SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA - OCTOBER 13: Padraig Harrington of Ireland in action during a practice round at Port Royal Golf Course prior to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on October 13, 2013 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
It was a great week in Bermuda, but the only downside was that the golf wasn't as good as last year. This year I finished last of the four players shooting rounds of three over and level par.
My first round really knocked me out of it as I then had too much work left to do. It was disappointing to shoot three over par as I then knew I was out of contention going out on Wednesday for the second and final round. However, the good thing about the week was that I felt very comfortable on the greens with my old putter; even though I didn't hole many putts it felt so much better. Overall I hit a lot of good shots but a few average ones cost me.
I stayed on in Bermuda until Friday and enjoyed a couple of days relaxing by the pool, doing very little, which was all very enjoyable. However I did get to play the par three course with Caroline, Ronan and his brother, Kitt. I took the money off Ronan which was very enjoyable and I won't let him forget it for a while.
This is my fourth time playing in this tournament now and like the other three it was great. We were treated like kings all week and bar the second round when we had some heavy rain the Bermuda weather was fantastic.
I am heading to Shanghai now for the BMW Masters. While I am disappointed to be leaving Bermuda in fourth place I am feeling good about things. I felt very comfortable on the greens with both the putter and my reading. This week I read the greens first by feel and then by looking at the line and it was much better. In terms of my swing and how I hit the ball there is very little to say, as I was happy with it.
This week I am back in Bermuda defending the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. I won here last year after getting a late call up due to an injury to Ernie Els; this year I am here as a result of Phil Mickelson not playing and being defending champion. I'll have to send Phil a post card!
This is my fourth time playing the Grand Slam, which have all been held in Bermuda. I have been off since the Dunhill, as I didn't make the Seve Trophy team and wasn't able to play in Portugal and get here in time. I travelled on Saturday so that I could get a practice round in on Sunday, followed by the pro-am on Monday.
Its great to be back here as it is a super event. It's very relaxing but still competitive as none of us want to lose. I played the course on Sunday and Monday, there haven't been any changes to it since last year which is nice. There are plenty of tough holes on the course and plenty of holes that offer up birdies. The thing that makes this course difficult is the wind, with the course right on the cliff edge it is quite exposed. When it blows here it really blows and it is similar to a links wind in that it really does affect the flight of the ball. The one good thing though is that it is a warm wind.
I am happy with how I hit the ball in practice and I haven't felt the need to spend much time on the range as there hasn't been anything to work on. I have spent a good bit of time on the putting green as this is where I have been struggling of late. I have my old putter out with me this week so hopefully it will sort out my woes of late.
My opposition this year is Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner. It is their first time here and its ironic, as I pointed out in an interview, that they are having the best year of their careers to be here and I am having my worst. It's funny how it goes although that said, we are all major champions.
I'm looking forward to playing this week as I am hitting the ball well and have good memories of this course and of Bermuda in general. I won last year and finished second on my previous two appearances here. I will be trying hard to defend my title and its nice being the Grand Slam Champion, the most exclusive tournament in the world.
No matter how it goes I will be enjoying myself as it is impossible not to in Bermuda. The views around the course are spectacular. They are so good you have to prick yourself every now and then to remind yourself we are here to play golf. It's tough but someone has to do it!