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.

Honda Classic

Entry Date:
Feb 20, 2018

It was a very disappointing week for me. Having won on the PGA National course in 2015, I was going there looking forward to playing four rounds, but going home early was not in my plan. What was most disappointing was that I drove the ball well for the two days. In my first round I only missed two fairways, but I would never have thought that I would shoot six over par having hit so many. My iron play was poor and cost me a couple of bad holes. In the second round I had a bad day on the greens, with three 3 putts, as well as three water balls. Not what you want when you need to shoot under par to make the cut.

However, the positive that I am taking away from the week is how well I drove the ball in terms of fairways hit and also my ball speed. On Thursday my ball speed on the 3rd hole (where they record it for Tour purposes) was 175 mph and on Friday it was 178 mph, which was the fastest that I have had recorded in a tournament. While my iron play was poor, I know that if I continue to drive the ball like that then I will have a good season. Last week was just a bad week with my irons and not something that I have to worry about long term. My three putts on Friday were also just a bad day on the greens and I remain very happy with my putting. My short putting is very good; I would actually say it is better than it ever has been. I know it seems funny to be so positive considering I missed the cut by so much but there were a lot of good signs for me. For example, I am also delighted with my new Titleist ProV1 golf ball. I am finding it easier to chip with - I am hitting my spot on the green with ease now and I am back to having to hit my flop shots hard to get them to the hole.

The first few weeks isn't the start to the season that I had planned but I am feeling good about the rest of my season. One of the things that I have to do to make sure that I perform well for the rest of the year is to practice better. I have to get myself to do more 'tournament like' practice. I did a lot of this in 2012 and it was my best ever ball striking year, had I not had a poor time on the greens then it could well have been my best ever year on the course. I am happy with the few things that I am working on in my swing, which allows me to get out on the course to play more and do my work out there, otherwise I end up on the range looking for something to work on. I am committed to practicing properly as I know that it will make the difference for me.

The only good thing about missing the cut was that I returned home a couple of days early to see everyone. I had been away for 5 weeks so as you can imagine it was great getting back home, especially as I was looking forward to a good cup of tea and some toast since I left.

I'll be starting my new practice regime this week so that I am ready to play next week in Tampa.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

Honda Classic.
Padraig adds another 76 to his opening round at the Honda Classic to miss the cut at a very high looking four over par but in reality on a very tough golf course where the wind played a factor. He got off to an early birdie start at the second hole, where he hit a great fairway bunker shot to 13 feet, but four bogies and two double bogies made it an error strewn day. The "Bear Trap" cost him three shots each day and overall it was a struggle. He now has a couple of weeks off before returning to play!

Poor opening round for Padraig at the Honda Classic as he shoots a six over par round of 76. He got off to a steady start with three opening pars around this tough lay out but a double bogie six, on the par four 4th hole, where he found trouble with his second shot, laid the foundation for the day. He hit back immediately with a deuce on the 5th hole but another droppped shot on the 7th, had him out in two over par. His back nine included a bogie, and a triple bogie seven, on the water enclosed 16th hole, to cap off a day to forget! He tees off Friday at 7.45am local time

Padraig returns to one of his favourite events on tour, the Honda Classic. He won the event in 2015, after beating the up and coming star, Daniel Berger, in a playoff! The event is played at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, known as PGA National, and is famous for the closing holes called the "Bear Trap", in honour of Jack Nicklaus! With water lurking everywhere, this is a tough course and disaster awaits poor shots. Your defending champion this week is Rickie Fowler! Padraig tees off at 12.35pm local time with past winners, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

It was a very disappointing week for me. Having won on the PGA National course in 2015, I was going there looking forward to playing four rounds, but going home early was not in my plan. What was most disappointing was that I drove the ball well for the two days. In my first round I only missed two fairways, but I would never have thought that I would shoot six over par having hit so many. My iron play was poor and cost me a couple of bad holes. In the second round I had a bad day on the greens, with three 3 putts, as well as three water balls. Not what you want when you need to shoot under par to make the cut.

However, the positive that I am taking away from the week is how well I drove the ball in terms of fairways hit and also my ball speed. On Thursday my ball speed on the 3rd hole (where they record it for Tour purposes) was 175 mph and on Friday it was 178 mph, which was the fastest that I have had recorded in a tournament. While my iron play was poor, I know that if I continue to drive the ball like that then I will have a good season. Last week was just a bad week with my irons and not something that I have to worry about long term. My three putts on Friday were also just a bad day on the greens and I remain very happy with my putting. My short putting is very good; I would actually say it is better than it ever has been. I know it seems funny to be so positive considering I missed the cut by so much but there were a lot of good signs for me. For example, I am also delighted with my new Titleist ProV1 golf ball. I am finding it easier to chip with - I am hitting my spot on the green with ease now and I am back to having to hit my flop shots hard to get them to the hole.

The first few weeks isn't the start to the season that I had planned but I am feeling good about the rest of my season. One of the things that I have to do to make sure that I perform well for the rest of the year is to practice better. I have to get myself to do more 'tournament like' practice. I did a lot of this in 2012 and it was my best ever ball striking year, had I not had a poor time on the greens then it could well have been my best ever year on the course. I am happy with the few things that I am working on in my swing, which allows me to get out on the course to play more and do my work out there, otherwise I end up on the range looking for something to work on. I am committed to practicing properly as I know that it will make the difference for me.

The only good thing about missing the cut was that I returned home a couple of days early to see everyone. I had been away for 5 weeks so as you can imagine it was great getting back home, especially as I was looking forward to a good cup of tea and some toast since I left.

I'll be starting my new practice regime this week so that I am ready to play next week in Tampa.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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