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St. Jude Classic

Date: 07 Jun - 10 Jun 2018
Location: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee

Entry Date:
Jun 6, 2018

It was a long week in terms of the golf, but it felt like a quick week in Memphis. As I only got in Tuesday night it meant that the week went by quickly. It wasn't the week I was hoping for but it wasn't far away either.

I finished in a tie for 56th on two over par, but I felt that I played a lot better than that for most of the week. My rounds got off to good starts, but my back nines were poor. I was four under par in the first round with two holes to play but I bogeyed them both. I had a case of that sort of thing all week. In the final round I was one under for the tournament with four to play and I doubled two of my last four holes....

I hit a lot of very good shots during the week and my striking on the range was very good, but last week my poor shots were very costly - I hit seven balls into water hazards! The 18th was the most costly for me as I hit my drive in the water all four days and ended up playing the hole in six over par for the week. If I had played that hole in level par then it would have been a solid week.

Golf, however, is full of ifs and buts. Whilst my finish hasn't shown it, I know that my game is very close. If I can eliminate the couple of poor shots that I am hitting in a round then I can see myself having some very good weeks. My short game is getting better and better, whilst I can see my confidence coming back in it by the shots that I am hitting.

I'm disappointed to have finished where I did but I left knowing I am very close to getting on a good run. I'm off for the week so will be glued to the TV from Thursday to Sunday watching the US Open. I'd love to be there but unfortunately not this year.....

I'm looking forward to a week at home. I'll take it easy and do some practice, but not too much.

Talk soon,
Padraig.

FedEx St. Jude Classic
Final round of one over par 71 for Padraig at the FedEx St. Jude Classic left him in a tie for 56th place. He again got off to a nice start with two early birdies, coming on the par five, 3rd hole, (up and down from a greenside bunker) and the par four, 5th hole, where he holed a nice 30 foot putt. This had him out in 33 shots but a double bogie on the par four, 15th hole, ( where he found heavy rough and a penalty shot), plus another dropped shot at the finishing hole, (six dropped shots for the week), made it another disappointing finish. Dustin Johnson reclaimed the world number one spot from Justin Thomas with a four shot victory on a 19 under par total.

Padraig shoots a third round of one over par 71 to leave himself in tied 58th going into Sundays final round. He got off to a nice start with two early birdies to be out in 33 shots. He then dropped two early shots on the back nine, where he found sand and water on the 10th and 11th holes but birdied the par five 16th before another poor finish saw him double bogie the last hole. He won't remember the 18th hole fondly, as he has dropped a total of five shots there over the three days! He tees off Sunday at 8.19am, local time, with James Hahn.

Second round of 72 sees Padraig make the cut on the mark at level par after an up and down round that contained a bit of everything. He got off to a poor start with a dropped shot on his opening hole (the 10th) but hit back nicely with consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes where he hit his approach shots close. But he then doubled bogied the 9th hole where he found trouble off the tee to turn in one over par. He picked up a shot on the par three 4th hole to get back to level par for the day but two late dropped shots put him on the cut mark. He tees off Saturday at 7.34am local time.

Padraig opens his account at the FedEx St Jude Classic with a very solid round of two under par but will rue his finish after some stellar play on the day. He got off to the perfect start with a couple of birdies and then holed a bomb (40 feet), on the par three, 6th hole, to get to three under par. He dropped a shot at the 7th hole, where he found rough off the tee, to be out in 33 shots and near the top of the leader board. He then added two more birdies at the 11th and 12th holes to be joint leader and swapped a birdie with a bogie to stand of the par four 17th at four under par. Two finishing bogies, the last where he found water off the tee, took the gloss of an otherwise fine days play. He is just outside the top twenty with compatriot, Seamus Power, leading the way at five under par. Padraig tees off late Friday, at 12.50pm, local time

Padraig returns to the PGA Tour after the disappointment of missing out on U.S Open qualifying in England during the week. The FedEx St Jude Classic is played at TPC Southwinds, in Memphis, and is a tree lined par 70 course where the scoring is quite tough. You need a bit of everything to score around here and it is a thinkers golf course, which should suit Padraig. Daniel Berger is your defending champion this week, he shot a ten under par total in 2017 to win. Padraig tees off at 7.50am with James Hahn and his good friend, Shane Lowry.

After my 36 holes at Walton Heath on Monday attempting to qualify for the US Open, I am now in Memphis for the FedEx St Jude Classic. It has already been a long week and it is only Wednesday! In the US Open qualifying I missed out on a playoff by one shot. Tuesday was spent traveling and on Wednesday I played the pro-am here in Memphis.

The good thing about coming here after the qualifying is that I know the course well and so it is not a big deal that I didn't get to see it on Tuesday. The pro-am was only nine holes. I played the back nine so haven?t seen the front nine this week but the course hasn't changed in years so it's not a big deal.

After the pro-am Shane Lowry and myself had a couple of chipping competitions which ended in a tie. After that I spent some time hitting balls and a lot of time practicing my putting. I had a few three putts at Walton Heath, a lot of it was to do with the change in the speed of greens from Italy to Walton Heath. With this in mind I spent a lot of time working on my pace putting.

This week I am playing with Shane and James Hahn. We are early on Thursday and late on Friday. It's a great draw as I know Shane and myself will have fun and James is a great guy too.

As I got in late this week it feels that I am straight into the tournament which is actually nice. When you know a course well being there early can make the week feel very long. This way there is no hanging around and it's straight into the first round.

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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