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Harrington refuses to panic

Padraig Harrington insists he's not in panic mode about the state of his game -- despite his nightmare start to the season.

Disqualified in Abu Dhabi in his first event of the year, his first round defeat to Geoff Ogilvy in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship came on the back of three poor finishes in stroke-play events.

Having finished 58th in the Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain, he tied 63rd in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and then slipped to 55th in the Northern Trust Open in LA last week.

Down to 35th in the world rankings from a high of third, following his 2008 US PGA victory, Harrington is convinced that it is only a matter of time before results turn good.

"I've no concerns. It's all good. Very good actually. Results? Okay, they haven't been good so far, but I have only played a few events," he said. " I just need to stay patient and let it happen. Everything is in good stead."

Harrington attributed his 4&3 defeat to Ogilvy to a lack of trust in his iron-play in blustery conditions.

Irish Independent