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.

AT-T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Entry Date:
Feb 8, 2017

It was another bad week for me as I missed the cut by a few shots. I struggled from my first hole on Thursday and with the conditions so tough it was hard to get the shots back, although I did manage to get a couple back by the end of the round with birdies on the 15th and 18th to end up shooting two over par. It had a chance of been a decent score only for the fact that soon after we finished they called play for the day due to the weather.

However, I never managed to get anything going in my next two rounds to get myself near the cut - I was too inconsistent with my ball striking.

It has been a tough three weeks because of my injury. Missing the cut in both the pro and the team event last week is disappointing as I like the courses and know that if I am on form they are courses that I can contend on. It's tough to have let my amateur partner, Dermot, down as he played well enough for us to make the cut and do well if I had performed.

I am getting some tests done early this week to try and get to the bottom of my injury and to figure out what needs to be done. One of the hardest things with this injury is that I have no pain, just weakness. It's hard to give up the distance I have lost and the mental impact of it is tough to take. However I'm looking forward to getting the tests done so that I can get to the bottom of it and set out a plan to fix it.

I'm leaving disappointed with my performance, but at least knowing that I should have some more information as to what the problem is very soon.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

This week I am on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am. It's one of my favourite events of the year and the courses are a similar style to what we have at home. I normally play with JP, opposite Shane Lowry and Dermot Desmond. However this year we have a change to our normal fourball - JP is taking a rest this year and his brother Gerry is taking his place - Gerry and Shane partner each other in the Dunhill every year so are going to play together here, and Dermot and myself are playing together. We are all playing in the same fourball which is great.

The weather has been bad in this part of the world for the last few months and as a result the courses are very wet. I don't mind that as I am very happy hitting half shots to take spin off the ball - a lot of my fellow competitors are not as comfortable with this, so I look at these conditions as an advantage to me.

We travelled on Monday and Tuesday was a wash out for most of the day, although I managed to hit balls for about an hour on the evening when the rain stopped. On Wednesday I did some practice in the morning and then played 15 holes on Pebble with Shane and Gerry. We had great craic playing Wolf, well at least I did, as I won the money!!

I'm looking forward to playing as this week is always fun. It makes such a difference to be playing in the fourball we are in - it's like playing a game with friends at home.

I was happy with how I played on Wednesday - it was definitely better than last week and as each day goes by it is getting better. I can see that all I need is to get more rounds under my belt.

I am playing at 7.11am on Thursday, which is 3.11pm Irish time. We are going out early as there is supposed to be some bad weather coming in during the late morning.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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