Tuesday, November 29

Padraig Harrington Hopes for Hong Kong Surprise

By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission. 

Padraig Harrington needs a high finish.
PADRAIG HARRINGTON WILL BE KUNG-FU fighting for his short-term future in Hong Kong this week. The world No 81 knows he must finish in the top 6 if he’s to make the top-60 money winners who qualify for next week’s Dubai World Championship finale—a battle that will put 60th ranked Peter Lawrie in his crosshairs.

It’s an interesting challenge but his biggest worry is getting back into the world’s top 50 as soon as possible so he can contest all the World Golf Championships next season and give himself the best possible chance of earning his seventh Ryder Cup cap.

Gunning for his first win for 13 months, Harrington said: “It’s quite important to be in the top 50 in the world, certainly for the two World Golf Championships in February and March. Yes, I probably need a top six in Hong Kong to qualify for Dubai but I’m only thinking of winning because if you win, everything else takes care of itself.”

Harrington has every reason to be optimistic about his chances in Hong Kong. He’s only played there twice but won the event in 2003 and finished second to Miguel Angel Jimenez the following year.

He said: “It’s going to be my last event of the year unless I win €50,000 plus to get to Dubai. I’m very keen to stay out there playing but my whole season hardly comes down to this.

“If I win in Hong Kong or win the Dubai World Championship then you could say that both weeks had a bearing on my season. But other than that, no, my season is what it is.”

Harrington could be forced to change his early 2012 schedule if he fails to make the top 64 in the world before the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona from February 22-25 or the top 50 before the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.

“At this moment I would be very positive,” Harrington said. “I am playing well so hopefully I won’t need to change anything.”

Brian Keogh covers golf for The Irish Sun and contributes to a variety of golf publications. Pay him a visit at Irish Golf Desk.

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Mark said...

He's a workhorse, making changes and trying new things to play better, I hope that he does well. I like his age group too as you can relate to these guys that are getting up there in age as opposed to the Fowlers, and Mcelroy's. I always route for the guys that are in their 40's!

Ski Organizers said...

“At this moment I would be very positive,” Harrington said. “I am playing well so hopefully I won’t need to change anything.”

That's the spirit!... If there's a will there's always a way. I know he can do it.

Golf Clubs at Golf Corners said...

Paddy is a great golfer and is very well respected by his peers. I hope he can win the tournament again, which would propel him to many more tournaments. Even though this weekend will be full of golf with Tiger's tourney and the Q-School tourney, this event will be a great one to watch.