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How Padraig should know that our Rory is now golf's new superstar

By Jane Graham

Published 09/07/2011

Did I detect a hint of sniffiness in Padraig Harrington's comments this week about the absence of Tiger Woods from this year's British Open? Harrington declared the loss of his old rival Woods a huge blow to the tournament because there is no one who brings 'the buzz' Woods does. "He's still the name we would look out for the most," said the two-time Open champ.

Has it really escaped Harrington's notice that, in BBC Golf correspondent Jay Townsend's words, the golfing world has 'moved on' from Woods and it is Rory McIlroy who has taken his place? I understand it might be a bit galling to wake up and find that, not only are you no longer the biggest name in European golf, you're not even the biggest star in Ireland, but if you can't swallow it Padraig, the only classy response is to play better than the other guy.

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