A final round of level par 70 for Padraig at the Dubai Free Irish Open as he makes plenty of birdies, five in all, but a poor finish derailed his final round. He got off to a steady par start but three birdies in five holes around the turn lit up his day. He followed that with three straight pars but that was the last par he made for the day. Two bogies, two birdies, and a triple bogey seven on the tricky par-four 17th hole ruined an otherwise good day. He birdied the par-five 18th hole on all four days! All to play for with the Open Championship only a couple of weeks away at Royal Portrush links. Padraig finished with a one-under-par total to lie in 50th place. Jon Rahm of Spain, a previous champion, stormed through the field with an eight under par round of 62 to win by two shots.
Third round of three over par 73 was a poor day at the office for Padraig. The only birdie he managed was on the finishing hole and he recorded four dropped shots for the day. Aside from a poor day tee to green, in contrast to his opening round, he holed very little on the greens. He will need a low round Sunday to climb back into the top twenty.
A tough day at the office for Padraig as he battled early conditions that brought rain and some wind to the links at Lahinch. He got off to a slow start when his approach shot to the first skipped over the green out of a heavy lie in the rough and he failed to get up and down from there. Three more bogies followed and he found himself out in four over par. He did birdie the short par three 13th hole and the par five 18th hole but dropped one more shot at the par-four 14th hole. His four-under par halfway total is still well in the hunt unless someone goes very low in the afternoon!
Padraig continued where he left off in 1995 at Lahinch Golf Course as he blitzed the par 70 layout with eight birdies and just one bogey. His 63 was his lowest round since a 63 at the Portugal Masters which he won in 2016. (He has recorded a 61 on the PGA Tour.) He got off to a nice start with two birdies in his first seven holes but then an outrageous putt through four different fringe cuts, which he holed for a deuce, set him off on a run of five birdies in six holes. He rounded the day off in style with another shot picked up on the par-five 18th hole. His seven under par total leads by two with an early start tomorrow at 8.30am and the chance to build on the momentum of his opening round!
Padraig returns to Ireland for one of his favorite tournaments, The Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open. It is being played this year at Lahinch Golf Club which holds fond memories for Padraig as the last time he played here in 1995 he won the South of Ireland Championship as an amateur. The course has been set up for some exciting golf and the Irish crowds can expect a feast of birdies from a top-class field. It is also the second event in the Rolex series and as such carries huge prize money and prestige. It promises to be an exciting week of golf and on a links golf course, Padraig can shine.
Padraig tees off in the opening round at 1.10pm local time with Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton.