Padraig shoots a final round of level par which was good enough to give him his first top ten since the PGA Championship. He got off to a bright start with two early birdies but dropped a shot at the tough par three 7th hole, over water, where he missed the green and failed to get up and down for his par. A rough stretch on the back nine saw him drop three shots but he rallied superbly to birdie the last two holes for a fine showing at show a prestigious tournament. He plays again next week at the Ras al Khaimah Championship in the UAE.
Padraig goes into Sundays final round in tied 11th place and only five behind the leader. He got off to a dream start when he birdied his two opening holes but gave those shots back at the 5th and 6th holes to be out in level par. He again dipped under par at the par five 10th hole before adding two more birdies to sign for a three under par round of 69. He played the par 5’s in three under par which was key on this tough course. He tees off at 11.13am local time with Tyrrell Hatton and Lee Westwood with all to play for!
Padraig adds a fine round of two under par 70 to sit at four under par heading into the weekend in Dubai. Eleven under leads. He got off to a steady start but finished his back nine with two birdies to be out in 35 shots. He dropped his only shot of the day at the par four 1st hole before regaining that shot at the short par three 7th hole. All to play for at the weekend as he sits inside the top 20.
Padraig opens his account in Dubai with a two under par round of 70. He got off to a slow start with a dropped shot on the par five 3rd hole and then reeled off nine straight pars to be threading water. Three birdies in the next five holes put him in a good position for Fridays early tee time where he will be hoping to capitalise on perfect conditions. Seven under par leads after the opening round.
Padraig plays this week in Dubai for the second Rolex series event, the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic. It is a top class field yet again on an iconic course, (all 18 greens have been remodeled,) that normally yields low scores for the winner. It is being played at the Emirates Golf Club for the 33rd time but first time as a Rolex series event. Paul Casey is your defending champion this week.
Tee Times – Padraig plays with Rasmus Hojgaard and Lucas Herbert at 12.40pm Thursday and 8.20am Friday.