Padraig Harrington is on flying form on and off the golf course if todays interview with the media is anything to go by. Only Bernard Hopkins can rival Podge for seven minute answers! Here’s the Doc’s distillation of the best bits!
Podge On Portrush
I played it a load of times as an amateur in the Home Internationals but haven’t been back here for 17 years. I shot 65 once and had the course record here for many years. I’m thrilled it’s coming to Northern Ireland.
The fairways in Ireland for club golfers are too narrow. An 18 yard fairway off back tees is not fair. On the PGA Tour we have 40 yard wide fairways. They might look narrower but what you see on TV is not reality. I hit an 8 iron 170 yards in the USA; I hit a 5 iron 170 yards here sometimes.
Podge’s Advice To Bradley
On the bushes and whins that are just six yards left of the fairway. “When you see all the fans following Rory, you wont see the whins. They’ll block the ball, so there’s more room there than you think!”
Podge’s Favourite Hole
The 12th is one of my favourite-ist holes of all time!
Podge On the Set Up
It’s set up perfectly. The greens are receptive which is a Godsend. If you hit bad shots you will find trouble. The course gives to you in places, which will counteract the bogeys.