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Rio Olympics: Padraig Harrington tipped to be one of six Irish medallists

Published 01/08/2016

Ireland's Padraig Harrington plays out of a bunker to the 14th green during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PA
Ireland's Padraig Harrington plays out of a bunker to the 14th green during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PA

Ireland's Padraig Harrington has risen 26 places in the latest world rankings after he tied for 13th at the US PGA Championship in Baltusrol last night, giving cause for optimism heading towards the Olympic Games in Rio.

The three-time major winner now sits in 124th place in golf's world rankings after an impressive display over the weekend in New Jersey.

Sports illustrated released their medal predictions for Rio in their latest edition and are tipping the Dubliner to pick up bronze at the games.

Harrington is clearly in a good place, speaking after his final round yesterday he said: “So many things are better. I’m happy with my swing, getting a lot better with my putting, getting a lot better with my mental side.

“The only thing I’m not comfortable with would be my short game. Then when I look at the PGA Tour, I’m number one in bunkers and number four in strokes gained around the greens, but I don’t see it so good.

“Maybe I need to change my attitude. Everything else is good.”

The other five Irish medals will all arrive via the boxing ring.

The US media outlet believes Katie Taylor will bounce back from recent setbacks and defend her lightweight gold.

They also predict gold for current world champion Michael Conlan, silver for light-heavyweight Joe Ward and Portlaoise's Michael O'Reilly and bronze for a third successive games for Belfast light flyweight Paddy Barnes.

It would be Ireland's biggest ever medal haul at an Olympic Games, eclipsing the five medals brought home from London four years ago.

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