There's life after the yips for Harrington, so what about Tiger?
Pádraig Harrington idolises Bernhard Langer. He overcame the yips three times. He has an incredible work ethic. He always go the extra mile. What he really thinks of Tiger when he’s speaking to his mates behind closed doors is anyone’s guess but having overcome the yips himself to become a winner on the biggest stage again, he sees no reason why he can’t be some sort of inspiration to Woods.
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Harrington and G-Mac - Ollie's new Langer and Woosie?
If you thought the fall out from the fallout over pitchmark-gate at the 2003 Seve Trophy would scupper Padraig Harrington’s relationship with Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazábal, think again.
The Spanish maestro, 46, specifically mentioned the three-time major winning Dubliner in an audio interview with EuropeanTour.com, expressing his hope that the Irish star will rediscover his putting touch and win his seventh Ryder Cup cap in Chicago.
Asked by the Spanish media if he was worried that the friction between some European heavyweights (Westwood and McIlroy?) could cause problems at the Ryder Cup, he said: “I’m not worried at all. I had also problems with some players, but those problems were left behind as soon as Ryder Cup came. I hope they are mature enough, but if I see any friction I will let them know.”
Where now for Harrington?
Just 12 months after scorching to third in the world by retaining the Claret Jug, the Dubliner is now 16th after his disappointing 65th place finish at Turnberry.
And while he might be a cross between Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros, the man who caddied for those major winning greats is not sure that Harrington is on the right track with his swing changes.
English legend Peter Coleman said: “Whether it is right or wrong, I don’t know. At present it doesn’t look like it’s that good but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Let’s see when he comes through to the other side.