Padraig Harrington en route to a closing 64 at Golf du Joyenval on Sunday (Getty Images)
Harrington hits form right on cue
Padraig Harrington shot his lowest round of the the season with a closing 64 at the Vivendi Cup to set himself up perfectly for The 2010 Ryder Cup.
Padraig Harrington looks to have hit form right on cue after a closing 64, the lowest round of the day, at the Vivendi Cup in Paris.
The joint lowest round of the Irishman's season came too late to put him in contention for a first win in over two years, but it served as a huge boost to his confidence heading to The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort.
“The week before a big event, it's all about seeing where your game is at; whereas I struggled with my putting early on in the week, it was much sharper today,” he said.
“There are lots of things that you work on during the week and definitely I don't have as much to do it on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of next week to get ready.”
Harrington goes into The 2010 Ryder Cup with the additional pressure of being a wild card for what will be a very different experience to his Ryder Cup debut in 1999.
“In '99, I was a rookie, I think I qualified very late, the last eventually, I think I holed a putt on the last green, and my head was spinning for the whole week.
“It was an experience it's hard to believe that I can remember that I was actually excited the whole way through the week. “This time around, I obviously got a pick, and it's a totally different feeling going into it.
“Certainly the last one I was very tired going into it and it was a tough week. I fought against a lot of things that week, fought my own game and just I wanted to rest more. It was an awkward week, anyway.
“This time around, I'm heading there now, and getting in early. I want to get there. I want to do things. I'm enthusiastic. I'm ready to go. Whereas several year ago, you come into The Ryder Cup and you've had a long year and it's tough. This year, I have no feelings like that. I’m excited to get there.”