HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 15: Padraig Harrington of Ireland takes part in a Special Olympic Clinic during first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on November 15, 2012 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
UBS Hong Kong Open.
It was a very disappointing week in Hong Kong with a missed cut. After missing the cut in Singapore I did some good work with Dave Alred and went to Hong Kong feeling good about my chances. Unfortunately I just didn't play well - I drove the ball badly which cost me many shots and pretty much everytime I hit it in the trees I needed to chip out and it cost me a shot. On top of that I just didn't do anything well - iron play, wedge play, chipping and putting. It was just one of those weeks that you mark down as a bad week and move on.
I was suffering from flu all week - I'm not saying that this had a major effect on my play but it certainly didn't help. I was taking tablets which made me feel fine but once they wore off I began to feel terrible again. I think it was the first time in my professional career that I never went out for dinner. Every night I got back to the room, I got into bed and ordered room service. In all my years out here I have only had room service a handful of times and this week I had it for seven nights. Also after missing the cut I would normally be out practising, but I just couldn't leave the room. I spent Saturday and Sunday in bed trying to get rid of it so as to be fully fit for next week.
In terms of my golf for the week, I am just writing it off as a bad week and not worrying about it. I am moving onto Dubai and won't be doing anything different to any other week. Its my last tournament of the year and I am going there looking to put in a strong performance so as to finish the year on a high.
UBS Hong Kong Open.
Disappointing second round of four over par 75 sees Padraig miss the cut in Hong Kong. On a day where the putter went cold, he struggled to make anything happen. He hit four fairways out of fourteen in his second round and on the tree lined course made it very difficult to score well. He now heads for Dubai for the season ending European tour finale confined to the top 60 players on the European Tour.
Padraig opens his account in Hong Kong with a one over par round of 71 which leaves him in a tie for 58th place and six behind the leader. A promising start where he picked up two early birdies was wiped out by bogies on his fifth and sixth holes. He again swapped a birdie with a bogie on the 7th and 8th holes to be out in level par. Eight pars followed on the back nine where he failed to hole anything of consequence and one lone dropped shot on the par four 15th hole had him signing for a 71. Padraig tees off in the second round at 12 midday local time (+8GMT) with Simon Dyson and Thongchai Jaidee.
UBS Hong Kong Open - Preview
This week I am in Hong Kong for the UBS Hong Kong Open. It is great to come back to a course where you have won previously and brings back great memories ? I won here in 2003 and then finished third in 2004. Last year was my first year back since then and it didn't go so well, but this year I am feeling much better about my game and looking forward to playing. This is one of the nicest stops of the year - the terrace looks over the putting green is always busy and it?s a great place to sit, have your lunch and watch the world go by.
I got here very early on Monday morning from Singapore. I took it easy and went to the course for lunch. I did some practice and then played nine holes with Peter Lawrie. There weren't that many people around so it was a leisurely nine holes. It was good fun playing with Pete, I only really get to catch up with him at this time of the year when our schedules coincide. On Tuesday I played with him again, but this time earlier in the day as I had to do a photocall in the afternoon. It was a similar day to Monday, a little practice and then nine holes.
On Wednesday I played the morning pro-am and then did some practice afterwards. All of my time on the range has been spent working on my routines, which is a continuation of the work I did with Dave Alred last week. It was a case of going through my routine on every shot so that I am not getting distracted.
I have played fine in practice, although a little mixed in terms of some of the shots I have hit. The thing is that I know that the poor shots that I hit are actually not really that bad, they are just off line as my swing is adjusting to the work I am doing with Pete Cowen. It makes playing a little tough but I know that in the long run it is worth it and over the last couple of days here I can see it improving already.
The golf course this week is a real old style golf course, the sort of course that you would love to play every day. It?s not long but its tight off the tee and the green designs are great. It test all parts of your game and you have to be on top of all areas. It is also a course that rewards hitting fairways over length. I will only hit about four drivers here and on the other holes it a mixture of three wood and five woods.
I am looking to picking up my second win of 2012 and what better place to do it than here in Hong Kong. It?s a course that I have won on before and really enjoy, so I always look forward to playing.