Padraig Harrington (pictured) is one of the best links players in the world. He has the ability to maintain his concentration and technique when the weather worsens. He won the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007 and backed that up by winning the tournament again a year later at Royal Birkdale.
Harrington beat Sergio Garcia in a play-off to win his first Open. Ahead of the final round Harrington was well off the pace but he played well enough to catch Garcia on the final day. A year later at Birkdale the weather was appalling but Harrington maintained his form to win by four shots.
The Irish golfer is also a former winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship so clearly Carnoustie is one of his favourite courses. He has also proved himself at the other two courses which makes him a leading contender this week.
Harrington won three major championships in thirteen months but since then his career has dipped. He didn’t qualify for this year’s Ryder Cup and was overlooked for a wildcard pick. However, he contended at the US Open, requiring a birdie on the final hole to make a play-off but just coming up short.
Our player in focus was expected to do well in this year’s Open Championship. The forecasted bad weather did not materialise which meant Harrington’s advantage over the rest of the field was negated. He had played well in the Scottish and Irish Opens, both played on links course earlier in the summer.
Harrington has made the cut for the last six years at this tournament. He thrives on the relaxed pro-am format and can play at his best despite the attractions of his amateur partners. He has not played competitively for five weeks so arrives in Scotland fresh and rested and with a great opportunity to win this tournament again.