Unfortunately my trip to Crans Montana was an unsuccessful one. I was feeling good about things going there, but unfortunately a bad finish to my round on Thursday put me on the back foot. I had eagled the 14th to get to 2 under par which put me in a good position, especially as last four holes were offering up birdie chances too. However I wasn’t able to take advantage of the last few holes and instead made a few mistakes that cost me three shots. I only parred the reachable 15th and then failed to get up and down on the 16th for par. The worst however came at my last hole; after a good tee shot I was too aggressive with my second and ended up hitting my wedge into the water. In the end it cost me a double bogey and instead of finishing on one under par I shot one over. Had I parred the last I still would have been disappointed to only shoot one under, but after taking six on it I was fuming. It was especially annoying given that I had put myself in a good position to kick on after the eagle.
On Friday I got off to a bad start with a bogey on my first hole and then had a double bogey on my fourth hole after I found the water. After my start I had left myself too much to do to make the weekend. I tired hard over the next 15 holes but to no avail.
Missing cuts is always a blow but at least when I am back in Europe I can get home for a couple of days. The only silver lining was that I got home on Saturday for my birthday. While I would have much preferred to be playing the weekend it was at least a nice consolation to be home for my birthday and then to go to the All Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry with Paddy, and what a final we witnessed! If I had to have weekend off it wasn’t a bad one to have.
A disappointing second round for Padraig as two double bogies derailed his bid to make the cut. He got off to a slow start with a dropped shot on his opening hole but compounded that mistake with two dropped shots on the par three 13th hole. He fought back immediately with a birdie four on the next hole, the par five 14th hole but then stalled with eight pars in a row. Another double bogey on the par four 5th hole made it a day to forget as he signed for a round of 73. His three over par total left him four shots outside the cut line with eleven under par leading the way going into the weekend.
What a day for Padraig at the Omega European Masters. His round contained nearly everything, an eagle, birdie, par, bogey, and a double bogey. In the end, he signed for a one-over-par round of 71. He started off in steady style with eight pars over the front nine and one dropped shot at the par-four 5th hole. He got this shot back with a lovely deuce on the par-three 11th hole and then made a beautiful eagle on the par-five 14th hole. But from two under par and looking good, he had a horrible finish with a dropped shot on the 16th hole and a double bogey to finish. He tees off early Friday and will be hoping to eliminate the mistakes!
Padraig is playing this week on the European Tour at the Omega European Masters. It is being played at Crans Montana in Switzerland which is a beautiful part of the world. The field this week is very strong with Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Matt Wallace and Scottish Open winner Bernd Weisberger all playing. This is the 30th time that Jimenez has played in the event and he is a past winner, having lifted the trophy in 2010. Padraig returns here after a break of five years and will give him a chance to catch up with Ryder Cup hopefuls.
Padraig tees off Thursday at 1.20pm local time Lucas Bjerregaard and Robert MacIntyre!
I’m in Switzerland this week at one of the nicest stops of the year, Crans Montana. I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t enjoy coming here. It’s a great little town with the course pretty much in the centre, which everyone walks to and from. There’s such a nice vibe here all week.
I was home last week and did quite a bit of practice early in the week and then played a couple of games of golf with Paddy at Adare Manor at the weekend. He was sixteen last Saturday and we celebrated there. It was great fun getting to play a couple of games with Paddy. He’s starting to get an interest in the game.
On Monday I played at Golf Club de Geneve with Ronan and a couple of friends. What a great course it was, so much fun to play and in great condition. It was made all the better by taking the money from Ronan.
On Tuesday afternoon I played 13 holes with Paul Dunne. It was great to get out on the course as I haven’t been here for a few years and they have made a few changes. We played a match and then we had a chipping contest on each hole. I have to say it was such great practice; we were both giving it our all as neither of us wanted to lose. You can’t beat competition like that; it’s the best practice of all. I was very happy to be playing matches as I needed to get away from hitting balls after beating so many last week. After we played I spent a while practicing my putting and then called it a day.
On Wednesday I played in the morning pro-am and then after it just practiced my putting. The pro-am went well; I made a few birdies and got to see the five holes I hadn’t seen the previous day. As a team we didn’t do any good but we had fun.
The course is in very good shape and the best I’ve seen it, I would say. The changes they have made are very good, the best of all is the new green on 16, the par three. It is much more accessible for an iron shot now. The rough is heavy in patches and certain holes like the 1st and the 14th have some tough spots if you find it. All in all though, it is very fair.
With all the practice I did last week my routines were a bit out of sorts in practice. I used the pro-am to work on these and to get myself ready for the first round. I’d like to have another day as I could see it improving over the last few holes of the pro-am. That said I know what I need to do to ensure my routines are good, so I am looking forward to getting going.
I’m out at 1.20pm in the first round and 8.20am on Friday with Lucas Bjergard and Robert McIntyre.