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Harrington hits form at right time

Padraig Harrington eased some of the Ryder Cup pressure on him with a closing 64, the lowest round of the day, at the Vivendi Trophy in Paris on Sunday.

The joint lowest round of the Irishman's season came too late to put him in contention for a first win in over two years, but it served as a huge boost to his confidence heading to Celtic Manor.

Not that Harrington thinks it will change many people's minds about whether it was right that he and not Paul Casey or Justin Rose was given a wild card, and he said: "At the end of the day it's impossible to prove any point like that. Everybody's going to have their opinion and most people will be pretty committed to their opinion."

He added: "It's not something I can control, so best to stay away from it.

"But I'm obviously happy. The week before a big event is all about seeing where your game is at and what needs working on.

"I struggled putting earlier in the week (he made the cut with nothing to spare) and it was sharp today, so I don't have as much to work on.

"I am excited to get there and ready to go."

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