My season on the PGA Tour has come to a disappointing end. I went to Greensboro needing a win to move onto the first FedEx Play-off event but ended up missing the cut.
Missing the cut was hard to take as it also means that I have lost my US PGA Tour card, which is the first time since I have been a professional that I have not retained my playing rights. However I am lucky enough to have my All Time Money Winner category to rely upon but it is still extremely disappointing to have to use it.
I finished on four over par this week after shooting two rounds of 72, which were poor scores as the conditions were good. It was my short game that let me down again, particularly in the first round. I missed a number of short putts and hit a lot of poor chip shots. During my second round I had a four putt on my sixth hole of the day, which cost me a double bogey on a hole that I was expecting to birdie. Along with this I missed too many fairways and the course was very hard to play from the rough. All in all it was a bad week. Nowhere near what I needed or expected.
I spent the weekend in New York with Caroline and the kids. It was nice to get away from everything and have a few days hanging out with Paddy and Ciaran. I am off next week and will sit down and decide where I will play next.
A disappointed Padraig misses the cut at the Wyndham Championship on a day where his putting was very poor including a horror four putt on the par five 15th hole. Three bogies and three birdies made up the rest of his card to record a second 72 which was six strokes outside the cut line. Commenting afterwards he said, "I just can't seem to get out of my own way, I am finding it tough to bring my good form onto the golf course!"
Padraig opened his account at the Wyndham Championship with a two over par round of 72. Five bogies and three birdies made up his round on a day when not much went right for him. He got off to a poor start with a bogie on the first where he missed the fairway off the tee. Another bogie followed on the fourth hole where he three putted and this set the tone for the day. A level par back nine steadied the ship and an early tee time today will hopefully produce a low scoring second round. He tees off at 8.10am local time Friday.
Padraig continues on the USPGA Tour with one of the most prestigious events on the calendar, the Wyndham Championship, which is held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC. It was first played in 1938 and celebrates 75 years this year, the past winners being a who's who of golfing legends including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson! Indeed, in 1945 Byron Nelson won, his third win on the way to eleven consecutive victories on tour that year. Padraig has played in the event before and likes the course, it yields birdies and fourteen under par won the event last year. Padraig tees off in the opening round at 1.25pm local time with Troy Merritt and Robert Karlsson.
After a poor season here in the States I am playing the final event before the FedEx Play-offs in need of a win to qualify for the first event, The Barclays. I have been here at The Wyndham Championship twice before needing to qualify for the play offs, succeeding once and failing once. However, for those two occasions I needed a lot less than a win to progress. I turn up at every tournament I play trying to win, so this week is no different in that respect.
I have played here twice before, I like the course and the tournament,t but neither time have I played that well. The first year I did enough to move into the Play-offs but last year I missed the cut and as a result failed to progress. The course is in good condition, a little wet in places as we have had some heavy showers but in general it is in good shape to score. It is the sort of course that you can score well on but also if you are just a little off it can be tough.
After last week I have spent a lot of time working on my putting, which is what really cost me making the cut on Friday, so I know that it has to improve. I have done a lot of work on the putting green this week, spending time hitting short putts, long putts and going through my drills. I have also adjusted my set up a bit so than at I am not standing quite as open as I normally do. It has helped in practice so I am hopeful for the week ahead.
My long game is in fine shape, so I haven't spent too much time on this area, in fact I hit the ball plenty good enough last week to finish well up the leaderboard rather than missing the cut.
It is disappointing to be in the position that I am in, in terms of the FedEx Cup. However I know that a win here can solve a lot of things and if it doesn't work out then it is not the end of the world either. I will be trying hard to get a long overdue win this week and hopefully the work I have done on my putting pays off. I am playing late Thursday and then early Friday,