LA JOLLA, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Padraig Harrington of Ireland reacts after chipping in for eagle from the bunker on the 13th hole of the south course during round two of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 6, 2015 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)
I was very disappointed to miss the cut last week, especially as after four holes of my second round I was five under par for the tournament. I got on a run of bogies and I just wasn't able to stop them. The South Course played very tough last week and if you were not hitting it well it was a struggle. I ended up hitting too many shots from the rough and it cost me.
I shot three under in the first round on the easier North Course, which was fine but it should have been a lot better. I was three under through nine holes but wasn't able to improve. I made three bogeys on my back nine when I really shouldn't have made any and then I failed to make a birdie on the last hole - I was unlucky in that I got an extremely heavy lie in the rough which meant that I couldn't reach the green. That said three under was ok and it put me in good position going into the second round.
My second round started out well in terms of scoring - I made three pars and then an eagle on the 13th (my 4th hole of the day). However I had missed the first three greens and then chipped in from off the edge for eagle. This continued for the rest of my round and I missed a lot of greens and fairways. I just didn't play well, in actual fact I chipped and putted well to shot the score I did. I spent the weekend in San Diego and played a couple of games. On Saturday I played a pro-am on the North Course and then on Sunday I played on a local course with a few friends. I can see from my two weeks that it is rustiness that is contributing to my poor play. Getting out and playing is what I need and I feel a lot better after getting in the two rounds at the weekend. Whilst it is not the same as competitive tournament rounds, it all helps.
I am heading to Pebble Beach for the AT&T this week and looking forward to catching up with my Partner, J.P., as well as getting some more competitive rounds under my belt.
I am in San Diego this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. The last time I played here in Torrey Pines was at the 2008 US Open. This week we play the North and South courses the first two days and then the South over the weekend.
I played the Monday pro-am on the South Course, but I have to admit I was a little tired after been at the Super Bowl the day before and then getting a very early flight, so I wasn't at my best. That said I feel that the set-up of the course this week is tougher than when the U.S. Open was played there. The rough is very heavy and if you don't hit the fairways it is pretty much impossible to score. The North Course is nowhere near as tough - the rough is quite heavy but as it is a shorter course when you are in it you can get to the green. To do well this week you need to score on the North.
I have spent my time practicing this week working on my routines as they were very poor last week in Phoenix. It is amazing what can happen in the off-season - by the end of last year they were really quite good but after seven weeks of no golf they were poor. By Wednesday evening they were starting to feel good again and I am looking forward to playing to see how they stand up in tournament rounds.
I am feeling a lot better about my game after a few days of working on it. While I hit it poorly on Monday it was purely down to tiredness, but when I played on Wednesday it was much better. The work I did last weekend and this week has got me much sharper and feeling good. I am playing at 10.20am on Thursday and 9.10am on Friday with Heath Slocum and Jarrod Lyle. On Thursday I play the North Course so I am looking to get myself off to a good start before I face the "beast" that is the South Course.