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‘I don’t think anyone is sweating as much as I am’ — Extra weight costing Harrington

‘I learned last week to catch it before it reaches my glasses because I then I have to clean glasses and stuff.’

Pádraig Harrington tees off on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Malaysian Open.
Pádraig Harrington tees off on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Malaysian Open.
Image: Lai Seng Sin/AP/Press Association Images

A SERIAL TWEAKER of his game, Pádraig Harrington admitted recently to piling on some extra weight in a bid to improve his swing.

But, in a case of the law of unintended consequences, the Dubliner did not reckon with a new-found discomfort on hot golf courses in the Far East.

Harrington is currently just four shots off the clubhouse lead in the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpar. But he says the amount of sweat he’s ‘pumping down his neck’  is starting to affect his game.

“I’m normally very good [in the heat] but I’m suffering here,” he told the European Tour website. “I don’t think anyone is sweating as much as I am here. I think this 14 pounds of extra weight is certainly costing me at the moment.

“I’ve never ever sweated like I have last week and this week. Normally I come over here and I’m the guy that’s got the dry shirt and everyone else is suffering, but I’m just pumping sweat down my neck. It’s soaking the rest of me.”

Asked if this heavy perspiration impairs his performance, he answered: “Absolutely. I learned last week to catch it before it reaches my glasses because I then I have to clean glasses and stuff. So you have to be a bit more proactive and when you get a chance you have to stand in the shade.”

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