Life is a lot easier when you play badly and then all of a sudden you get in contention and win one. No one gets on your back. When you finish runner-up seven times, everyone is asking, 'Why aren't you winning?' It's much more fun when you jump into a win out of the blue. It's a much tougher game when you play consistently well.

Valspar Championship

Entry Date:
Mar 7, 2018

Valspar Championship.
Second round of two over par 73 sees Padraig miss the cut at the Valspar Championship. Four bogies and two birdies made up his card on a day he needed to go low to make the cut.

Disappointing opening round for Padraig at the Valspar Championship as he shoots a five over par round of 76. He got off to a slow start with a bogie on his opening hole and added another on the par four 7th hole, to be out in 38 shots. He got one back at the par five 11th hole, with a two putt birdie but a poor finish, including a double bogie on the par three 17th hole, made it a day to forget! He tees off early at 7.23am local time on Friday.

Padraig is in Florida this week to play at the Innisbrook resort in a star studded field for the Valspar Championship. It's a course that plays both easy and hard depending on wind and set up conditions with a low of minus fourteen winning in 2017 while minus 4 won in 2008! It plays to a par of 71 and the purse this week is 6.3 million dollars! Adam Hadwin who was winning for the first time last year is the defending champion. Padraig tees off at 12.13pm local time with Cameron Smith and Smylie Kaufman.

After a week at home making snowmen and having snowball fights it good to be back in Florida. This week I'm in Tampa for the Valspar Championship. While it hasn't been as hot as I would have expected, it is a nice change from our weather at home. I enjoyed the snow for a few days but I was ready to leave. All my practice last week was indoors, as you can imagine.

I played 18 holes with Shane Lowry on Tuesday and the pro-am on Wednesday. He won the money on the course but I managed to get most of it back on the chipping green. The course hasn't changed much over the years I've been coming here. Normally I'd only play nine holes on the Tuesday when I know it so well, but having not played last week I was happy to get a full round in. I like this course, it's a good test and I believe I still hold the course record from 2012 when I shot 62.

It was good to play the two practice days here as the course played very different each day due to the wind. It played particularly tough on Wednesday as it was windy and cold. As a result the ball wasn't going very far and I don't think I have ever played it as long.

I played okay on both days and hit enough good shots to know that my game is there. My short game feels good and I can feel the confidence coming back with my chipping with my new Titleist ball, which reminds me how I was 20 years ago. I've hit some really good chip shots that I haven't done for a long time and it feels great, but what I need is a run of playing to get myself back into scoring mode. I'm happy with what I see in my game and I know that I can get myself on a good run once I get going.

I'm out with Smylie Kauffman and Cameron Smith this week and there's a good chance that their combined age doesn't add up to mine!! We are out late tomorrow and early on Friday.

Talk soon,