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.

RSM Classic

Entry Date:
Nov 16, 2017

My week was one of what could have been. I was very close to having a good week but a few holes put paid to that. In my first round I was three under par playing the last hole, an easy par 5, but I took a double bogey. I went from looking at being in the top-15 after round one to being outside what would have been the cut mark.

My second round of three under was an up and down one too. I dropped a couple of shots early on to be three shots outside the cut mark and then rallied back with four birdies in five holes. In the end I made seven birdies and four bogeys to shoot three under. A couple of times I went from inside the cut, to missing it, to making it. There was a bit of stress that day.

Saturday was my worst day. The conditions were good for golf but I had a bad day on the course. It was one of those days when things went wrong for me. When I hit an average shot it ended up in a bad spot and even some good shots got unlucky and finished poorly. The hole that put an end to my day really was the 18th, my ninth. I drove it in the fairway bunker and then took two to get out, ultimately costing me a double bogey. No matter what I tried coming in, I wasn?t able to make up the lost shots.

However, my final round of the Tour season was a lot better. I played solidly and shot a bogey free 66, four under par, which was all pretty stress free. It was a tough day for golf as the wind was blowing, which made it more satisfying. I hit the ball well and gave myself a few good chances, which was a nice way to finish the year. The score didn't do a huge amount for me in terms of FedEx Cup points as I only moved from 72nd to 54th position for the tournament.

Normally I am looking forward to my winter break, but this year I wouldn't mind if there were a couple more tournaments. I feel my game is in good shape and that I could have a good week any week I tee it up. However I know that the break will do me good, especially after my injury earlier in the year.

It wasn't the season that I had hoped for but a lot of this is down to missing tournaments because of my operation. I'm very happy with what I saw over the last few weeks and I?m excited about next season. I have a few things that I will be working on over the winter but, in general, I am happy with my swing and how I am hitting the ball.

All that is left for me is the PNC Father/Son Challenge in a few weeks time with Paddy. It?s our first time playing in it and we are both very excited to be involved. I?ll be taking it easy and I reckon Paddy may hit more practise balls than me before then!

Talk soon,

After a long trip I finally made it to Sea Island for this week's RSM Classic. I flew from Johannesburg to Atlanta, which was 16 hours in the air. It wasn't too bad as I was tired getting on the plane and slept for 12 hours and then watched a couple of movies. However the highlight was after my two hours in the Immigration queue - there was a Fiveguys in Atlanta airport and there is no better breakfast! In the end I got to the course and was able to do a bit of chipping and putting on Monday. It's hard to believe I had been in South Africa on Sunday and then hitting putts here on Monday afternoon.

I played here back in 2014 when it was just one course. Now they play it over two courses, the Seaside and Plantation courses. It makes it a bit tougher to have to get out and play the new course and practice on the one I have played before, but luckily I'm in the pro-am on the Plantation course which is the one I haven't played. With this in mind I played the Seaside course with Seamus Power early on Tuesday morning so that we could watch the football in the afternoon. The wind blew pretty strong which made it play a lot harder than I remembered it. It felt like a links wind out there at times. The condition of the course was brilliant and it could well be the best conditioned course of the year.

It was good to play with Seamus as I haven't seen him for a while and we had good craic. I was happy with how I hit the ball which made it a lot easier to finish up early and go to watch the Ireland v Denmark football match.

Unfortunately we didn't get the result we were looking for and like every Irish person, I was gutted. I feel for the players as it is so tough to get that close and then to miss out at the end.

On Wednesday I played the morning pro-am on the Plantation course. It is quite different to the Seaside course but is still a good test. The greens are small and surrounded by rough. If you miss the greens it is tough to get the ball close to the hole. That said if you hit the greens then you have a decent chance for birdie. The fairways are generous enough but if you miss them then you are struggling as this rough gives you big flyers.

After the pro-am I did some practice, mainly hitting wedges and then some chipping and putting. I'm happy with what I see in my game and in some ways sorry that this is the last proper event of my season.

I'm out at 11am in the first round on the Plantation Course and the 9.50am on Friday on the Seaside Course. I'm excited about getting started and it would be nice to finish the season on a high note.

Talk soon,