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Padraig H. Sitting out of ANOTHER Major.

post #1 of 10
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Paddy had to shoot two nice rounds at the US Open qualifier the last couple days. That didn't happen and he will be watching the US Open on the telly, much like he did with the Masters. It will be the first US Open he's missed in 15 years. At least he's starting to make the cuts in the tournaments he's been entering, just not enough at this point. 

In other Irish news...Shane Lowry continues with his BMW Championship good form and posted the best qualifier score.

http://www.europeantour.com/mm/document/tournament/tournaments/22/43/92/_english.pdf

Welcome to Pinehurst, Shane!

post #2 of 10

That's too bad for Paddy.  I always liked him and wish I got to see more of him.

post #3 of 10

One has to wonder if he doesn't really regret embarking on the swing changes.

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One has to wonder if he doesn't really regret embarking on the swing changes.

I'm sure he does, I'll never understand why players go through swing changes when they are playing really well. 

I'm in the if it ain't broke don't "fix it" mindset. 

 

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I'm sure he does, I'll never understand why players go through swing changes when they are playing really well. 

I'm in the if it ain't broke don't "fix it" mindset. 

 

I think Tiger's swing revamp after his 1st Master's win by 12 stroked in 1997 (because he wanted to be more consistent) encouraged a lot of players to constantly strive to be better.  The adage- if you are not improving, then you are getting passed also comes to mind.  

 

As many of us know, making swing changes can be difficult- it may be better for many to stick with a "flawed" but consistently repeatable swing that is working well for them rather than trying to retrain muscle memory to consistently repeat a improved swing.  

post #6 of 10

I saw an interview with Paddy where he explained that if he thought he could improve he would do whatever he could to do it.  I think it was during a master press conference a few years back, maybe 2012.  He noted that over the prior 5 years, nobody had won more majors than him.  He seemed very sure in his decision.  Publicly, at least.

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I saw an interview with Paddy where he explained that if he thought he could improve he would do whatever he could to do it.  I think it was during a master press conference a few years back, maybe 2012.  He noted that over the prior 5 years, nobody had won more majors than him.  He seemed very sure in his decision.  Publicly, at least.

He just recently changed his mindset about practicing and posted it on his facebook journals. He stated he was practicing far too much for his age and had to tone it done lately. Subsequently right after...he started playing better and making cuts. Was even in contention going into Sunday a couple weekends ago. 

Live and learn I guess. Sometimes you just learn too late. Who knows what would have happened if him and Tiger would have just kept with the swings that had them dominating. 

post #8 of 10

This obviously means that the US Open field is weak and shame on them for not giving Padraig an invitation!!

 

Right Ricky?? ;-)

post #9 of 10
Really disappointing, other golfers who didn't qualify include Robert Karlsson, Jose Maria Olazabal, Alvaro Quiros, Rafa Cabrera Bello, and my personal favorite Siddikur Rahman 😆
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It's a shame for Padraig, but you just know that at some point he will find form and earn his way back into Major Championships.

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