Padraig misses the cut at the Barclays after a second round of five over par 75. He now sits in 99th place in the Fed Ex Cup standings and will be hoping that he is not passed over the weekend by players outside the top 100 who will progress to next weeks event. His round contained seven bogies and just two birdies on a day when not much went right for him.
Disappointing opening round of three over par 73 for Padraig at the Barclays. On a day where the course yielded some birdies, Padraig putted poorly and played the four par 3's in a combined four over par. He did manage two birdies but both were from close range and will be hoping for a low round Friday to make the weekend cut. Five under par leads after round one. He tees off at midday local time in the second round.
The Fed Ex cup playoffs are here with the opening event "The Barclays" taking place at Plainfields Country Club in New York. The top 125 on tour compete this week with the top 100 going forward to next weeks Deutsche Bank Championship. Padraig is currently in 87th place so a strong showing in the next few weeks would give him the chance to make it all the way to Eastlands for the Tour Championship final. He tees off early on day one at 7.20am local time with J.J Henry and Jason Kokrak.
After a nice week off hanging out with Caroline and the lads, I am back in action at The Barclays in New Jersey, the first of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs. From here on it is knock-out: 125 players start this week and next week it is reduced to 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship, followed by 70 at the BMW Championship and then 30 at the Tour Championship. I am lying 87th coming in here this week and to ensure that I make it to next week I need to finish no worse than 65th. However I'm not thinking about what I need to do to be there next week, I am here looking to give myself a chance to win so that I am in control of my own destiny.
In my week off I didn't play any golf and I tried as much as possible to rest my knee. It's been ok, still niggles when I do a bit of walking but nothing as bad as during the PGA Championship week.
I arrived at Plainfield Country Club on Tuesday afternoon and did some practice. I didn't play any holes, just hit some balls and did a lot of putting. I played here in 2011 and was due to play the Wednesday pro-am, so I was happy not to play on Tuesday.
On Wednesday I played in the morning pro-am and then spent a few hours putting afterwards. My knee held up well for the round, which I was happy about. It wasn't sore whilst hitting shots, but it got a little annoying near the end with all the waking. My game was a little rusty after the week off but nothing to worry about.
I remembered the course a lot better once I got on it. It's a funky corse with a lot of undulating greens and a good mix of long and short holes. The overall yardage is not long but the longer holes do play long. What makes it seem short is that there are a couple of driveable par fours. I like the course, it's funky but good. The rough is very heavy which makes it play tough, but if you are coming off the fairway then you can score even with the difficult greens.
I'm playing early on Thursday and late on Friday, which is a nice draw as I get out early for the first round with good greens.