ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 15: Padraig and his son Paddy Harrington pose for a photo on the 10th tee during the second round of the PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on December 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Manuela Davies/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.

PNC Father/Son Challenge

Entry Date:
Dec 16, 2017

My 2017 season is officially over. It finished a little later than in recent years because Paddy wanted to play in the PNC Father Son Challenge.

I've been a professional since 1995 and have had a number of great times on the golf course, but I have to say that last week beats them all. I am a very proud Dad! Paddy put himself under the microscope and he came through with flying colours. I couldn't be more proud of him for what he did and how he did it. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have been able to step outside my comfort zone like he did when I was 14.

As well as being proud I had a great time out there with him. We had good fun playing together and with our playing partners, the Normans and Leonards. Both teams were great to play with as they were very supportive of Paddy. When we committed to playing a few months ago, I was told how much fun it was going to be and it didn't disappoint. To be out there competing with Paddy was great and one of the best parts was to see him trying hard and wanting to do well. He's definitely a chip off the old block!

It was one of the more stressful weeks for me on a golf course. Not because of my game or my expectations but because like all parents you want your child to do well. However once we got a few holes behind us it abated. Paddy was more at ease and we just had a laugh.

In terms of my game I hit the ball very well on Saturday and not quite as well on Sunday but overall I was happy, especially as I had been practicing hard for the previous two weeks. What I saw gave me confidence in what I am working on and has me looking forward to competing again next year.

For now though I look forward to my off-season and more importantly enjoy being a proud Dad.

Talk soon,

I'm in Orlando for my final event of the year, The PNC Father and Son. However this week is not about me, it's all about Paddy. It's something I have wanted to play in since Paddy was born and we are here for our first time at his bequest. His friend, Ethan (who is caddying for him), asked him back in January why he didn't play in it, so Paddy said he wanted to play.

Golf is not Paddy's number one sport but since we committed to playing here back in July he has put a lot of effort into getting ready for this week. As you can imagine, as the week got closer he became a little anxious. There's been moments of panic and stress and that's just me! He is still quite raw, he can hit a good shot or a bad shot but the main thing is that he looks good. I have to say this will be the most stress I've felt on the golf course for a long time, if not ever! We have played two pro-ams so far and when Paddy was teeing off on his first hole I was nervous and then so proud when he hit a good drive.

We have had a great few days already and the tournament hasn't even started yet. It's been good fun having Paddy out on the course and watching him play. I don?t think I have ever been less interested in my own game when I have been at a tournament.

I remember playing in Father and Son events with my Dad when I was younger and how much fun I had as the son, but now I get to be the dad and help guide Paddy around. I'm excited and really looking forward to competing with Paddy this week but more importantly to having fun with him. We are drawn to play the first round with the Normans. It's a great draw for us as both Greg's are good guys and I know they will make Paddy feel at ease out there.

Talk soon,