Final round of two under par 70 saw Padraig finish in a tie for 58th place at the Peurto Rico Open. He recorded 16 pars and two birdies in a blemish free round and will be looking to build on that consistency in the coming weeks on tour. Padrig finished with a three under par total, the event was won by Branden Grace with a nineteen under winning score.
Third round of one over par 73 sees Padriag in a tie for 63rd place heading into Sundays final round. He got off to a nice start, picking up two shots early on with birdies at the par five 2nd and 5th holes but gave that straight back with a double on the short par three 6th hole. A string of pars followed but then two more dropped shots on the 12th and 13th holes where he found bunker trouble and incurred a penalty shot put paid to a good days work. He picked up one further shot coming home on the par three 16th hole but will need a low number Sunday to climb the leaderboard. Fourteen under par leads at the moment!
A second round of level par 72 sees Padraig thread water at the Puerto Rico Open. He got off to a steady start with two birdies on the front nine to be out in 34 shots. He followed that with eight pars on the back nine but an ugly double bogie seven on the par-five 15th hole where he found trouble twice spoiled an otherwise good day. He tees off early in the third round at 8.55 am local time and will be hoping for a fast start to the weekend!
Padraig opened his account in Puerto Rico with a two under par round of 70. Starting on the back nine, he got off to a mixed start with a couple of bogies cancelling out a couple of birdies but was out in one under par. He picked up another shot at the par five 2nd hole, where he two putted for birdie and then again took advantage of the par fives with another birdie on the par five 6th hole. A dropped shot followed on the par three 6th hole where he missed the green and failed to get up and down but finished with three pars to sign for a 70. He tees off late Friday!
Padraig plays this week at the Puerto Rico Open. It is being played at the Grand Reserve Country Club. The event is being held opposite a WGC event so gives the chance of a lower ranked player gaining the all important win on Tour. The defending champion, Viktor Hovland, has made great strides since his win and is in an automatic spot for Padraig’s Ryder Cup team. Low scores are possible but trouble also lurks around the par 72 layout that relies on the wind coming in off the bay to defend itself.
Padraig tees off in the opening round Thursday at 7.17am and in the second round on Friday at 12.02pm with Bo Van Pelt & Ricky Barnes.