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.

The Memorial Tournament

Entry Date:
May 31, 2017

It was a solid week at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village last week. It is one of those weeks where I come away very happy with what I saw. The first two rounds I felt I played nicely and could have been better, then the second two rounds I reckon I got a much out of them as I could with how I played. All in all finishing 31st was not a bad week and there are a lot of good signs - I'm seeing my power returning which is great, particularly with my irons. Compared to the first few weeks of the year when I was playing injured, it is a pleasure to be hitting shots again as they are going properly. In fact it is taking a bit of time to get used to seeing my shots fly like they are supposed to.

I would say that I struggled a bit on the greens last week, although it is more to do with allowing enough break, which I?m sure is due to the lack of play. By Sunday I felt a lot more comfortable over my putts - I did miss a few short ones but held a few middle distance ones to make up for it. I did some work on it on Saturday evening and by the end of it I could see that I just wasn't giving the putts enough break. As I say, a sure sign of lack of play.

All in all I am happy with the week. It had been a while since I was there and I had forgotten how tough the course is. Jack really does a great job on designing courses - there are so many shots where you just have to ?man up? and hit a good shot. I really enjoyed the test.

The other thing I really enjoyed was the milkshakes, which are the best of the year. I enjoyed them when I was having them but I now may have to let my trousers out!!

Talk soon, Padraig.

It's only Thursday and it already feels like I've played a tournament. Having played 36 holes at Walton Heath on Monday (missing qualifying) I flew early on Tuesday to Dublin, Ohio. It's the Memorial Tournament this week, Jack Nicklaus?s event, and I played the pro-am early yesterday- I had to look around a couple of times to see where I actually was!!

I haven't been here for a good few years. It unfortunately hasn't fitted into my schedule for a while, but thankfully this year it does. This is one of the best tournaments and best courses of the year. Jack does everything right and leaves no stone unturned, right down to serving the best milkshakes of the year. Life is tough out here on tour!

The course hasn't really changed since I played last. It was a great course then and still is. It's tough but fair, if you play well you can score, but if you?re not on your game it's a hard place to get around. In the pro-am today it was windy for the back nine and it became a really tough test. The forecast is showing rain and a wind from Friday onwards, thankfully nothing like the wind we had yesterday.

It was disappointing not to qualify for the US Open but to be able to come here and have this week to look forward to has helped push any feelings of disappointment out of my mind.

I'm playing late today, 12.54, and early on Friday, 8.04. I'm excited about playing as the signs I saw in my game last week and on Monday were good. There's a bit of rustiness still but I can see some big weeks ahead.

Talk soon, Padraig.