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.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Entry Date:
Jul 7, 2015

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
Final round of two over par 72 leaves Padraig in a tie for 62nd place on a total of two under par. Ricky Fowler won the event with a twelve under par total. Padraig got off to a steady start and was one under par through twelve holes mixing two birdies with one bogie on the par four 10th hole. He then had a poor run with four dropped shots in his next three holes before he made a final birdie on the par five 16th hole. He now heads for St Andrews for the Open championship where he will have high hopes on a course he loves and has performed well on in the past.

Third round of level par 70 sees Padraig in a tie for 45th place going into Sundays final round. He mixed two birdies with two bogies on each nine to record halves of 35 shots. The day got progressively worse weather wise so it was a solid effort.

Padraig shoots a second consecutive round of 68 to reach four under par at the half way stage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. He got off to the perfect start with two opening birdies and added two more to be out in 32 shots. A couple of dropped shots coming home and a final birdie on the par five 16th hole saw him sign for a 68.

Padraig opens his account in Scotland with a solid two under par round of 68. Starting on the front nine, he got off to a nice start with a birdie four on the par five 2nd hole but gave that shot back with his only bogie of the day on the par four 4th hole. He parred his way out to record level par for the front nine. He started back in the same fashion with four straight pars before grabbing two birdies in the last five holes. He tees off late Friday at 13.40 pm local time. Seven under par leads after the opening round.

Padraig is in Scotland at Gullane GC for this weeks Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. It is being played at a famous links that records show golf has been played at since the 1600's. It is a very exposed course and will be a fantastic precursor to next weeks Open Championship at St. Andrews. A top class feel has assembled this week with the defending champion, Justin Rose bidding to continue his outstanding form of late. Padraig will be quietly confident with the return to links golf and will be anxious for a good showing this week as he bids for a hat trick of Open Championships. He tees off in the opening round at 9am local time with Martin Laird and Chris Wood.

I really enjoyed playing at Gullane last week. As I said at the start of the week it was my first time there and like everyone in the tournament I thought the course was great. I would have liked to have got myself into contention for the weekend but unfortunately that wasn't to be. All the times I have been in that part of Scotland and driven by Gullane I had never got to play and now after playing a tournament on the course I'm only disappointed that we aren't going back again.

My week wasn't far away from being a good one, in fact my last three holes on Sunday cost me four shots, which in turn cost me close to forty places. I finished on two under rather than six under par, due to a lost ball and a couple of careless bogeys that did it for me.

However I was happy with a lot of my play for the week, especially my driving on Friday. I managed to do something that I have never done as an amateur or a pro, which is to hit every fairway. I hit 14 out of 14 fairways and got to the stage where I was nervous on the last hole as I knew I had hit the previous 13.

The work I did with Pete early in the week, especially my footwork, really made a difference, particularly my right foot and how it moves in my downswing. When I got it right it felt so much better and easier to hit the ball hard and straight. I noticed a big difference with my driver, fairway woods and long irons and the starting line was so much better. It really gives me confidence for my game going forward.

While it wasn't the best week in terms of my finishing position I am thrilled with how I hit the ball and in particular my driving. For the most part it was very good, there were a few lose ones in there, which was down to my old footwork, but mostly it was good.

It was certainly good practice for the Open Championship this coming week and with a few more days to work with Pete I am excited about the week ahead.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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