Catch up with Padraig's busy playing schedule as well as finding out what he's doing off the course, from his role as the R&A's Working for Golf Ambassador, to the work he does raising awareness for the Special Olympics and as Ireland's Golf Ambassador.

BMW PGA Championship

Date: 25 May - 28 May 2017
Location: Wentworth Club, Surrey, England

Entry Date:
May 24, 2017

BMW PGA Championship.
Padraig shoots a second round of 74 to miss the cut by one but was very disappointed afterwards with his finish. He got off to a slow start to be out on one over par and further bogies followed at the 10th and 12th holes. This left him struggling at four over par for the tournament but he rallied superbly with birdies on the par four, 16th hole and par five, 17th hole to be back inside the cut line but a bogie on the par five 18th dashed his hopes in his comeback tournament.

Padraig opens his account on his return from injury with a one over par round of 73 at Wentworth. He got off to a gentle start with one birdie and one bogie recorded to be out in level par 36 and continued in this vein up to the 13th hole. From there he record only one more par as he made two birdies , a bogie and a card wrecking double bogie on the par five 17th hole. He lies in joint 60th place and has a late tee time Friday at 1.25pm local time.

Padraig returns to action this week after a lengthy injury lay off to compete at the European Tours flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. It is being played, as usual, at Wentworth Golf Course which has undergone some major changes over the years, both to the course design and the greens, in order to enhance the event. There is an enormous 7 million dollar prize fund and it also marks the start of the new Rolex series of events. Exciting times ahead for the European Tour! Padraig tees off at 8.55am local time with Thongchoi Jaidee and Paul Lawrie.

I'm back this week for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. This is my first tournament since the last week of February and I have to say I'm feeling it! I've been back hitting balls for just over two weeks now and so far so good. I haven't had any issues with my neck, in fact for the first few days back it was the only part of me that wasn't aching!

I've been watching a lot of golf on the TV, which is hard as you want to be out there, so to be here now and ready to get into action is great. I?m in need of playing rounds of golf and getting away from the range, so as the first round draws closer I find myself wishing I had played more! However I have the experience to realise that I really won't know what my game is like until I get going in the tournament. In practice this week it's been up and down - I've hit some lovely shots and some poor shots. I find myself distracted by my routines as I haven't been playing and no matter how much I practice them on the range it's not the same as the golf course. The pro-am highlighted this and the only solution to it is to get out and play tournament golf.

I had a great pro-am team this week in AP McCoy, Mick Fitzgerald and Brian O'Driscoll. We had great craic out there but unfortunately we couldn't manage to pull off a victory, although I can assure you it wasn't from the lack of trying.

One of the reasons that I decided to start back this week was because of the changes that have been made to the course. I have heard great things about them over the last few months and it got me excited about playing here. On Tuesday I played 12 holes with Shane and Paul Dunne, which was my first view of the course. I have to say that the team put together to do the design did a great job. It's is back to its old best and it's a course that people want to play again. It has been made easier in some ways but I suppose much more in keeping with its original design. There have been a number of bunkers taken out and a lot of the greens have had the severe slopes reduced, so it is a much more playable course now and if they want to toughen it up then they can tuck the pins away. I enjoyed playing the course on both Tuesday and Wednesday and I am looking forward to getting going in the first round. On the face of it I would say the scoring should be better than what it has been for the last few years as the bunkering is less penal and the greens are pure - I would expect to see slot of putts holed.

I haven't gone mad on practice this week as I am waiting to see what comes out in the tournament - until I see how I play I don't really know what needs work and what doesn't. I'm excited about being back and as always after a long break, apprehensive about how I will play.

I'm playing at 8.55am in the first round with Paul Lawrie and Thongchai Jaidee - the old guys group!!

Talk soon,
Padraig.

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FAN MESSAGES

Mike Kilbride. - Basingstoke. UK. : Great golf in Portugal !! Best Wishes. Mike.

Dennis Buckley - Dublin : Well done sir ! Brilliant stuff.

Michael Reid - Bagor,Northern Ireland : Padraig - brilliant,well done, great to see you winning this. All the best for the future. Regards Michael Reid

Paddy McNamara - Artane : Knew you would do it. Cracking putt on the 18th. Well done. Jumping up and down celebrating. Delighted for you.

Philip Halpenny - Portmarnock Golf Club : Padraig, you've given us so many good days over the years and today was surely one of them. What a pleasure to see those steely eyes deliver at the Victoria Club. Your determination and self belief are an inspiration to all of us still trying to master our great game. Congratulations and thanks for the thrills that keep on coming. PH

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