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KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Playoff blues for Padraig as his arch nemisis, Steve Stricker, beats him on the first tie hole to win his second Major of the year on the senior tour. Saturday was the day that Padraig felt he should have got away from the field as he played some sublime golf but leading by one going into Sunday against one of the all time great short game exponants was always going to be tough. He got off to the perfect start with a couple of birdies early at the two par fives and added another at the 7th hole to go two clear but a bogey at the par three 8th hole had him one ahead turning for home. A Stricker chip in on 11 for birdie and a dropped shot by Padraig at 12 shifted the momentum and he needed a birdie at the last to set up a playoff. He reached the long par five 18th in two and forced the playoff but found the hazard off the tee in the playoff and even a miraculous fourth shot from 285 yards to twenty feet wasn’t enough as he failed to convert with Stricker in the hole for a par! Some great golf played by Padraig over the week and much to look forward to for the season ahead! 

Padraig continues to lead heading into the final round in Texas by one shot from the chasing pack. He was the model of consistency, yet again, as he reeled off four birdies on his front nine and added another on the par four 12th. But disaster struck on the par four 16th where he made a double bogey but he finished well with a birdie on the last to set up a fascinating rematch with Steve Stricker in the final round!

Padraig heads for the weekend in Texas with a three shot lead in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. He is attempting to add the Senior version to the PGA Championship he won back in 2008. He again played very solid golf with three birdies going out and one coming home and has gone 36 holes with out a bogey! He opened up on the back nine with four straight pars before making those three birdies in five holes, two of which were par 5’s. He remained rock solid on the front nine with eight pars and that lone birdie, Major Championship golf which he hopes will continue into the weekend!

Padraig opens his account at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship with a blistering round of 64 to lead by two. The current US Senior Open Champion, recorded eight birdies in total including nine 3’s on his card!  He got off to a fast start with a long range putt at the second and followed that with birdies on the 3rd, 6th and 9th holes to turn in four under par. A chip in on ten kept the momentum going and he finished in a blaze of glory with birdies on the 15th, 16th and 18th holes. Good start to a Major Championship!

Padraig plays this week at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, his third major in three weeks!

Tee Times – Padraig plays in the opening round at 8.05am local time with Steve Alker and Rocco Mediate.

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May 23rd, 2023|

PGA Championship

final round of one under par 69 sees Padraig finish in a tie for 50th place at this years PGA Championship. An outward nine of level par, where he swapped a couple of bogeys with two birdies, was a prelude to a back nine of eight pars and one lone birdie on the par four 14th hole, a reachable par four of 300 yards. The event was won by Brooks Koepka who held off Scottie Scheffler and Victor Hovland. Next up for Padraig is another Major, this time the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship! 

Third round of five over par 75 for Padraig was a tale of two nines as he covered the opening nine in eight over par and followed that with a back nine of three under par. Go figure! On a wet and miserable day, he failed to find the fairways on the front side and from there you have no way of getting to the greens on a very penal layout. He played much better on the back nine and finished with a florish as he holed a long bunker shot on 18 for an unlikely three! Sunday will be a day with no downside!

Padraig follows his opening round at Oak Hill with a gutsy one over par round of 71 to finish at 3 over par and comfortably inside the cut line and eight behind the leaders. He started the day on the back nine and made just two pars but started brightly with two birdies and added two more with three dropped shots to be out in one under par. With the rain falling and the rough becoming penal, Padraig had to really buckle down and par his way in to the house as birdie chances became rare. Even a late double bogey failed to deter him and he has the weekend to look forward to at Oak Hill!

Padraig opens his account at Oak Hill with a two over par round of 72 which leaves him in a tie for 42nd place heading into Fridays second round. Five under par leads after day one. On a brutally tough course, he was solid for most of the day, recording fourteen pars. He had the inevitable dropped shots around such a penal layout with three bogeys and a solitary birdie at the par four 10th hole where he hit his second shot stone dead. He hit about a third of the fairways and needs to increase this to have a chance to improve as the rough is non negotiable.

Padraig plays this week at the PGA Championship, the second Major of the year on the PGA Tour. Padraig won the event back in 2008 at Oakland Hills

Tee Times – Padraig plays Thursday at 8.17am and Friday at 1.42pm with Jimmy Walker and Kevin Kisner.

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May 16th, 2023|
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