NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 1, 2012 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Deutsche Bank Championship - Review
It was a disappointing week in Boston, I came into the week looking for a good finish to get me closer to the top 30 in the Fed Ex standings. A 59th place finish was a long way from what I needed. I have struggled in Boston over the years with the exception of 2009 where I had a chance to win. I can’t put my finger on why this is as I like the course and always feel that I can shoot a good score. It just seems to be one of those courses that I haven’t quite mastered!
I finished on two over par for 59th place, which was actually a good finish as I shot four under on the last day. Like last week in Bethpage I had two scores under par and then two over par. My first and last rounds were under par, 70 and 67, and then my second and third rounds were over par, 74 and 75. When you shoot over par at TPC Boston you really feel that you are letting the field go by.
I struggled all week on the course, not so much with my game but just not really feeling good. It was like I was flat. In my first round I wasn’t very good and looked like I was going to shot a poor score only to come back and make a couple of birdies in my last three holes to shoot one under. When I holed my putt for birdie on the last hole to shoot one under I really felt great about my score. It felt like I had robbed the score from someone. I was hoping that this was going to be my kick-start to a good week! The next two rounds were no better in terms of how I felt on the course but a lot worse in terms of scoring. My second round I just never got comfortable, no matter what I did I couldn’t move away from the cut mark. I was struggling all day and was sure I needed two birdies in the last three holes to make the cut until I saw on the leader board that the cut had moved to two over. In the end I holed a six footer for par on the 17th and then birdied the last to make the cut on the mark. Considering how I felt and some off the shots I hit I was thrilled to make the cut. Sunday didn’t bring any improvement - I played and felt much the same and shot four over par to be six over and in the first group out with Graeme on Monday.
My final round was a lot better; I played very nicely and holed a few putts when I had too. All in all I made six birdies and two bogeys for a round of four under which moved me from a tie for 77th to 59th. More importantly it moved me back up the Fed Ex rankings to 55th, so only dropped seven places for the week. It wasn’t the sort of week I was looking for, but there were still a lot of positives and I finished with a good score which is always nice.
During the week I was practicing my putting and a couple of people said to me that I looked like I was decelerating. When I thought about it, it made perfect sense and the more I hit putts I realized that I actually was. Since realizing this I spent a lot of time on the putting green working on correcting this. It felt a little awkward at first but as the week wore on it became more comfortable.
While it was a disappointing week the important thing is that I am still standing in the Fed Ex. I am moving onto Crooked Stick in Indianapolis for the BMW Championship. I need a big week there to make it to the last Play-off in Atlanta; probably a top five. The first thing I am looking forward to when I get there is to get a good sleep, having been up at four o’clock the last two mornings I am pretty tired.
Deutsche Bank Championship.
Fine final round of four under par 67 sees Padraig finish the tournament at two over par and in 56th place in the FedEx Cup standings going into next weeks event. After a quiet start with a bogie on the par four third hole, he reeled off six birdies for the day including three in his last four holes. He now will need something like a top ten finish in the next event to make it into the top thirty qualifiers for the season ending Tour championship. To win the Fed Ex Cup outright he would need two wins! The BMW championship is next up on the list and is being played at famed Crooked Stick golf course in Chicago.
Padraig shoots a four over par 75 to drop him right down the leader board after the third round. Three dropped shots in his first seven holes did the damage and he only recorded one birdie on the par four 10th hole. He is now hovering around the 64 mark in the FedEx cup standings with the top 70 going through to the next event.
Disappointing second round for Padraig at the Deutsche Bank Championship. After a promising start where he birdied the par five second hole, he dropped five shots in seven holes from the 4th and had to birdie the last to limit the damage to a 74 for the day. His two over par total leaves him just inside the cut line and will be hoping for lower scores at the weekend to progres to the next play off event.
Padraig opens his account in the second play off event with a one under par round of 70. Three birdies were offset by two bogies in a steady round of golf. Nine under par leads after round one.
Padraig has made the short trip to Boston to play in the second of the playoff events, the Deutsche Bank Championship. The top 70 this week will qualify for third event, the BMW Championship. With an eight million dollar purse this week and the incentive to make it all the way to Atlanta for the tour championship final, this is the time to hit a rich vein of form as Padraig has threatened to do over this season. Padraig tees off at 8.04am local time with Charlie Wi and Geoff Ogilvy.
Deutsche Bank Championship - Preview
I have moved from New York to Boston for the second of the Play-offs. After last week in Bethpage I am now forty-eighth in the FedEx Cup table, which effectively secures me for next week's event, but I need a good finish this week or next to get into the top 30 for the Tour Championship.
This week we are starting on a Friday, as it is Labour Day weekend here in the States; its funny how one extra day can make the week seem quite long. I drove up on Monday, which took most of the day and then took it easy at the hotel that evening.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I spent both days at the course doing some practice. I didn’t play either day as I wanted to spend some time working on my short game and I have played here for a number of years now so I didn’t feel that I had to get out on the course. I have spent a lot of time working on my putting, particularly my short putting. I looked at my stats coming up in the car and my putting from inside six feet has been poor this year, so I decided that I would focus on this length for the week and see if I can improve. On Tuesday I spent a couple of hours putting mixed in with some bunker play and chipping. On Wednesday I hit some balls, putted, chipped and hit some bunkers shots. I did this routine twice and then called it a day.
On Thursday I played in the afternoon pro-am, so I did some practice in the morning before I played, again spending most of my time on the putting green. The pro-am was my first look at the course this year; the only change was a new design of the eighteenth green. A lot of people feel that it makes the hole more difficult but I think it is an easier hole now. The old green was very undulating whereas the new green is less so but smaller. If you hit it over the back of the green it is a tough up and down but the right hand bunker is not a bad place to be hitting from and also there is a bit more room short of the green. Other than this change the course is the same as last year, although it did play long as there was an unusual wind blowing.
I have spent a lot of time working on my putting this week and very little on my long game as I am very happy with where my long game is at. I don’t feel the need to stand on the range and beat balls, as there is very little for me to work on. The most important area for me at the moment is my short game and within this my putting. While I missed a few putts last week I felt a lot better over them, so with the work I have done this week I am hopeful that there will be an improvement.
I am looking to break my winless run this week and I have done well here before - I actually had a chance to win in 2009. I know that to have a chance to win the FedEx Cup I need to win this week or next, but failing that I need a good finish to get myself into the top 30 for the Tour Championship. I am feeling very good about my game and I know that I am playing well. If I can have a good week on the greens you never know what will happen.