PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 13: Padraig Harrington hits off the ninth tee during the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 13, 2015 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Life is a lot easier when you play badly and then all of a sudden you get in contention and win one. No one gets on your back. When you finish runner-up seven times, everyone is asking, 'Why aren't you winning?' It's much more fun when you jump into a win out of the blue. It's a much tougher game when you play consistently well.

Valspar Championship

Entry Date:
Mar 11, 2015

Missing the cut is always disappointing but when you have won your previous tournament it is more acceptable - I went to Tampa feeling good about things and looking to have a good week, but whilst missing the cut wasn't in the plan it is much easier to accept it than it was in the first few weeks out.

I missed the cut last week purely as a result of my putting and in my first round I missed seven short putts. I would have to say that it was probably my worst putting round that I can remember. I ended up shooting five over par and the disappointing thing was that if I had putted decently I would have shot under par. By shooting five over in the first round it left me a lot to do to make the cut.

The conditions in the first round were very good, not too much wind, but the second day was more like what we are used to. I played in the afternoon on Friday and it was blowing pretty hard when I got going. It made scoring tougher but the upside was that the cut moved out. I got myself to two under for the day through 10 holes but I wasn't able to pick up any more shots. Not birding the 11th or 14th really cost me as these par fives were where I needed to make some ground, but in the end I finished up shooting 1 over par for the day. The most disappointing thing about my second round was that I missed a short putt on the last green. My round was effectively over but I was still trying and up to there I had putted very well.

All in all it is disappointing to miss the cut. My putting was the most disappointing part as I have been putting well. However, I am putting it all down to a bit of tiredness and not worrying about it. I have moved onto to Orlando for the Arnold palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and put last week behind me already.


I am back in Florida after a week at home enjoying my Honda win. It really felt great to be taking it easy at home for the last few days knowing that I had won the week before. This week I am playing the Valspar Championship in Tampa, playing the Copperhead course at Innisbrook, which has been played here for a number of years now. I have played here for the last five years or so and everytime I come back I enjoy the course more and more.

This week I travelled late as I wanted to have a couple of extra days at home and so I only got here on Tuesday evening. I played the pro-am on Wednesday and did a small bit of practice afterwards. It's been a little strange as its my first time out since I won and so everyone is coming up and congratulating me. Its been a while since I have had this and I have to say it feels good.

The course is in very good condition as always and it's a joy to play it. I have had mixed results here, from top-10s to missed cuts. I have held the course record since 2012 so it's a course that I know I can shoot a low score on.

This week is the first week of obtaining the benefits of having won. I am no longer first or last out and this week I am in a TV group with Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth. This game is funny because things can change overnight. I haven't played with Jordan before so I am looking forward to seeing his game up close. I know Adam well and have played many times with him over the years. He is one of the genuine nice guys out here, so it's always good playing with him.

I played ok in the pro am, I hit some good shots and some average ones. I wasn't too worried about it as I was a little lethargic after the flight the previous day. I even resisted the urge to go and bash balls; I did hit some chips, bunker shots, putts and some wedges, but no full shots. I want to be fresh for Thursday so I purposely took it easy.

It feels good to be back in the TV groups and I'm looking forward to getting playing. We go early on Thursday and late on Friday.