Padraig Harrington is “anxious” to give himself an early Christmas present by ending his two-year winless streak.
The Dubliner, 39, will take on star attractions KJ Choi, Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie in the Asian Tour’s Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia.
And with only five events remaining before he packs his clubs away for the winter, he’s determined to get his first win since the 2008 US PGA.
Hoping for a good week on the greens after a tired performance in last week’s Dunhill Links, Harrington said: “I’m anxious. I’ve got about five more events and I’m anxious to get at least a win which will make my Christmas better. This is a good week to start.
“Like all professional golfers, we could always do with holing a few more putts. I just have to be patient and let it happen.
“Certainly the game is good enough to win. I’ve just got to make sure that I get out of my own way and let it happen.
“I’ve had a strange year. Unusually for me, I’ve played a lot better in practice than I have in tournament play. I used to be the opposite. I haven’t really brought to the golf course.
“I’ve had plenty of top-10s but I haven’t won a tournament and it is all about winning tournaments. You have to get across the line.
“The game has been good but it does not carry through 72 holes. I see weeks like this as an opportunity to do that. Hopefully it’ll start the ball rolling.”