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.

PGA Championship

Entry Date:
Aug 7, 2018

Unfortunately I spent another weekend watching a Major on TV rather than competing in it. This one was even more frustrating than normal as I played very well from tee to green but putted terribly. I know it all adds up to a score and it shouldn't matter how you get it done, but when you hit the ball well it is much more frustrating not to score than it is when you hit it poorly.

I found the course to my liking in practice and was looking forward to playing. I had played nicely and felt good. On Thursday I played really well, as good as I have hit the ball for a long time, however my putter didn't perform anywhere near the same level as my long game. I was almost -4 strokes gained in putting for the day. What this was saying was that if I had putted average, I would have shot three under par as opposed to my round of one over. I was ranked between 10-12th in the field in terms of my ball striking but 152nd in putting, which left me a bit of work to do to make the cut.

Friday was similar to Thursday - I played well but couldn't make any putts. I was even par for the day on the 18th green (my 9th hole), with a 4 foot putt for birdie when we were called in for the storm. When we resumed on Saturday morning I holed it to get to even par for the tournament. I then made another birdie on the 3rd to get to one under and was cruising. However I double bogeyed the 5th after missing the fairway from the tee and also missed a 3 foot putt. This put me outside the cut and in need of a birdie which I wasn't able to find.

I was really disappointing to miss the cut as I had played well enough to be contending rather than battling to make the cut. It's bad enough missing cuts when you play badly but when you know you have played well enough to be up with the leaders it is extremely frustrating.

I watched most of the 3rd and 4th rounds over the weekend and, like everyone else, was enthralled by it. Brooks played great and deserved to win but there was a lot drama during the final round, which was great viewing!

I'm off to Greensboro for the final event of the regular season before the Play Offs. I need a win to qualify for them but if I play as I did this week and get my putting going it is certainly possible.

Talk soon,
Padraig,

I can't believe that it is 10 years since I won my third major at Oakland?s Hills. This week I'm in St. Louis for the PGA Championship and I have seen some footage of my win in 2008. Wow, 10 years has gone quickly......

I'm coming into this week having shown little form all year. However I am not fazed by it as I know that all the elements of my game are there and it is just a matter of putting it all together.

I have been to Bellerive CC twice before. I was here on 9/11 warming up to go and practice when we got word of what was happening in New York. As you can imagine everything was cancelled and so we didn't end up playing the tournament. Then we came back here in 2008 for the BMW Championship. I remember it being a fair golf course and from having played it on Tuesday and Wednesday I can confirm that. There is nothing tricked up about this course as it is there in front of you. If you hit good shots you will be rewarded.

I played 11 holes on Tuesday and 15 holes on Wednesday. The temperature here this week is approaching 100 degrees with high humidity so I didn't want to over do it. On Tuesday, Shane and myself took on Tommy Fleetwood and Rich Beem in a nine hole match which we won. I'll enjoy spending Rich?s money! On Wednesday I played a nine hole match against Paul Dunne. He won the match but I won the chipping contest so no money changed hands.

The course is set up very fair. The fairways are quite generous and the the greens are receptive. The rough is playable but tough enough for you to want to avoid it.

I'm feeling good and happy with my preparation for the week. I'm looking forward to getting started - as with most majors by the time you get to Wednesday evening you are chomping at the bit to get going.

I'm out early on Thursday with fellow past champions Vijay Singh and Jimmy Walker. I'm ready to get started and feel that my game is very close.

Talk soon,
Padraig,

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