Missing the cut in France had an upside. By the look of these pictures it would appear that Padraig Harrington has made a second reconnaissance trip to Turnberry, seven weeks after seeing the course for the first time.
Harrington won the Irish PGA in a play-off in 2007 and then claimed his first major in a play-off at Carnoustie the following week. Last season, he won the Irish PGA by four strokes and retained the Open by the same margin at Royal Birkdale eight days later.
"I know Peter Thomson was the last man to do it and it is just rare that people win three in a row," Harrington said during his May visit. "But I think I am in with a great chance of doing it. I feel like my game will be ready and that’s all I can ask for. Going and winning it is, I won’t say secondary because that is the primary goal to win it. But the one that is in my control is to be ready for it and I do believe things are on track for the Open when it comes around. If I tee it up in the Open and I feel like I have done what I needed to do and got my game ready for the Open, I can ask no more of myself."
Considering his recent form, few will be betting on him. But his Lazarus like major wins - Carnoustie (72nd hole disaster), Birkdale (wrist injury) and Oakland Hills (hitting it sideways in the second round) - prove that he can overcome almost anything and win. Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.