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.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Entry Date:
Jul 10, 2018

It was another poor week I'm afraid. I wasn't happy with how I was hitting it when I got to Gullane. However Pete and I got some good work done and we managed to figure out a way to get me doing what I needed to do without thinking about it. However I wasn't quite able to trust it on the course. I could see improvement on the range and I hit some lovely shots on the course, but there were plenty where I just wasn't sure what was going to come out. The disappointing thing about missing the cut is that a couple more days on the course would have helped a lot with trusting it.

The only benefit of missing the cut is that I got up to Carnoustie early. I played 18 holes on Saturday and then 14 holes on Sunday. I have to say it was great to get out and see the course when it was quiet and I was surprised at how different a course it is to the way we normally play it. It is so firm at the moment that it is like playing a totally different course.

As it was quiet I got to hit a few shots on holes that I wanted to and spent some time around the greens. I did some practice on the range as well which has helped and I could see a big improvement on the course on Sunday.

It was disappointing not to be involved in the Scottish Open over the weekend but the upside was that I got to play Carnoustie!

Talk soon,
Padraig.

After a weekend at home, where I hit a lot of balls, I'm now in Scotland for the Scottish Open. This year we are back at Gullane, another fine links course. It is in a great area for golf courses, Muirfield is 2 minutes away and within 15 minutes there must be at about 10 courses.

I got here on Tuesday afternoon and spent a few hours working with Pete Cowan. I hit a lot of balls at home and was hitting some pull hooks, but it was good to get some time with Pete to try and figure it out. He was able to tell me what it was but I was finding it hard to find a way of fixing it. Basically my swing path wasn't matched up to my body. I managed to get it right for a while but then it would revert back. It wasn't until after the pro-am that I got it clear in my head how to fix it with my backswing causing the problem. I spent about an hour and a half hitting balls using my 'barriers' and by the end there was a huge improvement, so I was a lot happier after the session. My strike and dispersion was hugely improved.

The only practice round I've played was the pro- am but I was here in 2015 so I know the course. It is in very good condition, the fairways are firm but they have kept the greens relatively soft, at least compared to the rest of the course. It's not a long course but if the wind blows then it becomes a good test.

I'm drawn with Phil Mickelson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. We play at 8.50am on Thursday and 1.30pm on Friday. After my missed cut last week and then the good work I did with Pete, I'm looking forward to getting going.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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