Harrington to snap Masters jinx

Padraig Harrington has hinted he feels he has a chance of claiming the famous green jackets at the Masters 2012, despite winning the par-three tournament at Augusta on Wednesday (Harrington 90/1 2012 Masters outright).

The Irish competitor picked up his third par-three title in the build up to this year’s first major, although a thunderstorm meant he had to share the honour with American Jonathan Byrd as they were unable to have a play-off.

The 40-year-old has called his success “memorable” but must now overcome one of the most well known curses in sport if he is to win a fourth major.

Since the par-three tournament started in 1960 no one has ever won that crown before going on to wear the famous green jacket come the Sunday.

However, Harrington – who is 7/4 to win his first round three balls with Steve Stricker (6/5) and Stewart Cink (13/5) on Thursday – seems quietly confident that he can become the first man to snap that par-three curse.

Despite all the talk of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the Dubliner believes the Masters this year is one of the most open he can remember.

“There’s a lot of quality players, it goes a lot deeper at the moment,” said Harrington. “There’s no clear favourite.

“I’m sure many people have their favourites, but I’m sure you could sit down in most golf clubs and people would be pulling for ten different players and arguing the reasons why they’re going to win.”

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