ATT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.
Padraig is back at one of his favourite tournaments of the year, the ATT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am. As a past winner of the team event, he has fond memories of the event played over three iconic courses, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hills and the Monterey Peninsula. He tees it up this year in an all Irish fourball with Shane Lowry and regular amateur playing partners, JP McManus and Dermot Desmond. They start on Thursday at 9.50am local time on the Monterey Peninsula course.
This week I am back in Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am. I've been coming here for years now and it's a tournament that I really look forward to every year. I really like the three courses, I get to play with JP and opposite Shane and Dermot Desmond ? it?s like having a friendly fourball with your mates.
Shane and I travelled up together on Monday afternoon, but by the time we got here and organised our cars and other things there wasn't much time left to practice so I took the day off. On Tuesday we played a match at Pebble, JP and I against Shane and Dermot - we lost the match but won the press so no money changed hands. It was only a nine hole match so the lads headed in, but I played another 5 holes as I wanted to play the last hole. After playing I met Shane and Paul Dunne for a few chipping and putting contests, which was good news for Paul and myself as we took some of Shane's money! You can't beat that sort of practice and it reminds me of when I was kid starting to play, as it was how we practiced all the time.
On Wednesday, Shane and myself played Monterey Peninsula CC and again I managed to help him part with some money - he's making a good contribution to my dinner fund!
I'm a lot happier with my game than I was last week. The weekend practicing in Phoenix has made a huge difference, I have managed to simplify things in my head and it has freed me up. I'm happy with how I have played these past two days and am looking forward to getting started. The great thing about this tournament is that I am not just playing for myself, as we are playing a team event as well - both JP and myself will be trying hard to add another title to our tally.
We are starting on MPCC followed by Pebble Beach and then Spyglass Hill. The courses are in good shape and the forecast is great for the week. All we need now is some good golf on our part.