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.

Travelers Championship

Date: 21 Jun - 24 Jun 2018
Location: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut

Entry Date:
Jun 19, 2018

Travellers Championship.
Nice opening round of four under par, 66, leaves Padraig inside the top ten after the morning rounds of this years, Travellers Championship. Seven under was the best of the early starters. His card was picture perfect with no dropped shots and four birdies. Three of his birdies came from short range putts and the longest holed was just 16 feet, so a good ball striking day on a course that he has played many times and has plenty of support from the Irish community in Connecticut. He tees off late Friday at 12.50pm.

Padraig tees it up this week on the USPGA tour at the Travellers Championship. It is being played at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut and will be a birdie fest compared to last weeks US Open. A top class field has assembled with Jordan Spieth the defending champion after a thrilling play off victory last year against Daniel Berger. We can expect more of the same this week! Padraig tees off the 10th tee in the opening round, Thursday, at 7.50am, with Jhonattan Vagas and Ryan Moore.

I'm in Hartford, Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. I've been a regular here for quite a while now and it's a week I look forward to as I enjoy the course and area. As you would imagine I always get great support here as there is no shortage of Irish in the area.

I got in on Monday to New York and stayed there for the night as I was being awarded with the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association's Gold Tee Award. It was a great honour to be presented with this prestigious award and there was a great turnout for it.

On Tuesday I had a number of commitments, from a photo shoot for Wilson to playing a few holes with some kids from the First Tee. As a result of all this, I didn't play any holes on the course, although I got some work done on the range. I wasn't too worried as I have played the course many times and I was due to play the pro-am.

On Wednesday I played the afternoon pro-am with a friend of mine, Bill Heyman. We have played the last few years and become good friends. Unfortunately we didn't do any good but we did enjoy ourselves. I was happy with how I hit the ball, I made a few birdies and hit plenty of good shots. All in all, just about how you would like to play on a Wednesday. The course is in great shape and as good as I have seen it since I have been coming here. It's probably a little firmer than usual, which makes it a little shorter but trickier.

I had last week off and did quite a bit of practice. As normal when I have done a lot of practice, it takes me a round to get back into tournament mode and I could see that in the pro-am. When I started out I was a little ropey in terms of my mental approach but by the end of it I was feeling good.

I was happy with how I played in the pro-am and I am feeling good about things. I like the course and have had some decent results here over the years. I'm out early on Thursday at 7.50 am with Johnny Vegas and Ryan Moore.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

ON TOUR

On The Tee

Travelers Championship  >>
21 Jun - 24 Jun 2018
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut

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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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