‘I’m not go­ing to Dubai for a hol­i­day - I’m go­ing to win’

Vic­tory in Por­tu­gal, has given Padraig Har­ring­ton a taste for more at the DPWTC

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT - By Adrian Back @aidy­back adrian@7days

Af­ter claim­ing his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle in eight years at the Por­tu­gal Masters last week­end, Padraig Har­ring­ton is hun­gry for more suc­cess and has set his sights on vic­tory in Dubai at the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship. De­spite win­ning 30 pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments dur­ing his ca­reer, in­clud­ing three ma­jors, Har­ring­ton’s 31st vic­tory, in Vil­am­oura, was seen as a sur­prise to many. And de­spite the Ir­ish­man ad­mit­ting to feel­ing some pres­sure with that fi­nal putt on the 18th, he thinks his over­all game is as good as it has ever been. “You al­ways feel pres­sure when you are play­ing in a tour­na­ment, that’s the na­ture of any sport,” Har­ring­ton told 7DAYS. “But I can hon­estly say that was as good as I’ve ever been. I’ve won 30 tour­na­ments around the world but that was as re­laxed as I’ve ever been, both be­fore and af­ter ev­ery shot and be­tween rounds. “If I’d been lack­ing [some­thing] over the last cou­ple of years it has not been able to get my­self into con­tention. “But when I am in con­tention and in with a chance of win­ning I fo­cus much bet­ter. “And I feel like I will al­ways take the chance now un­like ear­lier in my ca­reer.” Of course it had not been eight years since Har­ring­ton had tasted vic­tory. The 45-year-old won the Honda Clas­sic on the PGA Tour last year and won twice on the Asian Tour in be­tween his search for Euro­pean vic­to­ries.

But now, hav­ing landed the ti­tle in Por­tu­gal – and in im­pres­sive fash­ion by shoot­ing the low­est win­ning score on the Tour this year at 23-un­der – Har­ring­ton is de­ter­mined to win again be­fore the end of the year.

He has cho­sen to play the Fi­nal Se­ries and will head to Jumeirah Golf Es­tates next month with the sole in­ten­tion of walk­ing away vic­to­ri­ous.

“There is only one thing that in­ter­ests me and that is win­ning,” said Har­ring­ton.

“The Por­tu­gal Masters means so much more now be­cause I won. “You know, I like win­ning. “I don’t get any ex­cite­ment out of fin­ish­ing in 12th, all I am in­ter­ested in is get­ting more wins on my CV.

“I par­tic­u­larly en­joy play­ing in Dubai but the sched­ule I play on the PGA Tour hasn’t re­ally given me much of a chance to play in it for the last cou­ple of years.

“I have the op­por­tu­nity this time so I won’t be go­ing to Dubai just for a hol­i­day, I am go­ing out there to win.”

‘When I am in with a chance of win­ning, I fo­cus much bet­ter’ – PADRAIG HAR­RING­TON

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