Harrington's missed cut in Singapore had a silver lining
Padraig Harrington rates it as one of the kindest cuts of all.
Missing the final two rounds of the Singapore Open gave Ireland's three-time Major champion the chance to do some priceless work last weekend with English motivational coach David Alred.
Harrington reckons those sessions at Sentosa will boost his prospects of breaking his four-year win drought on the European Tour at this week's Hong Kong Open.
Explaining in his internet blog that he "got distracted quite a bit" during the first 36 holes in Singapore, Harrington went on: "So David Alred and I went out on the other course on the resort on Saturday and Sunday and worked on my routines. It was quality work.
"If I'd made the cut, I wouldn't have been able to get it done. While I'm never happy to miss a cut, I did get a lot of benefit out of missing this one.
"So, I'm feeling good about things," added Harrington, who certainly knows his way around Fanling after winning the Hong Kong Open in 2003 and finishing runner-up the following winter.
Next week's DP World Championship in Dubai will be Harrington's final outing before his winter break.
Though he hasn't won on either the European or US Tour since securing a sensational third Major title in 13 months at the 2008 US PGA, Harrington's confidence was boosted by last month's success in the prestigious PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter share the spotlight with home favourite Adam Scott going into the first round of the Talisker Aussie Masters at Melbourne's Kingston Heath.
At Woburn in England none of the Irish quartet managed to break par in the first round of the Europro Tour Championship. Michael McGeady, Paul Cutler and Jonathan Caldwell all posted two-over 74s to lie five off the pace, while Tim Rice shot 75.