SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 31: Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays a shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 31, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/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.

PGA Championship

Entry Date:
Jul 25, 2016

I have felt good about my game for a while now and over the last few weeks have seen some very good signs, even if my finishes were not as high as I would have hoped for. The PGA Championship was another good week after getting myself on the fringe of contention for the last day. Coming away from the week I am happy as I felt that my overall game, especially my putting and most importantly my mental game, we're all good. Over the last two to three weeks I have really got to grips with the mental side and feel that it has freed me up so much. The chats I had with Bob Rotella at the Open and then again at the PGA, have made such a difference.

Baltusrol not unlike Troon, is a very fair course, neither were tricked up nor had anything funny about them. If you played well then you scored well, simple as that. Certainly last week you could have got away with only playing one practice round as the it was so fair and all there in front of you. The toughest part of the course was the greens; there was quite a lot of slope on them and so it was hard to hole putts, but the course was set up so well that you felt like you should be shooting a low score everyday.

I shot rounds of 71, 70, 65 and 68 to be six under par. The funny things is that I played my best golf on Thursday when I shot one over. What a funny game this is! The other funny thing about this level nowadays, is that I was close to going home on Friday! I was one over par with two holes to play and at that stage the cut was one over. I ended up holing two five footers on the last two greens to make the cut. It's such a fine line out here!

I am coming away from the week feeling very excited about the rest of my season. I have given myself the goal of getting into contention in my majors over the season - The Open, PGA and the Olympics and while I was only on the fringe of contention at the PGA, I am hoping that I will strongly contend at the Olympics, as I'd love to have a chance to win the Gold Medal. The great thing about last week for me was that I played Sunday under a bit of pressure, but I played well and hit the shots when I had to, which gives me great confidence knowing that it is still there when ?under the gun?. Over the week and especially the weekend, my game held up very well and my putting, which I have had some issues with over the past few years, was very good.

When I finished I had hoped that my score would be good enough for a top-ten finish, which would have got me inside the top-125 in the FedEx Cup, but unfortunately I slipped back to tied 13th. However I am still very happy with how the week went and how I preformed on Sunday. I hit a lot of very good shots and I felt good all week.

It was strange for me to be finished so early on Sunday considering that I was high enough up the leaderboard, but there was no redraw for the final round to make sure that we got finished on Sunday. However, I did at least get to sit down and watch it. It was a great performance by Jimmy Walker and a well deserved win.

I have another week to get myself into the top-125 and also to get ready for the Olympics. I'm now off to Hartford for the Travelers Championship, heading there feeling very good about my game and looking forward to getting into contention again.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

PGA Championship.
Padraig shoots a rock solid final round of two under par 68 to finish at six under par and in a tie for 13th place at the final Major of the year, the PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker won the event with a fourteen under par total. Padraig got off to a solid start and covered the front nine in two under par with a couple of birdies on the 3rd and 5th holes. He dropped his only shot of the day at the par four 10th hole where he found the rough. He continued to play solidly and birdied the par five 17th hole to complete his best finish at a Major in quite a while. He now heads for the Olympics full of confidence and hoping to represent his country with a winning performance!

Padraig rolls back the years with a superb display of golf as he shoots a five under par round of 66 to slice through the field and up into a top ten spot. Five birdies and no dropped shots were the order of the day as some stellar play got rewarded with a few nice putts holed. A severe rain delay has meant most of the field have to complete or even start their third rounds on Sunday, so Padraig will have a full day of rest and a Monday finish looks inevitable. The last time Padraig got finished early in the PGA Championship was 2008!

Level par round of 70 sees Padraig safely into the weekend at Baltusrol. Nine under par leads. Starting on the back nine, he swapped two bogies with two birdies to be out in level par, then picked up a shot at the third hole as he holed a monster putt but gave it back on the par four 7th hole where he found the heavy rough twice. He tees off 9.15am local time with Danny Willett.

Padraig opens with a a one over par round of 71 at the last major of the year, The PGA Championship. He got off to a nice start when he holed an eight footer for birdie on the second hole but found water on the par three forth hole to give back two shots. He steadied the ship with a twenty footer on the 8th hole to get back to level par but three putted the 9th from the fringe to be out in 35 shots. He swapped a birdie with a bogie on the 10th and 11th holes before finishing with seven straight pars. He is currently in a tie for 55th place, Jimmy Walker leads the field at five under par! Padraig tees off Friday late at 1.05pm from the 10th tee.

Padraig is back on the PGA tour at the site of the last major of the year, the PGA Championship. It is being played at the iconic Baltusrol course in Springfield, New Jersey, a layout that regularly features in the top 100 best course lists in America. It is an old school golf course with tree lined fairways, water and heavy rough to defend a very picturesque setting. World number one, Jason Day, is the defending champion this week in a star studded field. Padraig tees off at 7.50am Thursday with Vijay Singh and John Daly, all three being former winners of this event.

I have felt good about my game for a while now and over the last few weeks have seen some very good signs, even if my finishes were not as high as I would have hoped for. The PGA Championship was another good week after getting myself on the fringe of contention for the last day. Coming away from the week I am happy as I felt that my overall game, especially my putting and most importantly my mental game, we're all good. Over the last two to three weeks I have really got to grips with the mental side and feel that it has freed me up so much. The chats I had with Bob Rotella at the Open and then again at the PGA, have made such a difference.

Baltusrol not unlike Troon, is a very fair course, neither were tricked up nor had anything funny about them. If you played well then you scored well, simple as that. Certainly last week you could have got away with only playing one practice round as the it was so fair and all there in front of you. The toughest part of the course was the greens; there was quite a lot of slope on them and so it was hard to hole putts, but the course was set up so well that you felt like you should be shooting a low score everyday.

I shot rounds of 71, 70, 65 and 68 to be six under par. The funny things is that I played my best golf on Thursday when I shot one over. What a funny game this is! The other funny thing about this level nowadays, is that I was close to going home on Friday! I was one over par with two holes to play and at that stage the cut was one over. I ended up holing two five footers on the last two greens to make the cut. It's such a fine line out here!

I am coming away from the week feeling very excited about the rest of my season. I have given myself the goal of getting into contention in my majors over the season - The Open, PGA and the Olympics and while I was only on the fringe of contention at the PGA, I am hoping that I will strongly contend at the Olympics, as I'd love to have a chance to win the Gold Medal. The great thing about last week for me was that I played Sunday under a bit of pressure, but I played well and hit the shots when I had to, which gives me great confidence knowing that it is still there when ?under the gun?. Over the week and especially the weekend, my game held up very well and my putting, which I have had some issues with over the past few years, was very good.

When I finished I had hoped that my score would be good enough for a top-ten finish, which would have got me inside the top-125 in the FedEx Cup, but unfortunately I slipped back to tied 13th. However I am still very happy with how the week went and how I preformed on Sunday. I hit a lot of very good shots and I felt good all week.

It was strange for me to be finished so early on Sunday considering that I was high enough up the leaderboard, but there was no redraw for the final round to make sure that we got finished on Sunday. However, I did at least get to sit down and watch it. It was a great performance by Jimmy Walker and a well deserved win.

I have another week to get myself into the top-125 and also to get ready for the Olympics. I'm now off to Hartford for the Travelers Championship, heading there feeling very good about my game and looking forward to getting into contention again.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

ARCHIVE NEWS