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Open de France

Date: 30 Jun - 03 Ju1 2016
Location: Le Golf National, Paris, France

Entry Date:
Jun 30, 2016

100th Open de France.
Padraig is back on the European tour for a run of events that includes the third major of the year, The Open Championship. This week he tees it up at the National course just outside Paris for the 100th Open de France. A start studded field has assembled this week which includes Roy McIlroy. Padraig tees off at 8.10 in the opening round with Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

This week I am in Paris for the 100th staging of the French Open. It's been a couple of years since I was here last and I have to say it feels good to be back. This is one of the best venues of the year, the course is fantastic and the Versailles area, where we stay, is beautiful. It's only when you are here that you fully appreciate how good a tournament it is.

I only arrived on Monday evening from Japan, but the jet lag hasn't been too bad. I played nine holes on Tuesday after doing some work with my coach, Pete Cowen. After my nine holes I hit a few shots and then headed back to hotel to rest and then on Wednesday I played the pro-am. I haven't gone over board on the practice this week as I want to be fresh come Thursday morning.

The course is very green this year - they have had some heavy rain over the last few weeks, so the rough is heavy and the greens a little soft. With the rough being so heavy it puts a premium on hitting fairways. However, I find this course tough no matter how it plays - there are a lot of intimidating holes, ones where you just have to man up and hit good shots. I like the course but I find it difficult and have found it a tough course to score on over the years.

I've done some work with Pete, had him look at me and he is happy with what he saw. Whilst I was happy with how I hit it last week in Japan, it was nice to hear from Pete that it is on the right track. I'm hitting it well on the range and really just need to trust it on the course. I did a decent job of it last week so there's no reason why it shouldn't continue this week.

I'm looking forward to playing and putting myself under a bit of pressure as I am happy with my game. I'm playing early on Thursday and late on Friday with Matt Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan. It's a good draw as the two lads are playing well - I've played with Andy before but not Matt, so I'm looking forward to seeing him up close.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

ON TOUR

On The Tee

Open de France >>
30 Jun - 03 Ju1 2016
Le Golf National, Paris, France

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FAN MESSAGES

Rick Scheid - So. St. Paul MN. USA : Hi Padraig. I'm 64 and I've been for years an avid watcher of the golf channel. So I watch a lot of golf instruction. Your full swing golf special was so valuable I had to write and tell you. It's made a word of deference in my game. I thank you so very much. Good luck always.

Mike Kilbride - Basingstoke, UK : Best Wishes. Hope to see you win another big tournament soon! Kind Regards, Mike.

David Henry - Clare Ireland : Hi Padraig, Well done at the Open. Thanks for the great excitement Sunday. Hard luck Monday at the 6th. I was there with my son Sean aged 15. Sorry we could not help you find your ball, that would have been nice. Again well done.

Billy - San Francisco : Well done in the open Padraig! you were right there , it was fun to watch.

Jim Sullivan - R.I. USA : FANTASTIC round today! I had remembered you at MASS today! PEACE!

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