‘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
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