SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 09: Padraig Harrington of Ireland poses for a picture during the Pro - Am of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player CC on November 9, 2016 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
The Nedbank Golf Challenge was a disappointing tournament for me. I went down to Sun City looking forward to a good week on the course and to push myself up the Race to Dubai rankings but unfortunately it wasn't to be.
I hit the ball poorly for most of the week and on that course you can't get away with it. If you are on your game it is a course that you can score on but when you are struggling a bit it becomes a far tougher test. I didn't have control of my ball for the first few days and it put me under pressure. A couple of times I was going for a fade and I hit a draw, then I lost a bit of confidence in my fades after that and as result I was a little unsure of what shot was coming out.
I chipped poorly during the week too. I found it very hard to judge how the ball was coming out of the lies. Normally I am pretty good at it but for some reason I wasn't sure if they were coming out quick or soft.
I had a funny week on the greens too. I hit a lot of good putts but I didn't hole many and looking back at it, I think I was under borrowing on some of my putts.
In the final round I hit the ball much better and felt good about my game until I doubled the last. I hit a lovely four iron for my second shot that came up short and then I fudged a chip before then three putting, so for the second week in a row I doubled the last hole, which is no fun as it lingers in your mind.
All in all it was a disappointing week. I'm off to Dubai for my final event of the year, so hopefully I can finish on a high note.
It's been a while since I have played in a tournament in Sun City, when it was known as the Million Dollar Challenge. This week I'm back for the second last tournament of the European Tour's Final Series. It's a different format to when I was here last, but no matter, it's still great to be here playing. I really like coming to Sun City for both tournaments and holidays - I've been a few times with the family. There is so much to do here that you can forget about the golf once you leave the course. It's not every week that you can go on a safari after your round!
I got here on Monday morning, straight from Turkey, but I've taken it easy since arriving. On Monday I spent about an hour practicing my putting and on Tuesday I did some long game practice and then spent some time on my short game and putting. I didn't play the course as I know it well and was playing in the Wednesday pro-am. We are at altitude here this week so the ball goes along way. Any of the players that normally work in yards will work in meters this week so as to save them having to do conversions on the course. course.
The pro-am was enjoyable as always and the guys I played with were good fun. We got called in from the 18th tee as there as storm around, but as we weren't contending for any silverware we decided to call it a day and not wait around to go back out. I was glad that it was Wednesday and not Thursday, as I didn't play my best. I'm not too stressed about it as I know that how I play on Wednesday normally has very little to do with Thursday. Over the years I have played great and terrible on Wednesdays and then come out on Thursday playing totally different - it's amazing what the buzz of the tournament can do for you. course.
I'm playing at 9.35 am with Tommy Fleetwood and Pablo Larazabal in the first round and looking forward to playing as I enjoy the course.