CRANS, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Padraig Harrington of Ireland in action during the first round of the Omega European Masters at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club on September 5, 2013 in Crans, Switzerland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Omega European Masters.
Padraig cards a final round of two over par 73 which leaves him in a tie for 41st place at four under par. A promising front nine of 33 was wiped out by a poor back nine of 40. Thomas Bjorn won the event in a play off with a twenty under par total.
Third round of one over par 72 leaves Padraig in a tie for 17th place going into Sundays final round. Two birdies and a bogey on the par four 7th hole had him out in one under par. A holed bunker shot on the par four 10th got him off to the best possible start on his back nine and he added to that to be two under par playing the par three 16th hole. A tee shot out of bounds caused a double bogey five and he promptly dropped a shot on the 17th but parred the last to sign for a 72. He tees off in the final round at 10.40am with Mark Tullo and Stephen Dodd.
Fine second round of six under par 65 sees Padraig climb the leader board going into the weekend. It could have been better as he recorded two bogies on the day but his eight birdie haul was impressive to say the least. He now will hope for more of the same over the weekend as he chases valuable Ryder Cup points.
Opening round of one under par 70 leaves Padraig in a tie for 41st place heading into Fridays second round at the Omega European Masters. Having opened with a birdie four at the par five first, he swapped a birdie with a bogey to be out in one under par. Two more birdies and bogies followed to leave him with work to do going into the weekend. Eight under par leads after the opening round. Padraig tees off late Friday at 1pm.
Padraig returns to the European tour for this weeks Omega European Masters at the beautiful Crans-sur Sierre golf course in Switzerland. It is an important event for him as he starts his bid for Ryder Cup qualification for Gleneagles in 2014. He tees off early in the opening round at 8am local time with Stephen Gallacher and Gaganieet Bhullar.
This week I am playing golf in one of the most beautiful places in the world - Crans in Switzerland. I last played here in 2001 and ever since then I have watched the tournament on television and looked forward to when it fitted in to my schedule again. Having missed out on the Fed Ex cup meant I was able to come here this week. I got here on Monday afternoon and I have to say that the views are even more fantastic than I remembered. I'm really enjoying being here, the atmosphere is great. The course is right in the middle of the town, I have been walking around the town and passed several people pulling golf trolleys. During the summer this town is all about Golf and then come the winter it turns to skiing.
The hardest thing about this week is the fact that we are here to play a golf tournament! You have to keep reminding yourself, as it is very easy to sit back and just enjoy the surroundings. On Monday afternoon I did a small bit of practice and on Tuesday I played the course - I haven't seen the course in 12 years, it has really improved and is in super condition. There have been some changes made from last year - a lake put in on the 10th and the 13th has been totally changed, It has been lowered and they have added a big amphitheatre around the green. It is now a really good golf hole.
I have had the last two weeks off and I actually haven't done much practice, the first week we had a family holiday and there was only a bit of crazy golf with Paddy and Ciaran. The second week I did some but nothing too major. The funny thing is that even though I haven't had a great season so far I am actually very happy with how I am playing, It just hasn't been happening on the course for me. I have probably been playing with too much confidence and not enough fear. I have always played my best when I have some fear, when I am overly confident about my game I have never performed as well. So far this year I have played and been extremely confident but not yet performed, I have had weeks like this over the years but not such a long sustained period. Now that I know this I can at least address and treat courses with more respect.
I have played the course twice this week, once Tuesday and then the pro-am Wednesday. I am happy with how I played and I am looking forward to the tournament starting. It is great to be back here in Crans, I am really enjoying being here and I?m looking to keep it going and leave here with a trophy on Sunday.