Padraig Harrington Back On Top at Transitions Championship

by Jeff Skinner

It’s been a long time coming for Padraig Harrington.  Since he rose to number three in the world in 2009 his constant swing changes have dropped him to 90th in the world rankings.  Lately the three time major champion has been playing better but not scoring well.  That all changed yesterday at the Transitions Championship when Paddy broke the course record with an exciting 61.

Harrington’s last PGA Tour win was at The 2008 PGA Championship when he had won three of the previous six major championships.  And what does a three time major winner do right after he becomes a dominant force in golf?  He changes his swing. His changes have taken much longer than he ever dreamed but with all the work with his coach Pete Cowan he now is comfortable with his swing.

Harrington was asked about the lows during his fall from the top and as usual he was his optimistic self.  “I’m a professional golfer.  There isn’t a low point in being a professional golfer. I mean, let’s be realistic.”

Watch Harrington make one of his ten birdies on the day.  This was a 75 footer on the 17th hole.


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