Sunday 25 February 2018

Harrington under orders to remain grounded in Volvo bid

Padraig Harrington of Ireland during the Pro-Am of the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions at Durban Country Club
Padraig Harrington of Ireland during the Pro-Am of the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions at Durban Country Club

Karl MacGinty

DAREDEVIL Padraig Harrington fancied a bunjee-style leap 196 feet into the arena at Durban's massive Moses Mabhida Stadium this week.

Then firm instructions came from HQ in Rathmichael to keep both feet firmly planted on the fairway at Durban Country Club, where the €4m Volvo Golf Champions open today.

Harrington was planning to give the 'Big Rush' a try from the giant gantry over the World Cup soccer venue. After an initial drop of nearly 200 feet on an elastic rope, he'd have flown across the stadium in a 721-foot arc which, according to the 'Guinness Book of Records', constitutes the biggest swing on the planet.

"I was told in no uncertain terms by Caroline (his wife) that I was not to try bunjee jumping in the week of a tournament," Harrington chuckled.

The 43-year-old Dubliner is facing an equally daunting leap into the unknown in 2014 as he tries to fulfil dual membership of the European and US Tours without access to the Masters, US Open or the four World Golf Championships.

"It's a tough year to get my events up on both Tours," said Harrington, who must play 15 tournaments on the US official schedule and 13 on Europe's.

"It's the first time I've faced this situation," added Harrington, who has plummeted to world No 134. "I need to go and win."

Irish Independent

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