

Since the Open I have been at home doing some practice and as usual I have probably over done some things and not done enough of other things. Because of the work I did at home it is even better to have Dave here as he is helping me get back to playing mode. To play well I know that it is about good routines and ensuring that my whole process is good. The work we have done this week is helping me get this side of it right.

Not only is it my first time playing in the Reno-Tahoe Open it is also my first time playing a tournament using the modified stableford format. This week we are awarded points for birdies and better and then deducted points for bogeys or worse. It means that you have to be a little more aggressive than normal as up you are better making a birdie and bogey than two pars. I am looking forward to playing the format, as it is something new.

I have played 36 holes over the three days and got some good work done on the range. The course is a good test, because of the altitude it doesn’t play long but it has firm greens which makes getting the ball close very tough. In my practice rounds I have tried to think in terms of points rather than under par. I am happy with how I am hitting the ball, the work I did at home has definitely improved my strike.

I am looking forward to playing this week as it is a new format too me. I will have to be a little more aggressive but ensure that I play the right shots - It will be a fun week, and I am looking for a win.

Talk soon,