GREENSBORO, NC - AUGUST 15: Padraig Harrington hits a shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship on August 15, 2013 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
My FedEx Cup season is over! I went to the Wyndham Championship to try and qualify for the Playoffs but another poor week means that am missing out on them for the first time. I knew going into the week that I needed to put in a good performance to progress but unfortunately I wasn't able to. My first round of three over par left me with a lot to do and then after the second hole of my second round any hope I had was effectively gone after I took an eight.
Missing out on the Playoffs is very disappointing, not only because it is the first time I have missed them, but also because anyone that makes them has a chance to continue their season and compete. If you can get hot for two of the weeks and pull off a couple of wins then you have a great chance of winning the FedEx Cup. However this year I am heading home instead.
The first round was the main problem really and that all came down to putting. I missed six putts from six feet and under, which was definitely the worst putting round of my life. I played nicely in the first round and if I had putted reasonably I would have broken par comfortably. My second round was killed by an eight on my second hole and a six on my ninth, after hitting shots out of bounds on both holes. There were plenty of good things in my second round too however, as I made four birdies and hit some very good shots.
All in all it was a very disappointing week. I am going to take a couple of weeks off to rest as I definitely feel that I am a little burnt out and in need of a break. There are still many tournaments for me over the rest of the season and so being fully rested and ready to go will be crucial. For now I am going to take a weeks family holiday and then head home.
This week I am playing the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. I didn't have this on my schedule at the start of the year but after the Open Championship I added it so as to give myself a chance to improve my FedEx Cup position. I am coming into this week in 129th position on the FedEx table, with the top 125 progressing to next week's first play-off event, The Barclays. I reckon that I need to finish in the top-25 to be sure of qualifying but much will depend on other players. I was in the same position two years ago and I scraped in after finishing 42nd here. However, this year the points are a little higher and so I will need a better week.
It's always a funny week when you are playing a tournament and there are other things riding on it - it can be very distracting as you are quizzed on it all week and it is at the back of your mind. So far I have been asked about the FedEx Cup a lot and not so much about the tournament. However, I know that the best way of qualifying for next week is to just concentrate on this week and let everything else look after itself.
Even though I missed the cut last week I am very happy with how I am hitting the ball. I did some work with Pete Cowen last week and we decided that when I stay in my shots I hit the ball very well. I worked on this over the weekend and I hit the ball really well on the range. I have continued to work on it this week and my good shots are really good and even my average shots are much better. It was a bit of a distraction last week but I am noticing that it is becoming more natural to me.
I have spent a lot of time working on my putting this week as I just haven't been holing enough mid range putts. I have been giving myself plenty of chances but just not converting enough of them. I have spent a few hours on the putting green working on my distance putting and getting a feel for the pace. It has definitely helped as I appear to be holing more of them on the practice green, I just need to see more going in on the course. I have also spent a bit of time practising my chipping as it was poor last week.
The course is in very good condition, there is very little rough and the greens are in super shape. I find it quite tight as there is a lot of out of bounds and nearly every hole has an OB line on it. It is quite soft which makes hitting the fairways easier but the main difficulty is the greens, which are extremely undulating and if you are on the wrong side of the pin there are some treacherous putts and chips. The greens are in better shape and running faster than the last time I was here and so they seem like they are more sloped. Good iron play to the right part of the green is definitely a big advantage here this week.
I am trying to concentrate on this week's tournament and let the FedEx Cup look after itself. Like every week I play, I am looking to win and this is no different. If I can get myself into contention on Sunday afternoon I am happy to see what happens from there.