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.

Portugal Masters

Entry Date:
Sep 17, 2018

It was not the week I was looking for. Going to a course I have won on before, I was looking to have a good week, especially after my last couple of tournaments. However it didn't go my way last week.

I never managed to get anything going in the first round and then a couple of poor tee shots, on the 11th and 14th, caught the water and ended up costing me three shots. This along with the fact that I wasn't making many birdies, meant that I shot two over par.

The scoring is always good around this course, so my first round left me way too much to do. I managed to score better on Friday morning but not good enough to make the weekend. I shot two under for a two round total of level par, which was three shots outside the cut.

I was a little off last week but I can?t quite say why. It was just one of those weeks. However the only upside was that I had a weekend relaxing by the pool in great weather. With the Ryder Cup next week being a busy week, it was nice to have a couple of days to take it easy and do nothing.

Like everyone else in the world probably, I tuned in to watch Tiger on Sunday. It's great to see him back and the golfing world is a better place with an in-form Tiger.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

I'm in Portugal this week for the Portugese Masters, which I won in 2016. It's always great to come to a course that you have won on before. Even more so when you are coming in off the back of a couple of good results. Finishing second and fifth in my last two events has been great, but I'd love nothing more than to add another trophy to my collection.

This is one of my favourite weeks of the year. There is always a lot of Irish around and I stay with friends. This may be about as relaxed a week as I have on tour and everything about this week is perfect, down to the great weather.

I arrived here on Tuesday and spent a bit of time practicing my putting as I struggled a bit last week with my long range putts. Putting was all I did on Tuesday as I know the course. On Wednesday I played in the morning pro-am with three lads all the way from Dublin!! We managed to get close to winning but in the end we were just pipped. The course hasn't really changed, certainly not in terms of the lay out. They only thing that is different is that they have put in Bermuda rough. Over the years this type of grass hasn't been too kind to me as I tend to struggle with flyers from it. It puts more of an emphasis on hitting fairways than ever before and as a result of the change, I would expect the winning total not to be as good as previous years. While this grass hasn't been good to me, I do like the course and I am feeling good about my game.

I'm out late on Thursday and early on Friday with Danny Willett and last week's winner, Ashum Wu. I like what I have seen with my game over the last few weeks and I am excited about playing. I hope to get myself into contention on Sunday and see what happens from there.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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