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.

BMW PGA Championship

Entry Date:
May 24, 2017

It was a disappointing first week back. Missing the cut is always sore but to miss by one after bogeying the last is painful! I had managed to fight back to 2 over par after birdies on the 16th and 17th and when I stood on the 18th tee I was 2 over par and the cut was at 3 over. I hit driver and pulled it left up against a fence so was only able to chip out and then had to lay up. In the end I made a bogey to finish on 3 over. When I holed out I thought I had made the cut but by the time I got to the recorders hut it had moved back to 2 over. I was gutted when I saw it and unfortunately I knew that there weren't enough players still to finish to help get me within the cut mark.

I was extremely disappointed to miss out on the weekend as I really wanted to get some tournament rounds under my belt. However I was happy with how my I felt in terms of my neck - I was tired but no pain or issues.

I wasn't unhappy with how I played. There was definitely some rustiness but there were a lot of good signs. I hit a lot of very good shots, some ropey ones and a lot of solid ones. Over the two rounds I missed a lot of putts - it wasn't that I putted badly, just that they didn't go in. It gives me a lot of confidence when I look back and see the number of shots I left behind out of rustiness. As I get a few competitive rounds under my belt and eliminate the silly mistakes, I will be fine.

The only good thing about missing the cut is that I got to play the two courses at Walton Heath as practice for US Open Qualifying. I'd rather have been playing at Wentworth but when I wasn't it was a good second best. I have played the US Open Qualifier for the last couple of years now and so know the courses but it is always good to get a look at them before the tournament.

I'm playing at 7.27am and 12.27pm with Nicolas Colesarts. I'm feeling good and know that if I can reduce the mistakes I have a great chance of qualifying.

Talk soon, Padraig.

I'm back this week for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. This is my first tournament since the last week of February and I have to say I'm feeling it! I've been back hitting balls for just over two weeks now and so far so good. I haven't had any issues with my neck, in fact for the first few days back it was the only part of me that wasn't aching!

I've been watching a lot of golf on the TV, which is hard as you want to be out there, so to be here now and ready to get into action is great. I'm in need of playing rounds of golf and getting away from the range, so as the first round draws closer I find myself wishing I had played more! However I have the experience to realise that I really won't know what my game is like until I get going in the tournament. In practice this week it's been up and down - I've hit some lovely shots and some poor shots. I find myself distracted by my routines as I haven't been playing and no matter how much I practice them on the range it's not the same as the golf course. The pro-am highlighted this and the only solution to it is to get out and play tournament golf.

I had a great pro-am team this week in AP McCoy, Mick Fitzgerald and Brian O'Driscoll. We had great craic out there but unfortunately we couldn't manage to pull off a victory, although I can assure you it wasn't from the lack of trying.

One of the reasons that I decided to start back this week was because of the changes that have been made to the course. I have heard great things about them over the last few months and it got me excited about playing here. On Tuesday I played 12 holes with Shane and Paul Dunne, which was my first view of the course. I have to say that the team put together to do the design did a great job. It's is back to its old best and it's a course that people want to play again. It has been made easier in some ways but I suppose much more in keeping with its original design. There have been a number of bunkers taken out and a lot of the greens have had the severe slopes reduced, so it is a much more playable course now and if they want to toughen it up then they can tuck the pins away. I enjoyed playing the course on both Tuesday and Wednesday and I am looking forward to getting going in the first round. On the face of it I would say the scoring should be better than what it has been for the last few years as the bunkering is less penal and the greens are pure - I would expect to see slot of putts holed.

I haven't gone mad on practice this week as I am waiting to see what comes out in the tournament - until I see how I play I don't really know what needs work and what doesn't. I'm excited about being back and as always after a long break, apprehensive about how I will play.

I'm playing at 8.55am in the first round with Paul Lawrie and Thongchai Jaidee - the old guys group!!

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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