Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Disappointment for Padraig as he misses the cut at one of his favourite tournaments. His final round of one under par 71 at St. Andrews left him with a total of one under par which was an extraordinary five shots outside the cut line at six under par. Not a lot happened for Padraig on a Saturday where he got off to a slow start opening with seven straight pars but at least a birdie on the last sent him home smiling!
Second round of three under par 69 at Kingsbarns sees Padraig make very little progress as the scores continue to improve as the weather stays very calm in Scotland. He got off to a solid start with three early birdies to be out in three under par but failed to capitalise on his good start and it now looks like he will need a mid 60's score at St. Andrews to progress!
Padraig starts his Dunhill campaign with a three over par round of 75 at the toughest of the three courses, Carnoustie. He got off to a quiet start with one birdie and one bogie to be out in level par. With two reachable par 5's at the 12th and 14th holes, he had cause for optimisim on the back nine but a dropped shot on the 10th got him off to a poor start. He secummed to the tough finish at Carnoustie with dropped shots at three of the last four holes to leave himself needing a low round tomorrow at Kingsbarns. He tees early Friday at 10.28am with David Lingmerth.
Padraig is back on the European tour for this weeks Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. It is an event that he has fond memories of having won both the Championship in 2002 and 2006 and also added the pro-am event with regular partner, JP McManus. It is played, as usual, over three of Scotlands finest links, St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Padraig tees off with fellow Irishman, Shane Lowry at 11.12 am local time on one of his Major winning courses, Carnoustie.
This week I am playing in one of my favourite tournaments of the year, the Dunhill Links Championship. I look forward to this week every year as we play three great courses in a format that I love. As always I am playing with JP - we have won it twice and would like nothing more than to add a third title.
I was at home last week, relaxing and practicing. I played a game at Portmarnock GC on Friday, where Ronan and myself took on Noel Fox and Jody Fanagan. We were hammered by them but it was good fun and nice to get out playing some links golf before coming over here.
I got in on Monday evening and played nine holes at St Andrews on Tuesday and eighteen at Kingsbarns on Wednesday. Over both days I played with Kieran McManus, Cian Foley, JP and Gerry McManus. We always play and have some good competitive matches which I look forward to as much as I do the tournament. This year we are experiencing a heatwave here - everyday so far has been like a summer's day and the forecast for the rest of the week is similar. Everyone brought their winter woollies but it looks like we will be playing in t-shirts.
I haven't played Carnoustie but the other two courses are in great shape. I've hit a few balls with Pete Cowan for him to have a look over what I was doing and all is good. I've played nicely in practice and more importantly feel good about my putting. The work I did at home is feeling good and I am continuing with my confident attitude. I'm really looking forward to getting started.
We got the dream draw this week in that we first play Carnoustie, followed by Kingsbarns and St Andrews. We get the traveling over by Friday, but now we just need to get ourselves into contention for Sunday evening.