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Harrington: Mental edge is back
02 Mar 2015 20:08
Ever since Padriag Harrington won the US PGA Championship in 2008, it’s fair to say that he has endured a barren time on the fairways. Changing his swing after winning a third major did not have the desired effect, with many wondering why he tinkered at all with his swing when he was at the top of his game.
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Winning the Indonesian Open last December was a welcome boost for Harrington and his play-off victory against Daniel Berger at the Honda Classic on Monday is a further indication that the Dubliner can feature prominently again in the big events.
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That success has earned him a return ticket to the Masters in April and a big rise in the world rankings to 82.
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Harrington believes he can be a genuine contender again and adds that his recent problems have been mental.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I really do believe in myself. I think I've found that mental edge that I've been lacking the last number of years.
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"Hopefully I'll be able to stick with that going forward and be consistently contending because I know if I am contending I can win."
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He added: "When I get in contention I can hit the shots. The problem has been actually when I'm starting the week, middle of the road shots, easy shots, I'm just not hitting them.
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"When I've got tough shots I can hit them."
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Reflecting further on his barren run, Harrington quipped: "You do see some changes. You go from the penthouse to the still pretty nice hotels. There’s no doubt on your way back down it’s a lot different."
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