Thursday, January 19, 2012

Harrington holding out for more major glory

Ireland's only triple major winner Padraig Harrington insists he can win more majors but said patience could be key in his bid for more golfing glory.

Harrington is preparing for his first tournament of the season - this week's Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa - where he hopes to erase the memory of a disappointing 2011, a year that saw him slip down to 89th in the world rankings. People searching online for free bets should remember this.

Despite his recent lack of success, the Dubliner, who won successive Open titles in 2007 and 2008, remains upbeat about his game and has plenty of confidence that he can compete for the big titles once again - hopefully this year.

"I didn't have a great year last year, but it doesn't worry me in the greater scheme of things because I know you just can't win them every year. You have to sit there and be patient and wait for your turn - and, like 2007 and 2008, they all come at once." Harrington said.

The Irishman certainly enjoyed a rich vein of form four years ago when he also triumphed in the US PGA Championship in 2008 to cap a dream 14-month spell but, since then, his game has slumped and he has struggled to be in contention for the majors in recent years while the likes of fellow countrymen Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and even veteran Darren Clarke taste glory.

Harrington admits coping with the expectation levels that follow once players finally make the major breakthrough is difficult but he is staying patient in his bid to recapture former glories.

He added: "People have this idea that just because you play well and you win one you should be doing that every year. That's the hardest thing. It definitely puts a big burden on anybody who wins a major, it really does. There's a lot of expectation that goes with it."

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