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Refreshed Harrington ready to go

Padraig Harrington is hoping a new swing will help him to a much-needed high finish when he makes his debut at the Austrian Golf Open this week.

The Irishman is currently languishing down in 87th place in the Race to Dubai, outside of qualifying for the season-ending Dubai World Championships. But the three-time major winner has been working hard with new coach Pete Cowen and he will unveil a new swing in the opening round at the Diamond Country Club on Thursday.

Harrington told "My game has been up and down all year as everyone knows but I have seen a lot of positives recently. I recently changed coach and have been making a few changes to my swing, which people will see this week. The main change that I think people will notice is that the backswing will be wider and shorter."

He added: "It is starting to feel good and I am really looking forward to getting out and competing here this week to gauge where my game is at and how I play in tournament conditions with the changes.

"I tend to overdo things when I practice, so coming out here this week will help me to moderate things and see where I am with the golf swing in tournament play."

Also in action this week will be youngsters Tom Lewis and Paul Cutler, who celebrated their part in Europe's Walker Cup victory over the USA by turning professional.

The Austrian tournament represents the first step as they bid to secure their European Tour cards for next season, and, for Lewis in particular, expectations are already high.

The 20-year-old from Welwyn Garden City led the Open in July after the first round and, although he could not maintain that level, he comfortably won the Silver Medal for the best amateur.

Lewis said: "I am very excited to get out there and see how I measure up. The Open was fantastic for me and I learnt a lot from the occasion.

"All the experiences gleaned from my amateur career will hopefully stand me in good stead as I try to earn my European Tour card for next year."


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