Harrington hunting his old ‘spark’

Pádraig Harrington is aiming to rediscover his “spark” this week when he competes in the KLM Open for the first time in 11 years.

Harrington hunting his old ‘spark’

A frustrating season has yielded just two top 10 finishes on the European Tour so far, but the three-time Major winner hopes to turn the corner in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

The 42-year-old, whose last European Tour victory came at the 2008 US PGA Championship, believes he is close to his best form, but needs to find a way of resurrecting the on-course intensity for which he became famed.

Harrington, playing alongside former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in the Pro-Am, said: “I’ve been hitting the ball well in practice, just not putting it together out on the course. I hit the ball well on the range and feel quite comfortable about my game but then don’t live up to expectations when I’ve got a card in my hand.

“Whenever I’ve played my best golf in the past, I’ve generally felt quite fearful about the state of my game. I tended to get quite tense and focused and as a result I played much better, but because there’s no fear at the moment, I’m not bringing much of a spark out onto the course.

“It’s just something I’m going to have to manage to figure out, but I’m definitely working at it — I never stop working at this game.”

Harrington said: “It’ll be a slightly different challenge this week with it playing softer after all the rain so controlling your ball flight will be key.

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