Final round of five under par 67 leaves Padraig with a ten under par total and in a tie for 27th place. He got off to a poor start to be two over par after four holes but then reeled off five birdies and an eagle. He has now had a number of very solid weeks on the DP World Tour and of course has an entry in this years Masters to look forward to courtesy of his PGA Championship finish in 2021.
Third round of level par 72 sees Padraig lose ground to the field on moving day. On a day where he holed very little, he made 15 pars in total and recorded just two birdies. The first on the par three 7th hole where he holed a nice long range putt and the second on the par five 14th hole where he was just off the green in two shots. But disaster struck on the par four 17th hole where he missed the fairway off his tee shot and struggled to a double bogey six. His five under par total leaves him tied just inside the top 50 with twenty under par leading. He tees off at 8.40am local time on Sunday.
Padraig continues his fine play of late with a solid round of 70 to lie just outside the top 30 going into the weekend. He got off to the perfect start with two opening birdies before a string of pars culminated in a dropped shot at his 9th hole. Two more birdies followed before a bogie on the par five 14th hole. He tees off Saturday at 9.53am local time with Frederic Lacroix.
Padraig opens his account in the UAE with a very pleasing round of three under par 69. Seven under leads after the opening round. He got off the the perfect start with an eagle three on the par five third hole where he hit his second shot over water to six feet and made the putt! He again hit it close on the par four eight hole to further dip under par before a closing birdie had him out in 32 shots. A dropped shot on ten where he found water off the tee and a failed up and down from a bunker on the par three 15th hole both cost shots but he picked up a final shot at the par four 17th hole where he holed a 16 foot putt. All in all a good days work and some more good early season form!
Padraig plays this week in the United Arab Emirates at the Al Hamra golf club for the inaugural Ras al Khaimah Championship. One of his playing partners, Jordan Smith won here when the challenge tour paid a visit in 2016. The course plays to 7,325 yards and to a par of 72. Being a desert course it is typically exposed and open with lots of water. Length will be a key factor this week as evidenced by the winners of the three challenge tour events played here in the recent years. Padraig will be looking to build on last weeks top ten finish!
Tee Times – Padraig plays with Adrian Meronk and Jordan Smith at 8am Thursday and 12.30pm Friday.