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.

The Open Championship

Date: 19 Jul - 22 Jul 2018
Location: Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland

Entry Date:
Jul 15, 2018

The Open Championship.
Disappointing day for Padraig as he misses the cut at the Open Championship. He again got off to a steady start and was a respectable level par after fourteen holes, swapping a couple or birdies with a couple of dropped shots. Disaster struck at the tough par four 15th hole where he took a double bogie and another shot went at the par four 17th hole. In general, he struggled with the greens which is a recipe for disaster around the toughest links in the world!

Padraig opens his account at Carnoustie with a five over par round of 76. Playing in the afternoon half of the field, the course played fast and bouncy with a breeze coming up on the back nine to make it quite difficult to place your ball correctly off the tee. He got off to a nice start with an early birdie on the par four third but gave the shot back at the tough 5th hole. He again dipped under par with a tidy deuce on the frightening par three 8th hole, (out of bounds a couple of paces from the flag!!) but bogied nine to be out in level par. The back nine proved very difficult and he dropped three shots coming home and compounded it with a double bogie on the last where he found the burn off the tee. He will have an early start tomorrow at 9.47am and will hope for a quick start to his round. Five under par leads after the opening days play!

Padraig returns to one of his favourite courses, Carnoustie Links, where he won his first Major Championship in 2007. He defended the title in 2008 and it would be fitting if he could conjour up the same magic to complete a treble in one of golfs most famous championships! Padraig tees off in the opening round at 2.48pm local time with Bubba Watson and Matt Wallace!

After eleven years The Open has returned to Carnoustie, the course where I won my first Major. I've been asked a lot about what it feels like to come back here and while I have been back every year since I won (to play the Dunhill Links Championship) I must admit that it does feel good and has brought a lot of great memories flooding back. I arrived here on Saturday and the first thing that struck me was how big The Open has become. The hospitality and players area is so much bigger than it was 11 years ago. The grandstands too, it really is a massive operation now.

I played the course on Saturday and Sunday and then on Tuesday and Wednesday. Over these four days I?ve played 52 holes. The amazing thing is that in all the years I have been coming here as an amateur and a pro I have never seen the course play the way it is this week. It is so hard and fast that I hit my drive into the green side burn off the 18th tee. There is nothing to stop the ball on the fairways and so it makes clubbing from the tee very difficult. If you decide to lay up short of all the trouble then you are making it a very big course second shot course.

This week there will be a huge variety of strategies used and everyone will be wondering if they used the right one. For me I feel you have to take on some of the trouble from the tee so as to give yourself a chance to make some birdies. The rough is very playable and the greens are somewhat receptive so if you get some scoring clubs in your hands you will feel that it's possible to make a birdie.

I did some work with Pete over the weekend and he has me feeling a lot better about my game. I also have Bob Rotella here. We have had a few good chats and they have really put my mind at ease. As the practice days have gone on I have found myself feeling very good about things. I know that's hard to believe considering my last couple of weeks but with all the work I have done here since Saturday I am in a really good place and excited to get going.

It will be an interesting week as there are so many ways of playing the course. The most important thing is to remain patient and accept the good and bad bounces that will come your way. I'm feeling good and ready to get going, although I have a long wait until my first round kicks off as I'm out at 2.48 pm. I'm playing with Bubba Watson and Matt Wallace, too good but different players.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

ON TOUR

On The Tee

To be confirmed

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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