DORAL, FL - MARCH 08: Padraig Harrington of Ireland stands with his caddie during the second round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 8, 2013 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Finishing in a tie for 39th is not a good week in terms of my overall performance, however when I look back on this week there are many very good things to take from it. I got some really good work done with Dave Alred, in particular on my wedge play and we also made some good progress on my putting. As well as the work I did with Dave I also got to spend some time with Bob Rotella and we had some good chats about where I felt I was going wrong and what needed to be done. Our chat on Wednesday evening was actually very worthwhile and it all clicked for me - it wasn't anything new but sometimes you need to hear things a number of times before they make sense.
I went to Doral looking to get into contention, unfortunately I didn't manage that but I left feeling good about what I achieved during the week. I got off to a tough start by shooting four over par on Thursday, which left me down towards the end of the field and well out of the tournament. The great thing for me in terms of having shot my poor first round was that we were guaranteed four rounds, because for me at the moment it is important that I am on the course playing tournaments, as the work that I need to do can only be done there. Spending time on the range at the moment is not doing me any good, especially as my long game is in very good shape. It is my short game that needs sharpening and the best way of doing this is to be playing.
As the week went on I got better and better in terms of my routines and my putting. During the previous three tournaments I had putted poorly, so last week I wore my glasses for the first time during play. They went well and I didn't notice any problems with them. They made everything much sharper and closer to me which took a bit of getting used too. They felt very comfortable and I would say that I had a very good week in terms of reading the greens. What I was seeing with my glasses on was what I was feeling so I wasn't getting two different reads. I also did a lot of work on my putting routine and so to get four rounds to practice it was great. By the end of the week it was beginning to feel quite natural.
Overall I am happy with what I achieved last week but disappointed with my performance, especially my final round as I played really well and only shot level par. I had it going for a while and looked like I was going to shoot a low round but in the end a few poor chip shots and some mental mistakes cost me. Thankfully dropping four shots in the last five holes didn't really make much of a difference to my week, as I would only have finished about ten places better.
Now I am heading to Thailand for the Thailand Open in Bangkok and with everything that I got done last week I am really looking forward to playing.
This week I am in Miami for the WGC Cadillac Championship. After sweating it out for a couple of days at the Accenture World Matchplay, other results went my way and I made into the field this week.
After being beaten in the first round at Tucson I went home for a week. It was great to get home and take it somewhat easy, but as always I did a lot of practice, possibly too much! However it was nice to be at home with my family and get to catch up with some friends. The weather was actually great for practice - even though it was cold there was no wind so I got a lot of good work done.
I got to Miami on Sunday evening but my clubs didn't arrive until Monday evening. It wasn't that big a deal as I was able to locate a putter and spent a lot of time on the putting green. This week I have Dave Alred with me, which is his first tournament of the year. Having Dave here puts a different emphasis on my preparation. He is very keen to get me ready to play on Thursday and all my practice is about being competitive - he doesn't go in for practice that has no meaning. Even when I am doing some technical work he wants to have it set out properly so as to make sure that I get the most out of it. He is exactly what I need as it keeps me on my toes and gets me as focused in practice as I would be in a tournament.
Since getting here on Sunday I have got quite a bit done and each evening I have got out to do some really good wedge work when the range is quiet. I played nine holes on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday and as has been the case for the last year or so, my long game is in good shape. With this in mind I haven't spent too much time on this area of my game. Dave and I decided that we should focus more on the short game and wedge play as these are the areas that make your score. I feel that I have got some really good work done on these areas so far this week, in particular my putting. I have also been wearing my glasses in practice which has definitely helped me with my reading of the greens. When I am wearing them I am seeing what I am feeling. This has been my problem for the last while as I have been getting two reads and therefore I wasn't able to trust what I was seeing. Now with the glasses I am much happier.
Along with Dave Alred, Pete Cowen and Bob Rotella are also here. I have spent a good bit of time chatting to Bob about where I am with my game and that I have been trying a bit too hard. It has been very helpful and a few things he said really hit home. Pete had a look at me for a couple of holes and thought everything was good which was nice to hear.
My preparation has been good and very enjoyable, as Dave brings a fresh approach to it whenever he is out. I am looking forward to getting going on Thursday. Even though I haven't played too many holes, I am not too worried as I have played the course so many times and it hasn't changed for a good few years. I have had some good results here at Doral; I like the course and enjoy the tournament. I am feeling good and ready to get going and will be playing with Jim Furyk and Martin Kaymer for the first two rounds, at 1.10 pm on Thursday and 12.20 pm Friday. The joy of only having 65 players in the field is that we don't have any early times for the first two days!