Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Harrington asks fans for patience

Fans of Padraig Harrington do not need any reminding of his propensity to turn a crisis into an award-winning drama but even they might struggle to follow the Dubliner's orders and "have trust in me" for this week's US Open here at Bethpage Black .

On Saturday morning in Memphis, Harrington missed yet another cut in his calamitous 2009 and so heads into his sport's supreme test out of form and with his preparations in seemed disarray. Harrington, however, is nothing if not indefatigable and does not view his mission to make it three wins from the last four majors as an impossible ask.

"I would ask them to stay patient, stick with me and to have trust in me," he said. "The situation now just happens to be magnified because of what I achieved last season. But I'm the ultimate judge and I'm happy what I've been doing. But that's my make-up that's what I do. Fortunately for me it's not a situation where I have 70,000 fans turning up to a match when if they' not happy with what I'm doing I get substituted at half time. I'm my own boss."

Of course, Harrington's recent glories highlighted his ability to turn around a apparently forlorn position. When retaining his Open title at Birkdale last July he played with an injured writs and then when winning the very next major, the USPGA, four weeks later in Detroit he overcame dehydration. But this it is game in need of emergency treatment and this feared public course on Long Island is no place to be applying the bandages.

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