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Irish Open 2015: Parklands open can be positive, says Padraig Harrington

By Peter Hutcheon

The Irish Open doesn't need to be staged on a links course every year to keep on attracting the best players in the world, Padraig Harrington has said.

Harrington is a big fan of links golf, but he says there are so many good parkland courses around that it needs to be staged on them as well.

"There's a lot of things that go into the venue," he said.

"I personally like to be on the best venue and sometimes that can be a parkland course because of the surrounding area, the local town, the atmosphere, that sort of thing.

"Yes, we should go to a links every so often but there's plenty of great parkland golf courses.

"Killarney was a great event when it was there, Fota was a great event. There are lots of options available and it's important to consider the whole venue, not just the golf course.

"I do believe that they have enjoyed coming to Newcastle and it's not just to golf course but what surrounds it which is important for the players who travel.

"So far I have only heard good things."

The venue for next year's Irish Open has not yet been finalised, although the K Club is a strong front-runner. And the event will definitely be staged on a parkland course in two years time when it comes to the Nick Faldo-designed Lough Erne club in Co Fermanagh.

Harrington ended the tournament on 10 over par, finishing off with a five over 76 yesterday, a disappointing return given his position at the end of the first day.

He covered the front nine yesterday in one under par, but had two bogeys and then a triple-bogey seven.

"It was a disappointing way to finish," he said. "I was happy with my game this week apart from the fact that I didn't hole any putts.

"I missed too many short putts and you need to be able to hole those in these conditions.

"And then when you are missing a few short ones, it makes the ones from 20 feet all the more difficult.

"I lost a bit of momentum and that's a pity but I'm reasonably happy going forward. It will all fall into place so I just have to stay patient and wait for that."

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