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Pádraig fears for his defence

Pádraig Harrington fears that his defence of this week's co-sanctioned Johor Open could become a victim the southernmost Malaysian state’s volatile weather at this time of year.

Last week’s rain-hit Singapore Open, where Harrington missed the cut, was reduced to 54 holes and ended on Monday, and the poor weather appears to have

followed the players across the causeway with yesterday’s

pro-am cancelled after just one hole.

Harrington ended a two-year winless drought to capture the then Asian Tour event 12 months ago but that was in the second week of October compared to the staging of this year's $3m event deeper into the rainy season.

“This course is substantially different to when I won here last year as it was drier with not one stoppage all week due to any rain,” Harrington said.

“I was getting between 30 to 50 yards run on the fairways in winning last year but we're going to be struggling this year with even some balls getting plugged completely under the fairways as they're that soft.”


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