Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington says he is content with his early-season form despite missing the cut in last week’s HSBC Championship.

The Dubliner finished tied for fifth at the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban in his first tournament of the year but missed out on the weekend action in Abu Dhabi last week after rounds of 71 and 74.

The 42-year-old told RTÉ Sport: “The first couple of events, you’re trying to get a feel for the year. For sure I was happy with my result the first week, [I] probably played a little bit better the second week and missed the cut but that’s the nature of golf.

“Things didn’t fall into place and you do need that nowadays. The standard is pretty hot, it’s actually quite a tight standard out there so you kind of have to stay patient and wait for it to happen. I like what I see of my game.

“I putted quite nicely at times last week. I’m quite looking forward to the next three weeks and test where my game is at.

"After that three weeks you kind of have a good feeling for what you’re going to be doing for the year.”

"I like what I see of my game"

The Dubliner also welcomed the news that the Irish Open, currently still without a title sponsor, will return to Fota Island in Cork.

“It’s still a big event, it’s a national open, it’s got the traditions of a great tournament,” said the 2007 winner.

“At this stage we’ve got some of the best players in Europe who are going to play, albeit they’re the Irish players but we’ve been doing good things on the world scene.

“The fact that you’re going to have Rory [McIlroy] there, you’re going to have Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and myself and a number of other good players – Shane Lowry and others, it really is a strong field.

“It’s the only opportunity now where Irish fans can see their favourite players – I assume their favourite players – live and in person, playing a big golf tournament.

“I have played a number of events in Fota over the years  it’s a great atmosphere there and it’s sure to be an exciting event.”

“I believe the Irish Open is building itself up to be one of the stalwarts of the European Tour and I’m sure that Fota will [prove to be a] success.”

The Irish Open takes place from 19-22 June, the week after the US Open.