Bristish Masters supported by Sky Sports.
Final round of one under par 70 sees Padraig finish at three under par and in a tie for 38th place. He again got off to a slow start with a dropped shot on the par four second hole but reeled off three birdies in a row to be out in two under par. He added another one on the 12th hole but a double bogie on the par four 13th hole destroyed his chances of a low round.
Third round for Padriag of two over par was a mixed bag to say the least, on a day when he also putted very poorly. He got off to the perfect start with a birdie three on the first hole but two double bogies on the 5th and 10th holes made the day a struggle. To his credit he rallied well with three birdies in the last four holes but it was a day to forget!
Padraig follows his opening round with a one over par 72 but it could have been worse as he got off to a woeful start. Three dropped shots in his opening four holes saw him struggling from the outset but to his credit he picked up two shots to be out in one over par. He swopped a birdie and a bogie on the way home to finish at four under par. Nine under par leads going into the weekend. Padraig tees off at 10.50am local time in the third round.
Superb opening round for Padraig around Woburn as he shoots a five under par round of 66 which leaves him only trailing by two shots going into Friday. He got off to the perfect start with a birdie three on the first hole and added two more before dropping his only shot of the day at the par four 9th hole where he found the trees off the tee. Undeterred, he hit back with three birdies in four holes on the back nine to leave himself nicely placed with an early 8.30am start in the second round.
Padraig is at one of the spiritual homes of British golf, Woburn GC, for this weeks British Masters supported by Sky Sports. Ian Poulter is the host this week as a who's who of European golf have turned up to support the renewal of this famous event. He tees off late Thursday at 12.50pm local time with Robert Karlsson and Ross Fisher.
This week I am in Woburn for the British Masters. I came down from Scotland on Sunday night and on the flight I arranged a match for Monday, which was Andriy Shevchenko and myself against Ronan and Ross Desmond. We had a great day which was made all the better by the fact that Andriy and myself came back from three down with four to play to win the match by a margin of one up. The two lads were sick, whilst Andriy and myself were high fiving and rubbing it in!
On Tuesday I played 14 holes with Damien McGrane. I hadn't played the Marquis course at Woburn before so it was nice to get out and see it. It's very wet but in great condition. It's also playing long as there is no run on the ball and the greens are spinning so you have to pitch everything up to the hole. I love the layout and the fact that the course is tree lined, I only wish we could play courses like this every week. Damien and myself had a good laugh going around, he's always good entertainment.
I spent a bit of time with Pete on Tuesday working on my takeaway. I have always squated when I take the club away which causes me to lose my posture a bit so I want to correct it. It's not a hard thing to do but it is a tricky one as I have done it for so long. We agreed that it is definitely worth getting rid of it and that I might as well bite the bullet. It is something that I have to stick to and get through the pain of doing it.
On Wednesday I played the pro-am with AP McCoy, Allan Lamb and Kevin Peterson, which was the most enjoyable pro-am of the year. The guys were great to play with and all wanted to win, which we did in style, winning by four. We had great "craic" out there and we're all encouraged by AP to keep us going - he may well have retired but he still knows how to use the whip. I played very nicely and putted well, probably out of fear of having AP or Kevin telling me off.
After the pro-am I did some putting practice. All I was thinking about was getting out of my own way, not trying to be so perfect with the line and alignment. It felt good and the ball was rolling great. I holed a few putts in the pro-am and the practice went well which is always good. Anytime you have good thoughts and memories in your head is good.
I am late off in the first round with Robert Karlsson and Ross Fisher. I'm looking forward to playing as I really like the course and am hitting the ball well.