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Harrington hopes new swing can halt rankings slide

Pádraig Harrington is hoping a new swing will help him to a much-needed high finish when he makes his debut at the Austrian Golf Open this week.

The Dubliner has managed only one top-10 placing this season and is currently languishing in 87th place in the Race to Dubai, with only the top 60 qualifying for the season-ending Dubai World Championships.

The three-time major winner has been working hard with new coach Pete Cowen and he will unveil a new swing in the opening round at the Diamond Country Club tomorrow.

Harrington said: "My game has been up and down all year, as everyone knows, but I have seen a lot of positives recently. I changed coach and have been making a few changes to my swing, which people will see this week. The main change that people will notice is that the backswing will be wider and shorter.

"It is starting to feel good and I am really looking forward to getting out and competing here this week, to gauge where my game is at and how I play in tournament conditions with the changes.

"I tend to overdo things when I practice, so coming out here this week will help me to moderate things and see where I am with the golf swing in tournament play."