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.

Travelers Championship

Entry Date:
Jun 19, 2018

It wasn't the week I had hoped for. Having started so well I was optimistic for a good finish, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

On Thursday I played very nicely for a 66. It was a bogey free four under par which was very nice. I holed a couple of good putts to save par but also missed a couple of reasonable chances for birdie. All in all, it was a fair return for my day.

Friday was a different day. I started off quite ropey. I hit a poor tee shot on my first hole, but a lucky break led to a birdie. Then on my 3rd hole (the 12th) I could have been out of bounds with my tee shot but a lucky kick off the cart path saved me, although I did three putt for a bogey. On the 13th I was in the water off the tee but managed to hole a 15 footer for par, and then on the 14th I holed another 15 footer for par. It could have been one of the best one over par scores for five holes that I have ever played. In the end I shot one under and I have to say it was a great score for the way I played. I could so easily have shot four or five over par if things hadn't gone for me. That said I did miss two good chances for birdies on my last two holes, but like all golfers I?m always looking for more!!

The weekend was not so good for me. I got off to a bad start on Saturday, bogeying the first hole from a three putt. It didn't get any better from here. A few bad shots and bad breaks, along with a couple of three putts and it all added up to 75. When I started out it wasn't easy but it certainly wasn't as tough as I made it. It was very disappointing as a good round would have moved me nicely up the leaderboard, whereas my 75 plummeted me like an anchor.

Sunday was another poor day. Again a few missed putts and a couple of visits to the water all added up to four over par. Even though I finished four over for the week I know that I didn't play like it. I didn't have a great performance on the greens and a few poor shots cost me. This aside, there was a lot of good stuff. I played nicely on Thursday and chipped and putted when I had to.

The shots that cost me definitely came from being poor mentally. I am addressing this and am determined to have my game ready both physically and mentally for the Open. I can see from the range that the physical game is very close and really all that is holding it back is the mental side. I have three weeks to work on it so as to be ready for The Open.

While it was a disappointing week in Hartford in terms of my result, I am leaving knowing what needs work.

Talk soon,

I'm in Hartford, Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. I've been a regular here for quite a while now and it's a week I look forward to as I enjoy the course and area. As you would imagine I always get great support here as there is no shortage of Irish in the area.

I got in on Monday to New York and stayed there for the night as I was being awarded with the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association's Gold Tee Award. It was a great honour to be presented with this prestigious award and there was a great turnout for it.

On Tuesday I had a number of commitments, from a photo shoot for Wilson to playing a few holes with some kids from the First Tee. As a result of all this, I didn't play any holes on the course, although I got some work done on the range. I wasn't too worried as I have played the course many times and I was due to play the pro-am.

On Wednesday I played the afternoon pro-am with a friend of mine, Bill Heyman. We have played the last few years and become good friends. Unfortunately we didn't do any good but we did enjoy ourselves. I was happy with how I hit the ball, I made a few birdies and hit plenty of good shots. All in all, just about how you would like to play on a Wednesday. The course is in great shape and as good as I have seen it since I have been coming here. It's probably a little firmer than usual, which makes it a little shorter but trickier.

I had last week off and did quite a bit of practice. As normal when I have done a lot of practice, it takes me a round to get back into tournament mode and I could see that in the pro-am. When I started out I was a little ropey in terms of my mental approach but by the end of it I was feeling good.

I was happy with how I played in the pro-am and I am feeling good about things. I like the course and have had some decent results here over the years. I'm out early on Thursday at 7.50 am with Johnny Vegas and Ryan Moore.

Talk soon,