Saturday 14 December 2019

Masters glory all in the mind for Padraig

Karl MacGinty

AS he shot that superlative 65 last Friday to claim the halfway lead at the Transitions Championship, Padraig Harrington seemed ready to take on the world and win at Augusta.

Yet his performance at Copperhead over the weekend (as he posted two one-over-par 72s and slipped back into a tie for eighth) showed Harrington still has work to do.

However, this was still an encouraging week. The World No 10 goes to next week's Houston Open and then to Augusta knowing his 'A' game makes him a match for anyone.

With little first-hand knowledge of the Copperhead, Harrington fired aggressively at pins and played with rare abandon last Friday and his prospects of victory at the Masters clearly rest on his ability to stave off any inhibitions and focus purely on the target.

After a barren time in 2009, the good news is that, for Harrington, winning at the Majors is once again just a matter of getting his mind in the right place. Over to you, Dr Rotella.

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