ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 03: Padraig Harrington of Ireland drives off the 18th tee during the third round of the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 3, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
The Dunhill Links is one of my favourite tournaments of the year so to go there and miss the cut is extremely disappointing. In the past I have performed well in both the individual and the team event with JP, but this year it was a missed cut in both. It is always disappointing to miss a cut but it is even more so when you are playing with a partner - it feels worse when there is a team involved.
I shot one under for the three rounds and missed the cut by five shots. Considering that we played in the best possible conditions, one under par actually felt like many over par. The weather was the best we have ever had and made the courses play as easy as they possibly can. There is no doubt that I would have preferred some wind as I feel that I have an advantage in windy conditions, especially on a links course.
I arrived very happy and confident with my game; I don't feel that I played badly but, like most of my season, I am not scoring well. When I hit a good shot it finished 15 to 20 feet away and I ended up missing the putt. And when I missed a green I was not getting up and down as much as I should. I was just not getting any momentum going, if anything was the opposite. I'm not making enough birdies and then I'm not making the putts to keep my round going. It can be quite frustrating as it is not from the lack of trying, in actual fact I am probably trying too hard.
I never got anything going last week and so I always felt that I was playing catch up. I was trying to make birdies happen and when you are doing this you tend to try to force things and invariably they don't happen. It was annoying to be watching the golf on Sunday rather than playing, but I am not getting down about it as I know that if I keep doing the right things then it will turn around.
I did some practice on Sunday and then took it easy for the rest of the day before traveling to London for The British Masters in Woburn. I will be continuing to do what I am doing and not try too hard as I know that I am not too far away from having a good week and kicking on.
This week I am playing in one of my favourite tournaments of the year, the Dunhill Links Championship. I look forward to this week every year as we play three great courses in a format that I love. As always I am playing with JP - we have won it twice and would like nothing more than to add a third title.
I was at home last week, relaxing and practicing. I played a game at Portmarnock GC on Friday, where Ronan and myself took on Noel Fox and Jody Fanagan. We were hammered by them but it was good fun and nice to get out playing some links golf before coming over here.
I got in on Monday evening and played nine holes at St Andrews on Tuesday and eighteen at Kingsbarns on Wednesday. Over both days I played with Kieran McManus, Cian Foley, JP and Gerry McManus. We always play and have some good competitive matches which I look forward to as much as I do the tournament. This year we are experiencing a heatwave here - everyday so far has been like a summer's day and the forecast for the rest of the week is similar. Everyone brought their winter woollies but it looks like we will be playing in t-shirts.
I haven't played Carnoustie but the other two courses are in great shape. I've hit a few balls with Pete Cowan for him to have a look over what I was doing and all is good. I've played nicely in practice and more importantly feel good about my putting. The work I did at home is feeling good and I am continuing with my confident attitude. I'm really looking forward to getting started.
We got the dream draw this week in that we first play Carnoustie, followed by Kingsbarns and St Andrews. We get the traveling over by Friday, but now we just need to get ourselves into contention for Sunday evening.