Finishing in a tie for 28th is not normally what I would consider a good week but I am coming away from the KLM Open feeling positive. I am happy with how the week went because first and foremost my putting was solid - I holed some good putts during the week and more importantly I holed out the short to medium range ones very well. The funny thing is that I struggled in terms of how I hit the ball all week but I am feeling very good about my putting and looking forward to the rest of my forthcoming tournaments.
I know that I could have done better, especially the last day when I could have shot a low score but for a couple of poor shots. However all week I struggled with my swing and wasn't confident with how and what shape I was going to hit. I had to manage my way around the course and not take on too much, which I felt I did a good job of throughout the week. I have been working on getting my hands closer to my body in the downswing and as a result of the work I have done it threw my timing out a bit. I hit a few shots that I haven't hit for a long time, however I am not worried about it as I was starting to feel more comfortable by the end of the week and with a bit of practice while I am home I am sure it will be fine.
I would have liked to have been involved in the business end of the tournament but in the absence of that I am happy with my performance. I had four solid rounds, two of which were under par and two of level par. I was happy to see that my two best rounds were on Friday and Sunday, because most of the year I have struggled on these days. I wasn't thinking about the cut on Friday but about moving up the leaderboard and the same on Sunday, when I was looking to make birdies and finish as high as possible.
All in all it was a solid week with a lot of positives, the main one being my putting performance, where I felt confident over the putts and confident in my reading of the greens. While I didn't hit the ball as well as I have during the week I am not worried about that. I will do a bit of work on it during this week and have no doubts that it will be back in order soon.
I am off next week and then I head to the Ryder Cup as a Vice Captain. I am looking forward to my role of supporting Paul McGinley, which will be a new experience and one I am relishing. That said I will be raring to go when I get to the Dunhill Links Championship the following week, where I'm sure that having been watching the guys play for the week I will be dying to get out myself.
Final round of three under par 67 leaves Padraig at five under par for the tournament and in a tie for 28th place at the KLM Open. Six birdies and three bogies made up his card but with three 2's recorded on the par 3's he will be disappointed not to shoot a lower score. He now gets ready for his first foray as a Ryder Cup vice Captain at Gleneagles next week.
Level par third round for Padraig at the KLM Open leaves him in a tie for 45th place going into Sundays final round. He was out in one under par but dropped a shot on the par four 10th hole before rallying strongly with consecutive birdies. He tees off at 9.15am local time on Sunday.
Padraig shoots a pleasing two under par round of 68 to leave himself in a tie for 32nd place going into the weekend in Amsterdam. Starting on the back nine, he opened with eight straight pars before a welcome birdie three on ninth hole saw him turn in 33 shots. He dropped his only shot of the day at the par five 2nd hole but hit back strongly with birdies on his 15th and 16th holes. He tees off at 10.10 am on Saturday.
Padraig opens with a level par round at the KLM Open. It could have been so much better as he raced to the turn in three under par after a birdie two on the par three third hole and a brilliant eagle on the par five seventh hole. He recorded his first dropped shot of the day on the par four tenth hole and a double bogie on the par four 13th hole made it a disappointing day after such a promising start. He tees off early Friday at 9.05am local time and will be looking forward to a repeat of a quick start to his round again.
Padraig continues his travels in Europe with an appearance in this weeks KLM Open at Kennemer G & CC in the Netherlands. The course plays to a par of 70 which is short by tour standards at 6,600 yards but has an unusual routing of five par 3's and three par 5's. Local man, Joist Luiten won the event last year with a twelve under par total. Padraig tees off late in round one at 1.15pm local time with Thomas Bjorn and Mikko Ilonen.
I am in Amsterdam for the KLM Open, which is my final week of a three week run of tournaments. It is being played on one of the best golf courses of the year, Kennemer Golf Club, which is basically a links course with some trees. There isn't a bad hole on the course and if I you had to play this course everyday you wouldn't complain. I played here last year and really enjoyed he course but unfortunately I didn't play too well. I only managed two rounds so I am looking forward to being here for the four rounds this year and hopefully getting myself into contention.
I had another corporate outing on Monday so it was late in the evening when I arrived in Amsterdam. I took it very easy on Tuesday, did a small bit of practice and an hours putting practice in the morning. I spent the afternoon at Robert Jan Derksen's putting academy. He also works with Paul Hurrion and they asked me if I would go and see the academy while I was here, which I was delighted to do especially as I got to do some work on my putting too. It's a great facility they have built, something that every golfing union should look at having. I spent a few hours there with them, got to go through a few tests and check out my stroke and as I thought, it was all very good. The problems I have been having are coming from not trusting my reads.
On Wednesday I played the afternoon pro am, again I didn't do much beforehand, just about 45 mins of practice and then I played. The course played great and is in fantastic condition and I played fine, nothing special. I hit some good shots and some average shots, pretty much what you would like on a Wednesday. Lee Trevino always said the worst score he ever shot was 65 on a Wednesday!
We finished late on Wednesday so I headed straight back to the hotel and went to dinner with Peter Lawrie, Damien McGrane, Shane Lowry, Kevin Phelan and a few of Damien friends from home. It was good craic - you miss these dinners when you are in the States.
I am looking forward to playing this week as the course is in super condition and is a great test. It is supposed to get windy, which I would be happy with as it will make it even more links-like.