Padraig shoots a final round of two under par 69 to win the Hoag Classic at Newport Beach. It is his first win of the year on the PGA Seniors Tour and hopefully a precursor to anuther multi-winning year on tour. As usual he made it difficult for himself, He got off to a nice start with an early birdie but then recorded the first of two near fatal double bogies on the par three 4th hole. He rallied well with another birdie on the par three 7th to be out in level par. Two more birdies followed to pull himself back in the lead but another double bogie arrived on the par four 16th hole where he hooked his tee shot off the planet. To his credit, he again showed the grit he his famous for with a 20 foot putt on the par three 17th which barely fell in to tie the lead again and followed that with an up and down from the bunker at the par five 18th. His eight foot putt did a merry dance around the hole before dropping to seal another extrodinary win from a perilous situation. Since coming on the Seniors Tour a couple of years ago, he has recorded 21 top five finishes, with four wins in 2022 and three wins last year. He climbs from 31st position to 5th in the season long Charles Swhwab Cup standings. As he said afterwards, “Throughout my career, the best thing I do is when my back’s to the wall.” 

Padraig leads by one shot going into Sundays final round after a gritty display of four under par 67 in tough conditions. He got off to a fast start with two birdies in his first three holes but dropped a shot at the par four 5th hole to be out in 34 shots. He dropped another shot at the par four 14th hole, where he found trouble off the tee and second shot but blazed his way home, picking up four shots in his last four holes, including an eagle three at the par five 15th hole. He tees off last tonight at 7.15pm.

Stunning opening round for Padraig in Newport as he shoots an eight under par round of 63 to trail by one going into Saturdays second round. He got off to a fast start and reached the turn in four under par. He holed a nice putt on the 10th to keep the momentum and then finished strongly with three birdies in his last four holes. He tees off in the final group at 6.25pm.

Padraig plays this week on the Seniors PGA Tour at the Hoag Classic Newport Beach which is located in California. The course plays to a par 71 and 6,821 yards. Ernie Els is your defending champion with Padraig finishing in a tie for 7th last year. 

Tee times: Opening round Friday at 7pm with Steve Alker and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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