Tuesday 6 December 2016

Harrington's putter woes

Published 20/06/2011 | 05:00

Padraig Harrington failed to break par in any of his four rounds at the US Open after wrestling with his putter all week at Congressional.

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Ireland's three-times Major champion opened with a birdie in yesterday's final round but hopes of a final flourish were dashed as he dropped three shots in four holes through the turn on his way to a two-over-par 73.

"I haven't putted well all week," he confessed after a mid-40s finish on five-over, a lacklustre display which does little to improve his current position outside the elite top-50 in the world rankings.

Yet as he heads for this week's Travelers Championship at River Highlands in Connecticut, Harrington believes a big performance is not far away.

"There is good form in me," insisted the Dubliner, who at Congressional showed no sign of the knee injury which caused him to miss last month's BMW PGA at Wentworth and hampered him in the run-up to the US Open.

"I feel good about my game and where it is at and where it is going," he added. "I'm looking forward to the next few weeks."

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson's US Open was over before Rory McIlroy's final round had started -- and a closing double-bogey said it all.

Mickelson played the first two rounds with the 22-year-old Northern Irishman, was out-scored by 12 shots and then crashed to a Saturday 77, which included double-bogeys at the 16th and 17th.

On his return, the left-hander played those two in five strokes less, but then came a repeat of his second-round double-bogey on the last.

Mickelson had played the final hole poorly, but world No 1 Luke Donald played it atrociously.

For the second day running he found the lake, and although he salvaged a bogey with a curling 12-foot putt, he had had two fives and two sixes.

Nevertheless, Donald broke 70 for the first time and with a 69 had improved to five-over.

It meant Lee Westwood -- joint third following his superb third-round 65 -- almost certainly needed to finish second to depose Donald as world No 1 three weeks after he lost the top ranking to him in a play-off at Wentworth.

Irish Independent

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