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May 19, 2016

Padraig Harrington

Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Q. Pádraig, really nice conditions at the moment but wasn't the case for you this morning when you went out.
PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON: It was tough. It was cold, wet and windy, which is -- yeah, it's difficult. The modern equipment, we take the spin off our drives, but you need spin in bad weather. It was a bit squirrely early on, hard to get the ball in play. With the rough being wet and the golf course playing long, I thought it was difficult today. I certainly had my troubles on a couple of holes.

Had a triple-bogey and a double-bogey. If I turn those into bogeys, I would have had a very respectable round. But stuck in there hard. It would have been nice to make a birdie coming home rather than a bogey, and a couple over par probably would be somewhat optimistic going forward. 4-over is a little bit much.

Q. In terms of tomorrow, if conditions are better, a chance perhaps?
PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON: Yeah, obviously the other half of the draw get better conditions this afternoon, it will be a long way back. Obviously I'll go out and play my best tomorrow and do as well as I can. But having not scored well in bad conditions, it's tough then to give up easier conditions to half the field. Certainly put myself a long way back here.

Q. Away from your own round, I don't know if you heard the news about Muirfield being taken off the Open rota because of the women members. As a former Open Champion, what do you make of that news?
PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON: I suppose it was coming. We love playing the golf course. It's a great golf course. But there's more to modern golf than just the golf course. We see that here in Ireland. We've seen the R&A take women members and we've seen Augusta take in women members. Gone are the days where you can discriminate in a club where other people want to join.

At the end of the day, the R&A have a bigger responsibility, not just to the game of golf, but to society, and they have done the right thing.

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