Valspar Championship

Putting gloss fades for Pádraig in Valspar 76

Just 10 days after ending a near seven-year drought with a brilliant performance on the greens down the stretch, Pádraig Harrington found himself back in the desert on the PGA Tour following a poor putting show in the opening round of the Valspar Championship.

Putting gloss fades for Pádraig in Valspar 76

Scheduling reality kicks in for Harrington — tough phone calls ahead

On Monday Pádraig Harrington was on such a high following his Honda Classic comeback win that he insisted he'd honour his commitments and take up four sponsors invitations in a row before playing in the Masters. Now he's not so sure.

Scheduling reality kicks in for Harrington — tough phone calls ahead

"He's waiting to play well to love the game, but he needs to love the game and then wait to play well"

Ambition is one thing, love is another. In explaining what he thinks ails John Daly, the former US PGA and Open champion who shot 90 in his company in the second round of the Valspar Championship at Copperhead last Friday, Pádraig Harrington dismissed any notion that the Wild Thing had been a distraction in his own struggle to make the cut.

"He's waiting to play well to love the game, but he needs to love the game and then wait to play well"

Harrington makes his own luck in Tampa

For a while it looked as though Pádraig Harrington would miss yet another cut by a shot but he overcame having to watch playing partner John Daly shoot 90 by making a gutsy birdie at the 18th to survive on the limit in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.

Harrington makes his own luck in Tampa

Clarke shows signs of life as Harrington continues to struggle

Darren Clarke had to produce some short game magic to open with a level par 71 in the $5.8m Valspar Championship but Pádraig Harrington's was missing again as he slumped to a four over 75 to leave himself in danger of missing his fifth cut from his last six starts.

Clarke shows signs of life as Harrington continues to struggle