A final round of one under par 69 sees Padraig finish in a tie for 50th place at this years PGA Championship. An outward nine of level par, where he swapped a couple of bogeys with two birdies, was a prelude to a back nine of eight pars and one lone birdie on the par four 14th hole, a reachable par four of 300 yards. The event was won by Brooks Koepka who held off Scottie Scheffler and Victor Hovland. Next up for Padraig is another Major, this time the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship!
Third round of five over par 75 for Padraig was a tale of two nines as he covered the opening nine in eight over par and followed that with a back nine of three under par. Go figure! On a wet and miserable day, he failed to find the fairways on the front side and from there you have no way of getting to the greens on a very penal layout. He played much better on the back nine and finished with a florish as he holed a long bunker shot on 18 for an unlikely three! Sunday will be a day with no downside!
Padraig follows his opening round at Oak Hill with a gutsy one over par round of 71 to finish at 3 over par and comfortably inside the cut line and eight behind the leaders. He started the day on the back nine and made just two pars but started brightly with two birdies and added two more with three dropped shots to be out in one under par. With the rain falling and the rough becoming penal, Padraig had to really buckle down and par his way in to the house as birdie chances became rare. Even a late double bogey failed to deter him and he has the weekend to look forward to at Oak Hill!
Padraig opens his account at Oak Hill with a two over par round of 72 which leaves him in a tie for 42nd place heading into Fridays second round. Five under par leads after day one. On a brutally tough course, he was solid for most of the day, recording fourteen pars. He had the inevitable dropped shots around such a penal layout with three bogeys and a solitary birdie at the par four 10th hole where he hit his second shot stone dead. He hit about a third of the fairways and needs to increase this to have a chance to improve as the rough is non negotiable.
Padraig plays this week at the PGA Championship, the second Major of the year on the PGA Tour. Padraig won the event back in 2008 at Oakland Hills
Tee Times – Padraig plays Thursday at 8.17am and Friday at 1.42pm with Jimmy Walker and Kevin Kisner.