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.

Genesis Open

Date: 15 Feb - 18 Feb 2018
Location: Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA

Entry Date:
Feb 13, 2018

Genesis Open.
Final round of 74 for Padraig at the Genesis Open. He, yet again, got off to a nice start and was one under par after eleven holes before the closing stretch caught him out again, this time he dropped four shots coming home to make it a day to forget. Overall, he played some nice golf but never got a run of birdies going throughout the week. Bubba Watson returned to the winners enclosure with a twelve under par total which was impressive scoring around this very demanding course!

Third round of level par 71 saw Padraig start well again but fail to capitalise around this very challenging lay out. He got to one under par early before two dropped shots had him out in one over par. He them mixed three birdies with two bogies coming home to sign for a 71.

Second round of two over par 73 sees Padraig make the cut, on the mark, for the weekend at Riviera. Starting on the back nine, he got off to a steady start and was one under after five holes but a poor run of four holes saw him drop three shots before he steadied the ship and came home with nine straight pars. A number of players still have to complete their second rounds due to darkness so third round tee times won't be released until Saturday.

Padraig opens with a pleasing round of level par 71 which leaves him in a tie for 36th place. He got off to the perfect start with an eagle three on the par five, 1st hole, where he holed a nice putt. Two dropped shots followed on the front nine to have him out in level par. He picked up another shot at the short par four, 10th hole, before dropping his last shot on the tough par four, 15th hole, where he missed the green in regulation. He tees off Friday, late, at 12.33pm local time!

The final part of the West Coast swing takes part this week as the Tour heads for one of the most iconic courses on the playing schedule, Riviera G&CC. This is the site of "Hogans Alley", named in honour of Ben Hogan who dominated around this course, including winning a US Open here. The field this week is a virtual who's who of golf with a "Major" looking field playing around a course that hasn't changed much over the years and is normally a stern test with golfers required to move the ball both ways around the narrow fairways and plenty to think about around the greens. Padraig loves the course and will be hoping to get his season kick started here this week. He tees off at 7.53am with James Hahn and Pat Perez.

This week the tour is in LA for the Genesis Open. This event has been a fixture on my schedule since I first played here. Riviera Country Club for me is the best course that the PGA Tour play's on all year. I look forward to coming here and the majority of the Tour are the same. The great thing about Riviera is that it doesn't have to be tricked up. The course is there in front of you and you just have to play well if you want to score here.

I played a pro-am on both Monday and Wednesday this week. I never mind playing the pro-ams as it is good practice for the tournament and also helps me to get away from practice and technical stuff.

Normally if I have played two pro-ams I would spend Monday practicing but this week I had a corporate outing on Tuesday. It was at a different course but in a pro-am format, so again I was playing one ball and trying to score. It's been a busy few days for me though. On Monday I managed to fit an hour in with GG to go over the stuff we worked on two weeks ago. It was good to catch up with him again and he gave me a good tip for when I'm hitting draws. I've always struggled with drawing the ball but he suggested I give myself more room and aim further right. When I do it, it certainly seems a lot better.

I?m changing the version of my Titleist golf ball this week to the new ProV1. It's very much like the ball I've been using but it spins more and the great thing is that I am not losing any speed. I can also see a big difference with it when I?m chipping; it's a little softer and spins more, so I find it much easier to hit the spot I am looking at. I'm excited to see how it performs in the tournament.

I'm feeling good about my game and looking forward to playing. I'm out early on Thursday and late on Friday with Pat Perez and James Hahn.

Talk soon,


On The Tee

To be confirmed


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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