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.

Travelers Championship

Entry Date:
Jun 21, 2017

The Travelers Championship.
Padraig signs off with a final round of two under par 68 to finish in tied 17th place at the Travellers Championship. He got off to a terrible start with two dropped shots in his opening four holes but rallied well to birdie the 7th and 8th holes to turn in level par. He added three more birdies on the back nine and one dropped shot on the par four 12th hole where he three putted but the hallmark of the day was three two's on the par threes which was very pleasing. He now has a run of events back in Europe and will be eagerly looking forward to the Irish Open and the Open itself at Royal Birkdale, the scene of his last Major win in 2008.

Third round of 71 leaves Padraig with work to do Sunday to get back in the top ten for the tournament. He got off to a slow start with two bogies cancelling out two birdies and turned in level par. He started back with three pars but three didn't record another par until the 18th hole as he mixed bogies and birdies to sign for a one over par total. He is four under par for the tournament and twelve under par leads. He tees off Sunday at 12.10pm local time.

Another solid round from Padraig as he shoots a 69 to leave himself at five under par and only three behind going into the weekend at the Travelers Championship. He was out in level par after swapping a birdie and a bogie and was rock steady coming home with eight pars and a lone birdie on the par four 12th hole where he holed a twelve foot putt. He is in tied 8th place and tees off at 12.25pm local time. All to play for!

Padraig makes a pleasing return to competition after injury with fine round of four under par 66 to open his account at the Travelers Championship. Starting on the back nine, he recorded just one birdie on the par five 13th hole where he two putted for birdie. Along with eight pars he turned in 34 shots. His round then took off as he recorded three more birdies and most pleasing, no bogies! He tees off Friday at 12.40pm local time!

Padraig returns to the USPGA tour after his injury layoff with a visit to an historic course, TPC River Highlands, which hosts the Travellers Championship. The course, dating back to 1928, is a firm players favourite and plays to 6,841 yards and to a par of 70. Pete Dye did a complete over haul of the course back in 1982 and it has been improved since with a water laden finish as holes 15 through 17 play around a lake. It is also, of course, famous for the lowest round in PGA Tour history, a 58 from Jim Furyk last year. Padraig tees off at 7.40am local time with Emiliano Grillo and Hudson Swafford.

It's been a funny year for me so far, having played a total of 21 competitive rounds. After going through my career to date with no real injuries, they have come thick and fast this year, but thankfully they have all healed now. My neck is great and I have had no problems from the day I came out of hospital. My elbow is fine now - I had the stitches out on Sunday and there is only a small mark. In actual fact it is so small it is almost embarrassing! It is still sore as the bone is bruised, but in terms of playing golf it is fine. Now the main thing is to stay injury free for the rest of the year and get my season going.

Having got back playing from my disc replacement and feeling good about things, it was disappointing to pick up my elbow injury, although I was lucky that it wasn't broken as it would pretty much have ended my career. So, after another two weeks off I am back in action and it feels like I'm starting my season for the third time!

After the Memorial Tournament I was feeling positive about things, I knew what I had to work on and had a good feel for where my game was. However, this week I'm back to where I was at Wentworth, not being sure what to expect. I played 15 holes on Tuesday and then 18 in the pro-am on Wednesday. I wanted to get on the course rather than hitting balls, as I needed to see my game with one ball. I'm a little unsure as to what to expect in the first round as I haven't played enough. When I finished the pro-am I did a small bit of practice and left it at that until I can see what my first round is like. I was a little flat in the pro-am but I know from experience that it will be different once the tournament starts. The positive from the pro-am was that my putting was very good - I had 13 single putts in a row.

It's a strange feeling to be so far into the season, but yet it feels like it is only just beginning. The good thing about it is that I am fresh and all I need is to get some competitive rounds under my belt.

I'm playing early on Thursday and late on Friday. I'm not sure what to expect, which at times can be good as no expectations can often help you play better. At least that's what I'm hoping for.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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