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Padraig Harrington tells Rory McIlroy to slow it all down

By Karl MacGinty

Anyone who drives a 297 mph sports car must be in a hurry.

Yet making headway is golf is not as simple as flicking a switch and pressing the pedals.

As Rory McIlroy has discovered at the recent Open Championship at St Andrews and over the weekend as he slumped into a frustrating tie for 35th at the ‘3’ Irish Open at Killarney under the weight of his own the home crowd’s expectations.

McIlroy’s golf swing is as high-spec as the V-10 Lamborghini engine in his sleek Audi supercar — but the 21-year-old needs to freewheel a little more on the golf course.

The words of Padraig Harrington after he’d blasted away the cobwebs with Sunday spectacular 64 and a second place finish to England’s Ross Fisher, also apply to Rory.

“I think at times, I'm trying a little too hard and just not relaxing enough — just not letting it happen, because when you do that, you tend to play better golf,” said the resurgent Dubliner.

l IRELAND, pipped at the post in the search for honours last year, will now bid for glory in the Boys’ Home Internationals which begin at Southernness in Scotland this morning — and they will try and erase the memory of a disappointing European Championship last month.

They open their challenge against Scotland while defending champions England face Wales on day one of the round-robin event.

Ireland Home Interntaional boys’ team: S Barry (Laytown and Bettystown),P Dunne (Greystones),A Gleeson (Castle),L harnett (Milltown),J Hopkins (Skerries),J Hume (Rathsallagh),G Hurley (West Waterford),D McElroy (Ballymena),M McKnight (Lisburn),C O'Sullivan (Fota Island),C Selfridge (Moyola Park). Captain : L Martin.

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