CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 03: Padraig Harrington of Ireland putts on the 12th hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 3, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
It was a very disappointing week in Charlotte for me. I went there looking forward to the week and left having missed the cut and probably finishing in my worst position as a professional. I shot rounds of 80 and 75 to miss the cut by nine shots. Quail Hollow is a tough golf course, but not that tough that I should be shooting scores like that.
However even though I shot such poor scores I did not leave disheartened. I am actually very positive about my game and in both rounds I hit a lot good shots. I know that it is hard to believe when you look at my scores but there were many very good solid shots. My main problem was actually my short game. Over the two rounds I was very poor when it came to scrambling. I got less than one out of every four up and down and lost nearly three shots to the field in putting. It just isn't possible to play when this happens, especially when I am not the sort of person that hits 16 greens a round. I know that my driving and greens in regulation stats weren't great either, but they weren't terrible and if my short game was up to scratch I am confident that I would have made the cut. I am not saying that I would have been contending in the tournament but I definitely feel that I would have been playing over the weekend.
The main problem was my chipping. I hit a lot of poor chip shots that didn't really give me a chance to get up and down. But when I did hit a good chip I tended to miss the putt. I couldn't say that it was the fault of the long putter, in actual fact I like the feel of it in terms of how my stroke felt with it but I wasn't overly comfortable with the alignment. I will work with it again during the practice days next week and see how it feels.
As it was Caroline's birthday on Sunday we all stayed in Charlotte for the weekend so that we could celebrate her birthday together. I practised on Saturday and took Sunday off. On Saturday I spent most of my time working on my chipping and bunker play and a small bit of time on my long game. I am happy with what I am doing in my long game and will see Pete Cowen on Monday for a short while to check a few things out. I would actually think that we will spend most of our time on my bunker play as it was very poor this week. In fact, I wasn't confident on any bunker shot I hit.
So while it was a very poor week I am not feeling down. I am actually feeling good about my game as I know exactly what I have to work on and will be spending a lot of time on my short game between now and Thursday at the Players Championship.
I have had two weeks off since the Masters and I spent most of it at home, practising and playing. I did a lot of practice during my first week off and then in my second week played a couple of games to see where my game was at. I spent last weekend in New York with Caroline and the lads, which was our family celebration for Caroline's birthday.
This week I am playing the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow CC, Charlotte. I have played here a number of times and always enjoy coming to the event, but I missed it last year as Patrick was making his first communion. The last time I played here was when I had to go back out after play to the 13th tee with my playing partner Phil Mickelson and the referee to show that I hadn't teed off in front of the markers, which was a very strange thing altogether.
I am happy to be back here this week for what is one of the best tournaments of the year. We are looked after so well and the tournament is played on a super golf course, with a finish that can be one of the toughest in golf. The course is normally in fantastic condition, however this year there has been a problem with the greens and some of them are not up to their normal standard. It is no big deal though as everything else is as it always is. It will be a great tournament as always and no doubt an exciting one.
I got here on Monday evening and the following day I did some practice and played eleven holes with Ross Fisher and Nicolas Colsaerts. It was a little chilly for here and so the course played long. The pro-am was the same and it seemed like a different course than the one I played back in 2011 - I felt that I was wearing out my long irons and in fact my hybrid. There has been some rain here and so the course is a little softer than normal and with the slightly colder weather it has all contributed to how long the course has played. As always with me, after a couple of weeks off I am feeling a little rusty. I have done a lot of practice and now I need to get back into playing mode. I am happy with the work I have done and I feel that I have made some good progress, but there is still some work to be done before it is second nature. I have played 29 holes over the two days and I am reasonably happy with how I played.
The main thing that I changed in the last week is my putter. I was at home last week and I was messing around with a belly putter and it felt very good. I decided to bring it with me this week and see how it would go in practice. Having used it for the two days I am probably going to use it in the tournament; I putted nicely with it in the pro-am and so am happy to try it out.
Overall I feel a little rusty but I am looking forward to playing this week. I like the course and have had some good results here over the years. I am out early on Thursday and late Friday. Whilst a little rusty, I know that my game is in good shape and I am feeling positive about my new putter so I am looking forward to a good week.