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.

Portugal Masters

Date: 20 Sept - 24 Sept 2018
Location: Oceanico Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal

Entry Date:
Sep 17, 2018

Portugal Masters.
Disappointing opening round for Padraig at the Portugal Masters as he shoots a two-over-par round of 73. He played the front nine in level par, swapping a birdie and a bogey but starting back on the back nine, he got off to a dreadful start with a double bogey on the par four 11th hole and was three over after five holes of the nine. He then made a couple of timely birdies before a dropped shot at the last had him a long way off the leaders at eight under par. He tees off early Friday at 8.40am!

Padraig is playing this week in Portugal at an event he won only two years ago, the Portugal Masters. It is being played as usual at the Victoria Golf Course where low scoring is the order of the day for the long-hitting pros! He will be full of confidence after a top five and runner-up finishes in his last two events. Padraig tees off at 1.40pm local time with Danny Willet and Ashun Wu!

I'm in Portugal this week for the Portugese Masters, which I won in 2016. It's always great to come to a course that you have won on before. Even more so when you are coming in off the back of a couple of good results. Finishing second and fifth in my last two events has been great, but I'd love nothing more than to add another trophy to my collection.

This is one of my favourite weeks of the year. There is always a lot of Irish around and I stay with friends. This may be about as relaxed a week as I have on tour and everything about this week is perfect, down to the great weather.

I arrived here on Tuesday and spent a bit of time practicing my putting as I struggled a bit last week with my long range putts. Putting was all I did on Tuesday as I know the course. On Wednesday I played in the morning pro-am with three lads all the way from Dublin!! We managed to get close to winning but in the end we were just pipped. The course hasn't really changed, certainly not in terms of the lay out. They only thing that is different is that they have put in Bermuda rough. Over the years this type of grass hasn't been too kind to me as I tend to struggle with flyers from it. It puts more of an emphasis on hitting fairways than ever before and as a result of the change, I would expect the winning total not to be as good as previous years. While this grass hasn't been good to me, I do like the course and I am feeling good about my game.

I'm out late on Thursday and early on Friday with Danny Willett and last week's winner, Ashum Wu. I like what I have seen with my game over the last few weeks and I am excited about playing. I hope to get myself into contention on Sunday and see what happens from there.

Talk soon,


On The Tee

Portugal Masters >>
20 Sept - 24 Sept 2018
Oceanico Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal

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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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