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.

Wyndham Championship

Entry Date:
Aug 16, 2017

It turned out to be a funny week for me. As I was saying in my preview, I was struggling with my game, however, I managed to get it around in the first two rounds to make the cut on six under par. It didn't feel great, but in terms of scoring it was good. I hit a lot of balls during the practice days and after my round on Friday. So much so that by Friday evening I was very happy with how I was hitting it and feeling good about the weekend.

Then I went out on Saturday feeling confident but scored terribly. It was like during my early career when I would spend time on the range on a Saturday evening working on something and then perform poorly the next day. This week was the same and I could see it on the course. I was mentally tired and over-confident and even though I struck the ball better on Saturday, I scored badly and ended up missing the three round cut.

The problem for the week was that I needed to do the work I did, but the fact that it was so hot all caught up on me by Saturday. It was a good reminder for me that it doesn?t work for me.

The last two weeks were disappointing for me as they were the first weeks for a long time that I didn?t hit the ball well. My game has been in very good shape and so I was feeling good coming into the run of events. So to miss two of the three cuts was very disappointing and as result my season has finished on the PGA Tour and I will be watching the Playoffs at home. I am a little disappointed, but not as much as other years as I missed a lot of the season due to my injury. While I finished outside of the top-125, I am hoping for a Medical Exemption to allow me the chance to play some events and get inside the 125 and keep my card.

However the good thing is that I did manage to get my ball striking sorted out, but unfortunately I will have a few weeks off before I play again. For now it?s some time at home with Caroline and the kids.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

This week I'm in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the Wyndham Championship, which is the last counting event to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. As it stands I am lying down in the 190's and would need to finish 1st or 2nd in order to qualify for the first play-off event. I'm well outside this year because I missed a lot of tournaments due to my injury.

I've been working on my game since I got here. Last week was the first week for a long time that I wasn't happy with how I hit the ball, but over the three days of practise I've hit a lot of balls trying to get rid of my shots going left. I've tried a number of things and they all seem to work for a little while but nothing seems to have solved the problem.

I played the Wednesday pro-am and then after it spent a few hours on the range hitting balls. It's been a while since I have felt like I have had to hit as many balls. By the end of the session my hands were aching, so much so I had to put them in a bucket of ice to easy the pain! At the end I think I may have come up with a solution but I won't know until the first round.

It's frustrating to be hitting it as I am when I am in need a big week, especially as most holes have out of bounds on both sides and so you would like to be on top of your game.

I've played here a few times but never really had much success. Maybe this year with low expectations after how my practice went I might surprise myself! You never know in this game....

I will have to be quite conservative with my shot selection until I can see if all my practice has paid off and play my way into the tournament. I am playing late on Thursday and early on Friday.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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