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DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN HOSTED BY THE RORY FOUNDATION


May 20, 2016


Padraig Harrington


Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Pテ.RAIG HARRINGTON: The rain today was persistent rain, which is awkward for us, but it certainly wasn't as tough as it was yesterday, no.

Q. In terms of your round today, I know you're not going to be around for the weekend, but satisfied with today's work?
Pテ.RAIG HARRINGTON: I didn't drive it well again. Didn't give myself a lot of opportunities. So that's really where I stood. I chipped and putted well but I just didn't drive it well enough this week.

Q. Birdie at the last --
Pテ.RAIG HARRINGTON: It's looking a lot closer when I look here, but we had a good look at it coming down 18 and there wasn't enough numbers on the golf course. We checked the 1-overs, we checked the 2-overs. Literally at that stage, it was 71st and there was six guys on 2 and three guys on 1. Just didn't look like it would move. Have to go for it.

At least I had clarity in going for it. I thought I had to make an eagle. I wasn't in any doubt when I was hitting my second shot. Going back now, I think if I had seen the scores now, I would be hitting a shot in doubt and would have ended up making four and missing the cut.

Q. You'll always go for it no matter what, even if you just needed a birdie.
Pテ.RAIG HARRINGTON: Hit it in the middle of the green and try and 2-putt. The one thing I didn't want to be was trying to hit it in the middle of the green and that not be enough.

Q. You wouldn't have laid up?
Pテ.RAIG HARRINGTON: I was well down. I hit a good one drive. I only had -- I was well down, 200 yards to the pin. I was hitting a little 6-iron. It was a long way down. I hit a very good drive, and I hit the hole with my chip. I thought I chipped in, which would be nice. I'm hoping it's going to be one too many, because it would be a sore miss if it wasn't but as I said, we were in no doubt. When I was hitting my second shot, I hit driver up 17, and we were in no doubt I needed to get to 2-over. Such is life. There you go.

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