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Padraig Harrington

Missed cut at Players Championship down to putting, says Padraig Harrington

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Padraig Harrington

I am back home after missing the cut at the Players. I went into the week really looking forward to the tournament as I had played so well on the Sunday of Quail Hollow.

However, I wasn't able to bring that form into the tournament; it's not that I played poorly, I just played adequately. The problem was that I didn't putt very well; my game was fine to get me around the course in a few under par but when you are not converting the chances it makes scoring very difficult.

When I look back on my rounds I could easily have made the cut - I missed a lot of chances in both rounds and as a result I was on the back foot from early on in the second round. The fact that the scoring was very good didn't help either as it made every putt I missed feel worse.

Even though I missed the cut I am not worried about my game - the week in Quail Hollow helped me clear a few things up in my head. I am disappointed to have missed the cut as it is never a good feeling when you are sitting watching the weekend of the tournament at home.

However, I am looking forward to a week off to fine tune the few things I got clear in my head. The good thing about it is that I can do it on the course in practice, so I don't have to spend hours on the range. My next tournament is the BMW PGA Championship at Wenthworth next week; I am looking forward to playing it as they have re-laid the greens and made other course changes for the better.

I got home on Sunday morning after a bit of a delay due to the volcanic ash but nothing too major. It did mean that I got to watch the final round at home - I was disappointed for Lee Westwood as he had played so well during the week.

However, it was a great win by Tim Clark, especially for his first win. Conditions definitely looked tougher on the Sunday than they had been for the first two days, with the greens looking like they had dried out and got a lot firmer. When they get like that it really is a tough golf course.

It has been a while since I played well at Sawgrass and now I have to wait another year. However, it is done with and I am looking forward to my next tournament, which will also be my first event in Europe this year.


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