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On the Road with Padraig
Padraig got the start he needed in the second round as he raced to three under par after seven holes. He birdied both the par fives on the front nine and also had a deuce on the par three 6th hole. A dropped shot on the par four 8th hole had him out in 34 shots. This left him right on the cut line which hovered between one and two over par all afternoon. Dropped shots on the 13th and 14th holes were off set by a birdie three on the par four 15th hole but he just couldn’t find more birdies on the finishing three holes. One over par finally made the cut leaving the pre tournament favourite, Rory McIlroy, out for the weekend. On a brighter note, fellow Irishman, Shane Lowry is tied for the lead of the Open Championship at eight under par heading into the weekend!
Padraig opens his account at Royal Portrush with a four-over-par round of 75. He got off to the perfect start with a couple of birdies early on to be two under par after five holes. Three dropped shots saw him out in one over par. The back nine seemed to play tougher during the day as the players saw all four seasons throughout the day and it proved so for Padraig. He only picked up one shot coming home on the par-four 17th hole but also had three dropped shots! He tees off Friday late at 12.31pm.
Padraig is at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland to compete in the last major of the year, the Open Championship. It carries poignant memories for him as a two-time winner back in 2007 at Carnoustie and 2008 at Royal Birkdale. He also played Royal Portrush many times as an amateur and held the course record at one point. It is an exciting week as the course will favor no particular group of players and the weather will determine the winning score. The last and only occasion the Open Championship was played on the island of Ireland was 1951 at Royal Portrush where the winner was Max Faulkner.
Padraig tees off at 7.30am Thursday and 12.31pm Friday with Andrew Putnam and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
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.