Catch up with Padraig's busy playing schedule as well as finding out what he's doing off the course, from his role as the R&A's Working for Golf Ambassador, to the work he does raising awareness for the Special Olympics and as Ireland's Golf Ambassador.

BMW PGA Championship

Date: 24 May - 27 May 2018
Location: Wentworth Club, Surrey, England

Entry Date:
May 22, 2018

BMW PGA Championship
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.

ON TOUR

On The Tee

BMW PGA Championship >>
24 May - 27 May 2018
Wentworth Club, Surrey, England

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FAN MESSAGES

Mike Kilbride. - Basingstoke. UK. : Great golf in Portugal !! Best Wishes. Mike.

Dennis Buckley - Dublin : Well done sir ! Brilliant stuff.

Michael Reid - Bagor,Northern Ireland : Padraig - brilliant,well done, great to see you winning this. All the best for the future. Regards Michael Reid

Paddy McNamara - Artane : Knew you would do it. Cracking putt on the 18th. Well done. Jumping up and down celebrating. Delighted for you.

Philip Halpenny - Portmarnock Golf Club : Padraig, you've given us so many good days over the years and today was surely one of them. What a pleasure to see those steely eyes deliver at the Victoria Club. Your determination and self belief are an inspiration to all of us still trying to master our great game. Congratulations and thanks for the thrills that keep on coming. PH

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