Final round of one over par 73 sees Padraig move up 21 places to finish in tied 42nd place. On a brutal course layout and with the greens drying out, Padraig shot a very respectable round after covering the front nine in four over par. He rallied well on the back nine to record three birdies before dropping a final shot on the par three 17th hole. A good weeks work on a very demanding golf course!
Third round of three over par leaves Padraig at six over par for the tournament heading into Sundays final round. He got off to the worst possible start with a double bogey at the first where he found the devilish rough off the tee. He then swapped a birdie with a bogey before making a magnificent eagle on the par five 6th hole which plays around a lake. A final dropped shot on the par four 9th hole had him out in one over par. Two bogies were mixed with a birdie on the par five 12th hole before a final dropped shot on the par four 18th hole.
Padraig shoots a second round of two over par 74 to make the cut on the mark on a tough afternoon at Bay Hill. Starting on the back nine, he got off to the perfect start when he holed a sixty foot putt on the 10th to dip under par and played solid to be out in level par. He picked up another shot at the par four 4th hole where he hit it stone dead but an ugly finish had him sweating on the cut line. His problems started on the par five 6th hole where he found the rough off the tee and compounded the error with a three putt. A final bogey on his last hole was again down to missing the fairway off the tee but he has a chance to make up ground over the weekend!
Padraig opens his account at Bay Hill with a one over par round of 73. He got off to a steady start and was one under par after four holes but dropped a shot on the par four 5th hole after missing the green in regulation. He dropped another shot on the par four 8th hole where he found the rough off the tee to be out in 37 shots. He then had nine straight pars on the back nine to sign for his 73. This leaves him in tied 63rd place and with an early start tomorrow he will be hoping for a low round!
Padraig plays this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational being played as usual at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida. It is a star studded field for an event that has been running since 1966! The course is a good test with plenty of risk reward holes featuring water. Your defending champion is Bryson DeChambeau.
Tee Times – Padraig plays this week at 11.40am Thursday and 7.40am Friday (local time) with Scott Piercy and Sam Ryder.