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.

BMW PGA Championship

Entry Date:
May 22, 2018

BMW PGA Championship
Much improved performance by Padraig at Wentworth as he shoots a two under par round of 70. He recorded five birdies after a dropped shot at the first but yet again, a double bogie six on the par four, 16th hole, took the shine off an otherwise excellent round of golf!

Disappointing opening round of six over par 78 for Padraig at the BMW PGA Championship. He got off to a level par start before a horror run left him six over par at the turn. He responded well on the back nine with three birdies but a double bogie six on the tough par four, 15th hole, put paid to any chance of salvaging the round. He tees off late Friday at 12.40pm local time with work to do!

Padraig is back on the European Tour for the start of the prestigious, Rolex Series. The first event of the eight tournaments is the BMW PGA Championship which will be held at the famous West Course at Wentworth in Surrey, England. A who's who of European golfers will participate this week with Alex Noreen attempting to defend his title. He ploughed through the field last year with a closing course record 62 so low scores are available on the heavily tree lined course. There is a whopping minimum seven million dollar prize fund for each event culminating in the season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Padraig tees off early in the opening round at 8.15am with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Ross Fisher!

This week I'm in Wentworth, near London, for the BMW PGA Championship. I arrived from Dallas on Monday afternoon. As it's my first event in Europe this year I had a number of commitments penciled in for the week, but as I got in a bit earlier than I expected on Monday, I went to the course for a couple of hours and got a few of the things done and also a bit of putting practice.

On Tuesday I was tied up for most of the day with my announcement as one of Thomas Bjorn's Ryder Cup Vice Captains. It's great to be involved again and I'm looking forward to helping Thomas in any way I can. I got some practice done before the announcement and then some afterwards but I never got out on to the course.

On Wednesday I played the afternoon pro-am with AP McCoy, Keith Wood and Brian O'Driscoll. We had great craic, but unfortunately we didn't do any good.

The course is in great shape and the greens are good and firm. It's a much tougher test around the greens nowadays than it used to be. The changes they made before last year have settled in now and have dramatically improved the course. It is now a tough test and you have to play well from tee to green to score well. If you miss greens it's hard to get the ball up and down so the only way to score here nowadays is to hit fairways and greens.

I'm playing with Ross Fisher and Rafa Caberra Bello at 8.15am on Thursday morning and then 12.40pm on Friday afternoon. It hasn't been my favourite course over the years but I'm looking forward to getting out and improving my record here.

Talk soon, Padraig.