Padraig Harrington will be keen to taste success this week at the Crans-Sur-Sierre European masters, following what’s been an underwhelming past few years.
The Dublin native will know that the pinnacle of his golfing career may well be behind him in the forever distant 2008, but that should not stop him from being more than capable of challenging for titles every now and again.
Of course, five years ago, the 42-year-old golfer went through the most purple of patches as he swept home a flurry of impressive wins in the form of the PGA Championship, the Open as well as winning the PGA Tour Player of the Year award. It truly was the stuff of dreams for Harrington, although there are few who would deny that he deserved it.
So, clearly Harrington is talented player, but with such a large gap between victories, there will always be a question of mentality.
This week will be a big test of that as the Dubliner looks to prove something to himself. Effectively, returning to a course after more than a decade of absence seems almost like a statement of intent – a signal of a fresh start.
As reported by the Irish Times on Thursday morning, it’s been 13 years since Harrington has played at the Omega European Masters, and the course has changed considerably in the meantime. But golf can be an unpredictable mistress at times, and although it’s unlikely, there can be no telling if this will play in to his hands or not.
After all, 13 is only unlucky for some.
And when the Irishman takes to the first tee later on Thursday, one can be sure that his spirits will be high – almost as high as the course itself which is played at altitude, and he will be vying to taste success once again.
For his sake, let’s hope he puts in a good showing.
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