Padraig Harrington is determined to finish the season on a high after rediscovering his form in his last two tournaments.
The triple major winner contended at both The WGC-Bridgestone in Ohio and at the USPGA in Minnesota, but both challenges ended after encounters with water hazards.
However, after a difficult season during which Harrington completely changed his swing, this resurgence of form has given the 37-year-old the impetus to end the year well.
“I am motivated to finish off my season well and I will try to have a good run,” Harrington told IrishCentral at Irish America magazine's Wall Street 50 awards dinner on Monday night.
Harrington is in the field for this weekend's Barclays classic at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, the first of the Fedex Cup Playoffs, and he has been getting accustomed to the new course ahead of the tournament on Thursday.
"I was there today (Monday) and I will practice Tuesday and Wednesday. It is a new golf course and I have got to get to know it.”
He seems to have put the quintuple bogey 8 at the par 3 eighth hole in the USPGA and the triple bogey 8 at the 16th in his duel with Tiger Woods at the WGC at Firestone firmly in the past.
“Chipping would be the strongest part of my game, I was just caught in between on both shots. Such is life.
“We are changing grooves at the end of the year and I have been preparing myself for that and I was caught out a little bit. These things happen. It is not an issue for me, and overall I have to be very careful that my focus is good rather than anything else."
From January 1 of next year, the dimensions in the grooves of clubs between 5 iron and wedges will change. The reason for this decision is to create less spin on the ball when hit, and it favors golfers who keep the ball on the fairway, as chipping out of the rough will be more difficult. Harrington sees it more of a challenge than a hindrance.
“It will change things, but I will adapt to the change. I am not worried about it, but it will change things.”
Harrington did get a little chance to unwind while he was at home recently, as he and his wife Caroline were guests at the wedding of pop singer Andrea Corr and Brett Desmond, son of finanicer and owner of Celtic FC, Dermot Desmond..
“I had a great couple of days, it was a great weeding.”
However, always the professional, Harrington didn’t really take any time off. “I still managed to get my practice in and my gym work in.”
Harrington tees off on Thursday at 12.27 pm with Bob Estes and Jason Day.
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