PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON STILL puts his money on Tiger Woods breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 professional majors.
Harrington played the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship with Woods, who missed the cut. Even so, the Irishman saw him hit enough good shots to realize his game will not be gone forever.
“I still believe when he turns up and plays well in a given week, I think he’s well capable of winning any major he plays in,” Harrington said yesterday.
“He still has a good ball flight. He still hits it well. Once he puts it together in a given week, he can win and will going forward. . . . OK, it wasn’t his week that week. But when it is his week, he will win again.”
Harrington said Woods appeared frustrated with the technical part of his game, which did not surprise him. Harrington knows better than most, because he always is tinkering with his swing.
“When you’re kind of happy with your game, you tend to get the most out of it,” he said. “You feel like you shot 70 and you end up shooting 68. And when you’re not happy with your game, you feel like you shot 70 and you end up shooting 72. I experience that myself a lot. That’s kind of what I see in Tiger’s game.”
Harrington and Graeme McDowell are in action in the Barclays which gets underway at Plainfield County Club in New Jersey today.