Padraig Harrington will take time to "smell the roses" as he returns to the scene of his first major title in this week's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a play-off in 2007 and successfully defended the title 12 months later at Royal Birkdale, finishing four shots ahead of Ian Poulter.

"I'm coming back as kind of a defending champion although Jordan [Spieth] won last year and it does make it a little more special," Harrington said.

"I'm quite familiar with Carnoustie so it's not the same as Birkdale but it's always nice to be back in a place where you've played well and I will make the effort to enjoy myself this week. I'll make the effort to smell the roses."

Harrington believes experience will be key this week with Carnoustie playing extremely hard and fast following a lengthy dry spell in Scotland.

"Links experience is exceptionally important, you'd have to go back to Hoylake in 2006 to see something as fiery," the 46-year-old added. "It does play into the hands of guys who can thread the ball around.

"The great thing about this golf course is you can't take all the trouble out, you are going to have to take some risk. It's very difficult to play short of the bunkers all the time."