It was another disappointing week. To go all the way over to Reno to miss the cut really wasn’t in the plan. I played more than well enough to make the cut but a bad hole in my second round cost me dearly, as did a number of missed birdie putts.
I scored 2 points in the first round which wasn’t great. I missed a few good chances for birdies in the round and also made a couple of mistakes that cost me bogeys. I was 0 points playing the last hole and got a big break for my second not to be in the water right of the green. I had gone for the green in two and it leaked right on me, but managed to stay on the back. At this stage we were called in for bad weather and ended up having to come back on Friday morning to finish. I got up and down for a birdie which felt great as I could so easily have been in the water.
My second round was going along nicely after a few birdies through 10 holes. I had 7 points playing the 2nd (my 11th), went for the green in two and missed it right in the hazard. After taking a penalty drop my fourth shot came up short in the greenside bunker but under the lip with no shot. It took me two to get out and at that stage I picked up as I couldn’t do any worse than -3 points, which was a huge blow. I then followed it up by three putting the 3rd and then had another bogey on the 5th. At this stage I was back to 2 points and effectively out of it. I managed to birdie the last but it was no use.
I was really disappointed to have missed the cut as I was cruising along nicely though 10 holes. One bad hole killed me as it stopped all the momentum I had going. I stayed around and did some practice over the weekend to get ready for next week’s tournament.
It’s a little frustrating at the moment as I know that I am playing nicely but I am not getting any results. I am not quite getting all the parts together and not converting when I give myself a good chance, which is putting me under pressure. I have to make sure to keep patient, let it happen and not to fall into the trap of trying too hard.
Padraig got off to the start he needed in round 2 of the Barracuda Championships with two early birdies. He did drop a shot on the par-four 15th hole but picked up another birdie on the par-five 18th hole. He then had a terrible run of holes as he dropped four shots in four holes. He did birdie his final hole where he hit his second shot close but failed to make the cut by one point.
Round one has now been completed after some delays on Thursday for lightening. Padraig birdied the one hole he had left to play, the par-five 18th hole to finish on plus 2 points. He tees off early today at 7.53am and will need a low round to get into contention. The current cut line is plus three points.
Padraig is back in the States on the PGA Tour as he plays in the Barracuda Championship. It is a modified Stableford event which rewards attacking play and is a nice change from stroke play every week. It is being played at Montreux Golf Club in Reno and Padraig has played the course before with mixed results. Andrew Putnam is your defending champion.
Padraig tees off at 12.33pm in the opening round with Patrick Rodgers and Beau Hossler.