Shiners Hospital for Children Opens.
A one over par round of 72 sees Padraig fail to make the final round in Las Vagas. He recorded four birdies but on a day when his playing partner shot 62 , he again failed to capitalize on the greens. A double bogie six on the his ninth hole did the most damage but a late bogie saw him miss the final round cut by one shot.
Padraig shoots a fine second round of two under par to leave himself at three under par and seven behind the leaders heading into the weekends play. He went out in level par swapping an early bogie with a nice 25 ft putt birdie on his 7th hole but found himself in trouble after another dropped shot on the par four 10th hole. To his credit he fought back with three closing birdies in his last five holes to comfortably make the cut. He tees off in the third round at 9.50am local time with Brice Garnett and Jimmy Walker.
Padraig opens his account in Las Vagas with a one under par round of 70. Seven under par leads after round one. Three birdies and two bogies made up his card on a day when he failed to capitalize on good scoring conditions with little or no wind. He tees off early Friday, first out at 6.50am on the first tee and will be hoping to go low with perfect putting surfaces!
Padraig is back in the States for a couple of weeks and plays in Las Vagas this week in the Shiners Hospital for Children Open. It is being played on TPC Summerlin, a par 71 course that yields lots of birdies and the winning score is normally well under par. Webb Simpson won the event last year with a 260 total and again plays this week. Padraig tees off at 11.40am local time with Erik Compton and big hitting Brooks Koepka and will be hoping to build on some good form shown at the rain interrupted Portugal Masters tournament last week.
This week I am starting my 2015 season on the PGA Tour in Las Vegas at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which is the first of four tournaments I am playing in here before Christmas. I have been lucky enough to get an invite this week to start my season off and as I didn't make it into any of the final four events in Europe, playing here gets me a head start on the season.
I got here on Monday afternoon after coming from Portugal and by the time I got checked in to my hotel it was too late to head to the course. To be honest I don't think I would have gone even if there was any light as I was a bit jet lagged. I ended up meeting up with a couple of guys and headed out for dinner and a drink afterwards.
On Tuesday I played a round at a course called Wolf Creek with Trevor Immelman and a kid called R.J. Wren who had been treated at the Schriners Hospital, which was great fun. R.J. was really a nice kid and fun to be around. I hit the ball very well and I don't think I could ask to hit it any better.
On Wednesday I played the tournament course in the pro-am. It was my first time seeing it this week but I played it about eight or nine years ago in this event. When I stood on the tees of each of the holes I could remember most of them which was nice. I didn't hit the ball as good as I had the day before but I did putt really well and came off the course really happy with it. I hit some poor shots at the start but by the end of the round I started to hit it pretty decent.
The course is in very good condition and by the look of the greens it will come down to a putting contest, which I am more than happy about with the way I am putting. There are plenty of birdies to be made on the course but if you start to miss the fairways it can be very tricky coming out of the rough as the ball tends come out hot. Also this week, the course is at a little bit of altitude so we have to make an adjustment of about 5% to the yardage. When you add all this up with the fact that it can get windy, it can make for interesting clubbing!
I am feeling good about my game and in particular my putting. Over the last few weeks I have felt that it has turned the corner and in fact could be better than it ever was. I really looking forward to playing this week and testing it out again.
The hardest thing about this week is actually getting yourself to play golf. Three is so much going on in this city that you feel playing a tournament means you are missing out. Every night is a party here!