Italy’s Andrea Pavan celebrated the imminent arrival of his second child by winning his first European Tour title after coming out on top in a final-round duel with three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.
The Open has lost the number one and two in the world at the half-way stage.
Two days after telling anyone who would listen that he was “good value” to win a second Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Padraig Harrington proved his point with an opening 68 in the £5.3million event.
He birdied it yesterday, and what would he have given even in his finest hour for that?
Tiger Woods will “100 per cent” win again, believes Padraig Harrington, and possibly more likely at a major than a regular tournament.
Padraig Harrington feels at 2026 Ryder Cup in his native Ireland will be “too late” for him to be captain and will put his hat into the ring for 2020 or 2022.
Carnoustie is one of the few golf courses that needs “no protection” from modern technology and big-hitting players, believes the last man to win an Open Championship there.
It’s no good, the urge to play devil’s advocate is just too strong. But I’m not driven by mischief, I just think there’s a lot more to yesterday’s rules policy change by the R&A and USGA than meets the (TV) eye.
Even at the moment he appears to be storming back as a force, Padraig Harrington refuses to be fooled into believing in Indian summers and career renaissance.
Padraig Harrington may have used up his entire quota of lucky Irishness in one round, but the last Open champion at Royal Birkdale seems to be warming up well ahead of his return there next week.