It was a short trip to Japan as I only arrived on Wednesday afternoon and left the following Monday morning. Whilst it was a short trip it was a good one. I played nicely and finished in ninth place - I had my chances to be better but, all in all, it was a solid week. I hadn't been to Japan since 2008 and I had forgotten how good a place it is to visit and play. I really enjoyed my few days and was only sorry that I didn't have longer there.
I shot 12 under par for the week, which ended up five behind the leaders who went into a play-off. I could easily have made up five shots during the week, but then you think that every week you look back on the scoring. I got off to a flyer on Thursday on the nine I hadn't played in practice - I was 4 under after eight holes but then bogeyed the ninth, which stopped my momentum and I ended up shooting 5 under, which was a good score, but I did feel that I could have gone low but for the bogey on the ninth. The rest of the tournament, I never really got much going and was solid more than anything else.
I was happy with how I played for the week, in particular I was pleased with how I drove the ball and putted, which were two good areas all week. I set myself up from the tee and I holed out very well all week - the game becomes much more stress free when you are driving it well and holing out from 5 feet and in.
Looking back on the week, I would say that I didn't hit my wedges close enough and so I didn't make enough birdies. Also I felt that my routine wasn't very good - I noticed a number of times that I wasn't ready when I got over the ball and I was still making up my mind as to what I was going to do, which is something that I have to spend some time on.
All in all, the ISPS Global Cup was an enjoyable week and I am happy with how it went - I felt that I played well and that it wouldn't have taken much for me to be contending. I left knowing what I have to do before I play in France this coming week.
ISPS HANDA Global Cup.
Final round of two under par sees Padraig finish the tournament at twelve under par and in a tie for 9th place. He never really got going and ended up five shots out of the play off which Jun-Won Park from Korea won. Padraig now travels to France for next weeks European Tour event.
Padraig adds a third round of three under par 68 to leave himself at ten under par going into the final round but still five shots behind the leader. He played nicely but thought he could have holed a few more putts. He will need a repeat of his putting exhibition in round one to overhaul the leader but is confident and playing well!
Padraig adds a second round of two under par 69 to trail the leaders by three shots going into the weekend at the ISPS HANDA Global Cup. His seven under par total leaves him in a share for joint 6th place and in a positive frame of mind after hearing of his possible Olympic inclusion to play for Ireland in Rio.
Padraig opens with a solid round of five under par 66 to leave himself only a couple of shots out of the lead in Japan. He played solidly all day considering the amount of travel he has endured lately but is in great form after attending a corporate commitment on Monday.
This week I am in Japan for the ISPS Handa Global Cup, which was a late addition to my schedule. Given the fantastic charitable work that ISPS Handa do, I have been interested in playing one of their events, and this year it has worked out because I wasn't playing in the US Open.
I was at home last week, working on a few things and playing a little golf with Paddy. After missing the cut in Memphis I figured out that I needed to release my hands and arms quicker, which I worked on and by the end of the week I was hitting the ball very well, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it is in a tournament.
I only got here on Wednesday morning - I had a corporate commitment on Monday, so I was only able to fly on Tuesday. I got to the course at lunch time on Wednesday and was able to play nine holes and then drive around the other nine in a buggy. It?s not ideal preparation for a tournament but considering I had just got off a long flight, I was very happy with how I hit the ball. The course is in good condition - it's not long but it has the look of a tricky course. A lot of the holes have out of bounds on either side of the fairway and small greens - I can see myself hitting a lot of three woods this week.
I am looking forward to playing to see how the work I did last week has bedded in. I am here to try and add another title to my collection - I've won before in Japan but I would like nothing else than to add another one.