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Its been an incredible run for Irishman Padraig Harrington. He capture his first major championship in 2007 at Carnoustie and followed it up by repeating his form as Open Champion in 2008. And then the icing on the cake came at the PGA Championship. “I think they were two
distinctive wins,” Harrington explained prior to
playing in the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda.
“At the Open Championship, I played within
myself. I hit all the shots that I needed to hit to
win the tournament. At the PGA, in some ways,
I stole the event and to be honest with you,
that’s more exciting, that’s more fun when you
do it like that. I had an opportunity and I took it.
There’s nothing like it in golf when you get the
opportunity to hole a couple of putts down the
stretch and you actually take it. So there were
two different ways to win. I tell people the PGA
was probably more exciting than the Open, but
the Open was more satisfying.”
The last 15 months have been story book like
for the Irishman, on a personal basis other than
the Ryder Cup. It is easy to become satisfied
with one’s past performance, but Harrington is
aware he still has some unfinished business in
front of him. “ I still have a chance to win the
Order of Merit, so that’s very strong in my mind
right now,” he said in reference to the near term.
Meanwhile, he is already thinking about 2009. “I’ve gone into practice mode for next year,” he said. “My mind is on different things. I’m thinking about next year and so that always leaves a little bit of a lull in what you’re doing. Work has to be done in your game at some stage, so you’ve got to take a chance at this time of the year that even though you’re making some changes, you might perform OK. It’s not the most reliable way of playing.”
Despite three majors to his credit, Harrington believes his swing isn’t up to par and he’s borrowing a page from Tiger’s playbook. “I’ve got six months to get ready for the next major. I’m working on my swing, so I’m obviously sidetracked at the moment. If you’re going to tinker with your golf swing, you’ve got to wait for the off-season. The off-season’s got so short, you have to do it at the end of the in-season.”