Q. Padraig, this is only your fifth tournament of the year. You've obviously been working a lot during the winter looking ahead to 2003. Are you happy with the way things have gone for you so far, certainly given the fact that your statistics compared to last year coming into the week were better than they were last year, they must be significantly improved this week.
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Yeah, I'm very happy. You know, in all areas of my game, I would suggest I'm ahead of where I was this time last year. I don't know what that means as regards results, but in all aspects of my game, whether it's short game, putting, mental game, swing-wise, I think I'm better at that than I was at this time last year. That's nice and comforting. It doesn't always mean you're going to stay improved throughout the year and have better results, but at this stage of the year once you've gone through your winter preparation and you're out playing again, all you can ask for is that you have -- that you've looked at areas to improve. Actually all you can ask for is to try and find those areas and work on them but it's a bonus when you feel like you've improved those areas.
Q. I know you see yourself as a world player. When you're coming over to the United States is there a temptation to spend even more time over here?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: I wish there was more weeks in the year. That's all I can say. I really like playing over here. I like the pace of the greens. It really suits me. I like the short game, the requirement on the short game. Conditions, yeah, I do like playing over here. It does suit me.
Would I like to play more over here? Yes.
Do I have time to play more over here? Very difficult to find the time.
The one key thing you always note, most of the top players -- saying if you took Tiger as an example, he's only going to play 22, 24 events in a year, something like that, anyways, mid-20s. If I tried to play the U.S. tour and -- it would be tough to play 20 events in order to do okay on the Order of Merit you'd want to be playing 20 events at least. It's only leaving five or six events anywhere else. Last year we had five events, four events in Ireland. Then you're really cutting down your options of playing golf anywhere else around the world. It's a difficult predicament but a very nice one to be in. I think at the moment I'll try and play worldwide, but certainly with the majors and that --
You know, if you've looked at my game, I'll developed my game so I can play better over here, that's for sure. When I first came over here five years ago, I could see the inadequacies of my game when I was put over here, so I have developed my swing in order to prepare for the golf courses that we play in the states. It's just difficult. As I say, I'd love to be able to play everywhere. I'd love to be able to play all the tournaments, two tournaments a week. (Laughter) It's just very difficult.
I'm playing more this year than I did last year. At the end of the year I'll have played -- when you consider that all the world events are here and Tiger's event at the end of the year and the World Cup is here, I'll be close to playing 13 events here, 14 events this year. 14 events I think at the end of the year. If I'm only going to play -- I try and keep it in the 30s, let's say 30 events, that means I'm playing close to half my schedule here. It's difficult. It's a tough thing. As I say, I'd love to play more.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Thank you, Padraig, for joining us.
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