It was another disappointing performance. To make it to the FedEx Playoffs I needed a win, which was always a big ask, but I was expecting a good week, not a missed cut. My game is in a lot better shape than my results are showing. It’s frustrating to be missing cuts as I know that I am playing much better than that and last week was no different.
In the first round I drove the ball really well, hitting 12 of 14 fairways, which set me up to score but I just didn’t take advantage of it. When I did hit it close I missed the putt and then other times I just didn’t get the ball quite close enough. Shooting two under par, the way the course played in round one, was only okay and would have been the cut mark.
On Friday I didn’t drive it as well, only hitting 7 of 14 fairways. On that course, if you are not coming off the fairway it is very hard to score as the rough gives you big flyers which makes clubbing very hard. I got off to a bad start with a bogey from going long on the 10th and then a 3 putt bogey on the 11th, which made my task of making the cut much harder. In the end I made three birdies to get to three under par to miss by one shot. To add insult to injury I chipped in on my last hole for a birdie to end up one shot outside the cut. There were plenty of shots I could think of that cost me, but the hole that was annoying was the 5th where I three putted for par.
It brings an end to my PGA tour season. I’m off for a weeks holiday with Caroline and the kids and then I’m heading back to play in Europe. It’s been a disappointing run for the last few weeks but the consolation is that I know my game is much better than my results suggest. I just have to be patient and wait for it to turn.
Padraig added a one under par round of 69 but his three under par total suprisingly missed a very low looking cut at four under par. He got off to a dreadful start with two early dropped shots, the 10th hole where he found a bad lie in the rough and a three putt at the 11th hole. He fought back well with two birdies but then reeled off ten pars in a row where he couldn’t buy a putt. A chip in on his last hole for another birdie came too late and failed to save him. It has been a frustrating year in terms of missed cuts by just one shot.
Padraig got off to a steady start at the Wyndham Championship shooting a two under par round of 68. He traded a birdie with a bogie to be out in level par but dropped a shot at the par four 10th hole after finding a poor lie in a bunker. He rallied well to pick up three shots over the closing holes but will need to play well Friday as the cut line hovers around this mark. Eight under par leads after the opening round.
Padraig is playing this week on the PGA Tour in the Wyndham Championship. It is the final event before the Fed Ex Cup playoffs. It is being played at Sedgefield GC in Greensboro, North Carolina. Brandt Snedeker is the defending champion who shot a 59 in the first round last year!
Padraig tees off at 8.40am in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship with Charley Hoffman and Byeong Hun An.
It’s the last counting tournament before the FedEx playoffs, with the top-125 making it into the first of the three playoff events. As it stands I am well outside the 125, in fact I’m outside the top 200. I missed a few events at the start of the year due to my wrist break and then haven’t performed well in the tournaments I have played since returning. This week there is only one scenario that will allow me to move forward to the first playoff event and that is a win.
I’m taking this week like every week I play. I am preparing with a view to giving myself the best chance to perform well and hopefully have an opportunity to win. I know the course well as I have played here a number of times. It’s one of the best courses of year with a great layout that you have to work your way around. There is a massive premium on hitting fairways as the rough is very difficult to control the ball from. In previous years I would say I have struggled to hit fairways which has caused me to struggle.
I’ve played 29 holes this week, eleven on Tuesday and the Wednesday pro-am. I have managed to get a good feel for how the course is playing and for how I am playing. I’ve been happy with how my game is for the last while now, even though my results haven’t been showing it. In practice I have hit plenty of good shots, I just need to bring these to the course and cut out the one or two loose shots that are costing me in a round.
The course played really well over the two days in practice, however there was a huge storm on Wednesday evening and as a result the course should be playing quite different during the tournament. It will be very wet and soft after all the rain, which is a pity as it was a little firmer than previous years.
I am here looking to get myself into contention and hopefully myself a chance of progressing to the first FedEx Playoff event. I know it is a tall ask but I also know that I have the ability to do it. I am out early in the first round at 8.40 am with Ben An and Charley Hoffman and then 1.40 pm on Friday. I’m feeling good and looking forward to getting started.