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.

Irish Open

Entry Date:
Jul 5, 2017

It was another super Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. We got all the various links conditions during the week - some wind, some rain and one glorious sunny day. Portstewart Golf Club must have looked great on television.

My Irish Open had the possibility of being a good one but it fizzled out over the weekend. I made the cut on seven under par and it should have been better. I was confident heading into the weekend but it wasn't to be.

It was great back to playing tournament golf on a links course again. Every year at this time of the season we come back to prepare for the Open and it reminds me of how great this type of golf is.

The venue was great, I had never played it before and I really enjoyed it. It needed more wind to calm the scoring down but we only got one day of it. All in all it is a good course that was set up well and so we were able to score low on it. All the players enjoyed the week and would like to come back at some stage.

My game is in good shape, although my weekend was disappointing as I only shot 2 under par. During my round on Saturday I left a lot of chances behind me on the back nine after scrambling well on the front nine and I could easily have been four better. I had a bad day on the greens in my final round - I three putted the first green, only holed two 7 footers and that was it for the day.

While it was a disappointing weekend for me I am still happy with what I am seeing. My game is in good shape and I really looking forward to the next couple of weeks.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

It's great to be back at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which is the fifth major for me. This week is always a highlight of my year and one that I look forward to every season. There's nothing better than playing in front of your home fans - I'm lucky in that pretty much everywhere I go I get good support, but nothing like I get when I play in Ireland.

This year we are playing Port Stewart; it's hard to believe but the first time that I played this course was on Monday. In all my years playing golf around Ireland I have never competed here. I had heard a lot about it and was looking forward to seeing it and it lived up to its reputation - its a good test of golf but one that gives you chances to make a score as well. The front nine is the more visually stunning as it is set in the sand dunes and you have to manoeuvre the ball around more than you do on the back nine. That said the back nine is no slouch, it may not be quite a good visually but there are some big holes on the back nine. The course is great condition; you can see that the members are proud to have the event and have made the effort to get the course is great shape. I have enjoyed my practice rounds; it's so nice to be back playing links golf again. It's only when you play it again that you realize how great it is.

I've played two practice rounds, one on Monday and then the Wednesday pro am, which we won! For me there is nothing better than having a competitive team and that's what I got on Wednesday with the Smurfit's. We managed to win by one shot!

I played nicely on Monday but not as good on Wednesday. I hit a few double crosses during the pro-am and so after the round I went to the range and hit a few drivers to sort out the problem - by the end of the session it felt good. I'm looking forward to playing the tournament as I am feeling good about my game and am interested to see how the course plays in competition.

I'm out early (8.30am) on Thursday with Miguel Angel Jiminez and Andy Sullivan. Two good guys to play with, it should be a lot of fun.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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