SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 10: Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays his tee shot on the 12th hole during the continuation of the rain delayed second round of the Barclays Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club on November 10, 2012 in Singapore. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
Barclays Singapore Open - Review
Going over to Singapore I was really looking forward to playing and feeling good about my game, so to miss the cut was very disappointing. Even though I have had mixed results at the Barclays Singapore Open, I was still confident of a good showing, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.
I didn't actually play badly, but a couple of holes cost me really - a double bogey on the short par five 4th in the first round and then a double bogey on the par three 8th in the second round. Looking back on the rounds these two holes really cost me. The first day I started on the 10th and was level par through 12 holes, but then hit a poor tee shot on the 4th, my 13th, and ended up making a double bogey. In round two I got off to a good start by making a birdie on the 1st, the 4th and then the 5th. I was level par for the tournament through 7 holes and moving along nicely. I then missed the 8th green to the right and took four more to get down, which put me back to two over par and I never recovered from there.
Over the two rounds I just didn't make enough birdies; I kept hitting it to fifteen to twenty feet and making pars. It is a course that lends itself to hitting it to this range, as you are constantly laying up from the tee and leaving yourself anything from 170 yards to 200 yards in; you just don't get too many wedges in your hands.
I was very disappointed to miss the cut as I went into the week feeling good about my chances. Over the two rounds I got distracted quite a bit, so after missing the cut on Saturday, Dave Alred and I went out on the other course at the resort and did some work on my routines. We got lots of work done on Saturday and then again on Sunday - it was quality work and the funny thing is that if I had made the cut I wouldn't have been able to get it done. While I am never happy to miss a cut, I did get alot of benefit out of missing this one.
I have two tournaments left before my winter break, heading first to Hong Kong and then Dubai. I am feeling good about things after the work I did and looking forward to playing this coming week.
Padraig was sporting a moustache during the Barclays Singapore Open to help to raise awareness for movember - the moustache growing charity event that raises vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. http://uk.movember.com/
Padraig fails ro make the cut at the Barclays Singapore Open as he shoots a second round of two over par 73. A fantastic start saw him race to three under par after six holes but a double bogey five on the par three 8th hole had him out in one under par and on the cut line. A succession of missed putts saw him limp home in three over par. He now heads for Hong Kong before finishing his European campaign in Dubai.
Disappointing opening round for Padraig in Singapore as he shoots a three over par 74. Starting on the back nine, he reeled off 12 consecutive pars as he struggled on the grainy greens. His round took a turn for the worse as he made a double bogey seven on the par five 4th hole after a poor drive put him in trouble. A bogey five on his final hole made it a miserable day and he will be hoping for better tomorrow! He tees off in the second round at 12.40pm local time.
Padraig continues his quest to gain re entry to the worlds top 50 golfers as he competes this week at the Barclays Singapore Open. It is being played on the Sentosa course which is very dry and expected to yield low scores this week. Frequent thunderstorms are a feature in this area so delays can be expected to the tournament schedule. Padraig is coming off a win in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and will be anxious to continue his stellar play in Bermuda. He tees off in the opening round at 7.50am local time (+8GMT) with Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.
Barclays Singapore Open - Preview
Since my win in the Grand Slam I spent a couple of extra days in Bermuda and then a couple of days in New York. Luckily I left New York before Hurricane Sandy hit, otherwise I would have been stranded for a few days. Since getting home I have been practising away and doing some work in the gym. I also got some good work done at home with Dave Alred who came over for three days and we spent our time working on the course, which was great because it got me away from just hitting balls and more focused on preparing for a tournament.
This week I am in Singapore for the Barclays Singapore Open, which is the first of a three tournament run for me. I got here on Sunday night so that I could get out on the course on Monday and to give myself time to adjust to the jet lag and the heat.
I have played here for the last six years now and have had some success, mixed with poor weeks. I was second one year and had a really good chance to win. I am coming here this year feeling good abut my game and looking for my second win of the year. This year we are back to playing just one course which I am a lot happier about - it is always a lot harder when there is more than one course as there is much more work to do in practice. The main Serrapong course is a tough test and anything under par is a good score. I like the course as it is always in great shape and the only thing about it that I would change is to add some length from the tee. It is a course that you only tend to hit a couple of drivers on, although there is plenty of length to the second shots as you have to hit it to a certain spot to avoid the trouble. Also the greens are very long so it can mean that you are left with some lengthy approach shots.
I have played the course twice in practice now and it really is playing tough. There is some heavy rough in places, where you can only wedge it out from, so there is definitely a premium on hitting fairways.
Dave Alred is here with my this week to follow on from what we did last week in practice. Its great having him at tournaments as he keeps me focused in practice and makes it interesting.
I am looking forward to playing this week as I have done some good work with Dave over the last week which has me itching to play. The hardest thing with this week is the weather, as it is extremely warm and humid and pretty much everyday there is storm. It means that we have to be prepared for frequent delays.
All in all I am feeling good and looking forward to getting going.