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by Aidan Elder |  Published: Aug 01, 2009


The Open Championship Padraig Harrington should always be considered a real contender for the Open Championship. His relationship with the event sums up the difference between players that have won a major and those who haven’t. In 2007, Harrington was jittery and pensive with the finish line in sight, but fast forward 12 months and it was a supremely serene and decisive Harrington that defended the Claret Jug. Without the baggage that comes with such unflattering labels, he was able to play his natural aggressive game and take a comfortable victory. It was a trick he repeated when piping Sergio Garcia to the USPGA later that year. Harrington’s bid to win a third Open in succession will be a main theme at Turnberry and regardless of his form prior to the event, it’s always worth keeping an eye on the Irishman. He offers little value in the pre-event betting, but ...

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