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.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Date: 26 Apr - 29 Apr 2018
Location: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana

Entry Date:
Apr 24, 2018

Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Padraig is in New Orleans to play in the Zurich Classic which is being played at TPC Louisiana. It is the tours only two man team event and he teams up with his with his good friend, Shane Lowry. Thursday and Saturday are fourball rounds while Friday and Sunday are foursomes. They tee off Thursday at 12.57pm opposite Jason Dufner and Pat Perez! Should be an exciting and low scoring event!

I have been off for three weeks and have really enjoyed it, but now I am back in the US for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This week is an unusual one on tour as it is a team event. Shane and myself are playing together this week and I have to say that I'm looking forward to it. It will be a nice change from the normal tournaments we play, with the format being two days of fourball and then two days of foresomes.

I really like the idea of the team event. Mixing things up from the normal 72 hole strokeplay is a good thing as far as I am concerned. I like the fact that it takes the emphasis away from ourselves and makes us think about our teammate and also about how we should play the course in the foresomes. Shane and myself have played a lot together over the last few years but not in team event like this. Our games aren't too dissimilar in that we are both aggressive and not too worried if we miss a green or two.

I've been practicing hard over the last few weeks. Normally my practice is in my back garden but over the last three weeks I've been to the K Club and done some good practice on the course. I get so much feedback when I practice on a course that I just keep asking myself why I don't do it more often as it is so much better for me than standing on a range beating balls. In my three weeks off I have actually played more courses than normal. I've been to the K Club a good few times, I was in Japan for a couple of days playing a pro-am and then I had the opening of Adare Manor.

I?ve also spent a good bit of time testing balls as well as a new driver head as I broke my old one. I was gutted when I broke the driver as it was a really good one that has been going nicely for me.

On Tuesday we played nine holes and then on Wednesday we played the pro-am, which was a Scotch Foursomes format, as we would call it at home, or sometimes known as Greensomes. It was fun to play as we never really get to play it and whilst it wasn't the format we will play during the tournament, it was still good to get us into the right frame of mind.

We are both really looking forward to playing this week and it will be great craic playing with Shane in this format. On Thursday we start with fourballs and then on Friday it is foursomes. It's hard to say how it will go as we have both been off for three weeks and in team golf you never really know what to expect. One thing I know is that if we can enjoy ourselves then we have a great chance of doing well.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

ON TOUR

On The Tee

Zurich Classic of New Orleans >>
26 Apr - 29 Apr 2018
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana

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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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