Harrington – Better putting is key

Padraig Harrington (21/1 – Enhanced Outright Win Only) believes his better overall form is down to an improvement in his putting as he looks to claim his fourth career major in this week’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The Irishman won the last of his three majors in 2008 and has struggled in the big events in the past few years. However, he has shown real signs of getting back to somewhere near his best over the last six months after finishing tied eighth at the Masters and tied fourth at the US Open so far in 2012.

Ahead of The Open getting underway on Thursday, Harrington believes his improved form is largely due to him performing much better on the greens.

“As regards my form, I’ve been putting better. That’s essentially it. I’m playing better, too,” he said.

“It’s interesting, a lot of areas of my game I would say are better but I am still not winning. It’s a strange game, golf. You can play better and not win.”

He added: “So it’s nice to see the putting has returned in its own shape or form and the rest of the game is pretty solid, too. Hopefully it will be good enough this week to get me across the line.”

Harrington is due to tee off at 2.32pm for his first round on Thursday as he looks to get off to a good start and plays alongside US hope Rickie Fowler (41/1 – Outright) and Austrian amateur Manuel Trappel (2000/1) on the opening day.

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