TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during day two of the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links Golf Course on July 14, 2017 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Entry Date:
Jul 12, 2017

The Scottish Open was a good week and a disappointing week all in one. I have been playing well since coming back from injury and last week I put myself on top of the leaderboard after 36 holes but a poor Saturday cost me any chance of a win. However a good Sunday pushed me well up the leaderboard for a tie for 4th, which is never to be sniffed at.

I wasn't surprised to be leading after the first two rounds as I have known for a while that my game is in good shape and that I could have a big week any time soon. I gave myself the chance to have one but a tough Saturday put paid to that. The funny thing about it was that I didn't play any different to how I played on Thursday and Friday, or in actual fact, Sunday. I struggled on the greens and missed short ones for par on the 1st and 4th. In the bad conditions that we played in, it is very hard to get them back when you have given away shots. I missed a number of putts during the round but the thing that disappointed me most was the double bogey on the 15th. I missed the green left, then chipped it over the green and ended up taking 5; as bad as my putting was it was this that annoyed me the most. In the end I shot 79.

On Sunday the weather was good with a small bit of wind. I played very similar to how I played the three previous rounds and this time holed the putts. I made six birdies and no bogeys, which is always nice. When I finished I was in a tie for fourth but it looked like a lot of people would pass me as there were a lot of birdies out there. I dropped to 7th but then crept back up to 4th. It was a solid week in the end that could have been a lot better.

I'm very happy with how my game is and I am feeling good about things heading to The Open Championship. It would have been nice to have been in contention on Sunday but I saw enough good things to know that my game is in good enough shape to give the Open a run and I know that if I can get myself into contention on Sunday that I have a great chance.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

It's on to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open this week, which is the second week of the three week links golf swing. This week we are playing at Dundonald Links, which is a relatively new links course, roughly around 20 years old and it is the first time the European Tour has been here. I've played the Scottish Open since they moved it to a links and have enjoyed all the courses that we have played and it is no different this week. I played it for the first time in the pro-am today and I enjoyed the course. It is built with a tournament in mind as most holes have mounds down either side which are ideal for the crowds. I like the layout and the test it presents.

I came in late this week as I fancied a couple of days at home after the Irish Open. I travelled on Tuesday evening and played the Wednesday pro-am. I played in the Team Ireland pro-am at Luttrellstown Castle on Monday and so fancied a day?s rest at home after it. I still did some practice but didn't go mad.

My pro-am this week was about seeing the course and getting a feel for how it was playing. It's in good shape and looks like it will be a good tournament venue. I was happy with how I played - I made a few birdies and hit a lot of good shots. I also tried out a new 2-iron with next week in mind and may use it this week to see how it performs in a competitive round, but everything else is the same. I feeling good about my game and ready to play. I'm excited about the next couple of weeks as I know that I?m very close to having a big week.

I'm off late on Thursday and early on Friday, and having only come in on Tuesday evening it's a nice draw.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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