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.

St. Jude Classic

Entry Date:
Jun 6, 2018

It was a long week in terms of the golf, but it felt like a quick week in Memphis. As I only got in Tuesday night it meant that the week went by quickly. It wasn't the week I was hoping for but it wasn't far away either.

I finished in a tie for 56th on two over par, but I felt that I played a lot better than that for most of the week. My rounds got off to good starts, but my back nines were poor. I was four under par in the first round with two holes to play but I bogeyed them both. I had a case of that sort of thing all week. In the final round I was one under for the tournament with four to play and I doubled two of my last four holes....

I hit a lot of very good shots during the week and my striking on the range was very good, but last week my poor shots were very costly - I hit seven balls into water hazards! The 18th was the most costly for me as I hit my drive in the water all four days and ended up playing the hole in six over par for the week. If I had played that hole in level par then it would have been a solid week.

Golf, however, is full of ifs and buts. Whilst my finish hasn't shown it, I know that my game is very close. If I can eliminate the couple of poor shots that I am hitting in a round then I can see myself having some very good weeks. My short game is getting better and better, whilst I can see my confidence coming back in it by the shots that I am hitting.

I'm disappointed to have finished where I did but I left knowing I am very close to getting on a good run. I'm off for the week so will be glued to the TV from Thursday to Sunday watching the US Open. I'd love to be there but unfortunately not this year.....

I'm looking forward to a week at home. I'll take it easy and do some practice, but not too much.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

After my 36 holes at Walton Heath on Monday attempting to qualify for the US Open, I am now in Memphis for the FedEx St Jude Classic. It has already been a long week and it is only Wednesday! In the US Open qualifying I missed out on a playoff by one shot. Tuesday was spent traveling and on Wednesday I played the pro-am here in Memphis.

The good thing about coming here after the qualifying is that I know the course well and so it is not a big deal that I didn't get to see it on Tuesday. The pro-am was only nine holes. I played the back nine so haven?t seen the front nine this week but the course hasn't changed in years so it's not a big deal.

After the pro-am Shane Lowry and myself had a couple of chipping competitions which ended in a tie. After that I spent some time hitting balls and a lot of time practicing my putting. I had a few three putts at Walton Heath, a lot of it was to do with the change in the speed of greens from Italy to Walton Heath. With this in mind I spent a lot of time working on my pace putting.

This week I am playing with Shane and James Hahn. We are early on Thursday and late on Friday. It's a great draw as I know Shane and myself will have fun and James is a great guy too.

As I got in late this week it feels that I am straight into the tournament which is actually nice. When you know a course well being there early can make the week feel very long. This way there is no hanging around and it's straight into the first round.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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