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THE IRISH OPEN


June 21, 2014


Padraig Harrington


FOTA ISLAND, IRELAND

Q.  A disappointment?
P√ĀDRAIG HARRINGTON:¬† Yeah, you obviously needed to be better today and certainly it was‑‑ I played well enough to be a good few shots better.¬† Yeah, you know, leaves me a lot to do tomorrow.¬† If I was 8‑ or 9‑under par, I'd be quite happy.¬† Back at 6‑under, it really does need a big day tomorrow.

Q.  And how much of a knock to your confidence was the double bogey in the round?
P√ĀDRAIG HARRINGTON:¬† Not really.¬† Just disappointed at first.¬† I hit three wedges in the first three holes, all landed in around the hole and spun back to 20 feet and one released ten feet.¬† You just can't legislate for that.¬† I just wasn't‑‑ I hit a bad shot in the water.¬† I can handle that.¬† I just wasn't getting‑‑ things just weren't going for me today.
So bad shots are going to happen every now and again.  It's the rest of it that was a little bit disappointing.  I hit a beautiful shot into 9 and bogeyed that; another day it would be a birdie.  That's the nature of golf.
You know, just couldn't get the ball in tight to the hole.  That seemed to be the problem.  I hit a beautiful shot into 9 and I'm looking at it coming down and thinking it's coming down stone dead and I end up taking bogey over it, going over the back of green.  Made a good bogey there.
10 I nearly chipped it in there for eagle and didn't make birdie.  It was a strange day.  I couldn't get anything hang.

Q.¬† It was a momentum‑sapper, that tee shot on the third, the one that went into the water.
P√ĀDRAIG HARRINGTON:¬† Not really.¬† I hit a bad shot.¬† You can handle that.¬† I think the momentum or the loss at the fourth, three nice shots and didn't make any birdies on them.¬† I hit it stiff on 6 and 16 and 18, but I have to hit the ball stone‑dead to make a birdie this week.¬† I'm really struggling; 10 is a perfect example.¬† I nearly make eagle and I end up making par.
Not getting it done in and around the hole.  Struggling a little bit with the swirling wind.  That's really, whether it's creating a bit of doubt or just not getting the job done with some of my wedge shots.

Q.  You have a chance tomorrow, albeit from fairly far back.  Is it in your game to attack or do you just take what comes to you out there?
P√ĀDRAIG HARRINGTON:¬† I'm attacking all the time.¬† Always do.¬† Obviously back at 6‑under par, I need a very big day.¬† The leaders haven't gone far away, or I don't know what they are going to finish.
If I was 9‑under par, I'd be reasonably comfortable going into tomorrow.¬† At 6‑under par, I need a very, very big day.¬† But those nice shots to finish and I'll be there or thereabouts.

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