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.

RSM Classic

Date: 17 Nov - 21 Nov 2017
Location: Sea Island Resort (Seaside)

Entry Date:
Nov 16, 2017

My week was one of what could have been. I was very close to having a good week but a few holes put paid to that. In my first round I was three under par playing the last hole, an easy par 5, but I took a double bogey. I went from looking at being in the top-15 after round one to being outside what would have been the cut mark.

My second round of three under was an up and down one too. I dropped a couple of shots early on to be three shots outside the cut mark and then rallied back with four birdies in five holes. In the end I made seven birdies and four bogeys to shoot three under. A couple of times I went from inside the cut, to missing it, to making it. There was a bit of stress that day.

Saturday was my worst day. The conditions were good for golf but I had a bad day on the course. It was one of those days when things went wrong for me. When I hit an average shot it ended up in a bad spot and even some good shots got unlucky and finished poorly. The hole that put an end to my day really was the 18th, my ninth. I drove it in the fairway bunker and then took two to get out, ultimately costing me a double bogey. No matter what I tried coming in, I wasn?t able to make up the lost shots.

However, my final round of the Tour season was a lot better. I played solidly and shot a bogey free 66, four under par, which was all pretty stress free. It was a tough day for golf as the wind was blowing, which made it more satisfying. I hit the ball well and gave myself a few good chances, which was a nice way to finish the year. The score didn't do a huge amount for me in terms of FedEx Cup points as I only moved from 72nd to 54th position for the tournament.

Normally I am looking forward to my winter break, but this year I wouldn't mind if there were a couple more tournaments. I feel my game is in good shape and that I could have a good week any week I tee it up. However I know that the break will do me good, especially after my injury earlier in the year.

It wasn't the season that I had hoped for but a lot of this is down to missing tournaments because of my operation. I'm very happy with what I saw over the last few weeks and I?m excited about next season. I have a few things that I will be working on over the winter but, in general, I am happy with my swing and how I am hitting the ball.

All that is left for me is the PNC Father/Son Challenge in a few weeks time with Paddy. It?s our first time playing in it and we are both very excited to be involved. I?ll be taking it easy and I reckon Paddy may hit more practise balls than me before then!

Talk soon,
Padraig.

RSM Classic.
Padraig finishes his season in style with a sparkling bogie free 66 at the RSM Classic! He went out in one under par courtesy of of a two putt birdie on the par five 7th hole and added three more birdies coming home to finish in a tie for 54th place behind first time winner, Austin Cook. Looking forward to an injury free 2018!

Disappointing day for Padraig as he shoots a four over par round of 74. He got off to a poor start and turned in one over par after a couple of bogies were offset with a birdie four on the par five 7th hole, where he holed a 40 foot putt! He got back to level par on the par three 11th hole where he hit his tee shot stiff but it went downhill from there with four dropped shots in his last seven holes including a double bogie on the 18th hole, where he left his tee shot in a fairway bunker! Tomorrow is another day!

Padraig shoots a second round of four under par 67 but recorded only seven pars for the day! He made an incredible seven birdies including four in a row but also four bogies on a day where the scoring was very low in general. Three under made the cut and fourteen under leads going into the weekend. It was a fine performance by Padraig as he was two over par early in his round before reeling off seven birdies in his last thirteen holes! He tees off Saturday at 10.15am local time.

Padraig opens up with a disappointing round of one under par 71 after a double bogie seven on the par five 18th ruined a good days work! He got off to a steady start with an early birdie on the par four 2nd hole but two bogies on the 4th and 6th holes had him out in level par. He dipped under par again on the par four 12th hole before reeling off two straight birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to stand at three under playing the last. All to play for tomorrow!

Padraig tees it up this week on the US PGA tour at the Sea Island Classic which is a far cry from Sun City in South Africa last week! He has played here before back in 2014 but the event is now played over two courses, the Plantation course and the Seaside course! Your defending champion this week is Mackenzie Hughes who opened up with a stunning 61 last year! Padraig tees off at 11am local time on the Plantation course with Chris Kirk and Russell Knox.

After a long trip I finally made it to Sea Island for this week's RSM Classic. I flew from Johannesburg to Atlanta, which was 16 hours in the air. It wasn't too bad as I was tired getting on the plane and slept for 12 hours and then watched a couple of movies. However the highlight was after my two hours in the Immigration queue - there was a Fiveguys in Atlanta airport and there is no better breakfast! In the end I got to the course and was able to do a bit of chipping and putting on Monday. It's hard to believe I had been in South Africa on Sunday and then hitting putts here on Monday afternoon.

I played here back in 2014 when it was just one course. Now they play it over two courses, the Seaside and Plantation courses. It makes it a bit tougher to have to get out and play the new course and practice on the one I have played before, but luckily I'm in the pro-am on the Plantation course which is the one I haven't played. With this in mind I played the Seaside course with Seamus Power early on Tuesday morning so that we could watch the football in the afternoon. The wind blew pretty strong which made it play a lot harder than I remembered it. It felt like a links wind out there at times. The condition of the course was brilliant and it could well be the best conditioned course of the year.

It was good to play with Seamus as I haven't seen him for a while and we had good craic. I was happy with how I hit the ball which made it a lot easier to finish up early and go to watch the Ireland v Denmark football match.

Unfortunately we didn't get the result we were looking for and like every Irish person, I was gutted. I feel for the players as it is so tough to get that close and then to miss out at the end.

On Wednesday I played the morning pro-am on the Plantation course. It is quite different to the Seaside course but is still a good test. The greens are small and surrounded by rough. If you miss the greens it is tough to get the ball close to the hole. That said if you hit the greens then you have a decent chance for birdie. The fairways are generous enough but if you miss them then you are struggling as this rough gives you big flyers.

After the pro-am I did some practice, mainly hitting wedges and then some chipping and putting. I'm happy with what I see in my game and in some ways sorry that this is the last proper event of my season.

I'm out at 11am in the first round on the Plantation Course and the 9.50am on Friday on the Seaside Course. I'm excited about getting started and it would be nice to finish the season on a high note.

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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