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Harrington convinced of more major joy


Ireland's Padraig Harrington

Ireland's Padraig Harrington

Ireland's Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington said in January that he expected to win more majors. Now he is even more convinced.

After an eighth place finish in The Masters - his best performance in a major since he won the USPGA four years ago - Harrington is up to 80th in the world rankings and hoping it is just the start of a big comeback.

"I was very comfortable on the golf course this week, which bodes well for future Masters," he said. "I feel like I found a very nice place mentally. There's good things in me going forward."

He added: "I've won three majors, but that's the most comfortable I've felt through 18 holes in the last round of a major.

"I feel I'm on an upswing, an upturn in my game. So yeah, I'm looking forward to going forward."

Even double-bogeying the last did not change things in his mind. His chance of victory had gone by then.

"I was very composed and relaxed," said the 40-year-old Dubliner.

"Doubling the last cost me money, but nothing else.

"Maybe one day coming down 18 I will have to hole that putt that I three-putted and I will know it is quick."

Harrington is staying on in the States for this week's tournament at Hilton Head in South Carolina and with number one Luke Donald the only member of the world's top 10 in the field it is a golden opportunity to make further progress up the world rankings and the Ryder Cup points table.