Q. Are you blasted at how you played the previous two weeks?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: If you want to go back into things like that, which is silly because you can't recount a number of times I'm sure that you made mistakes. At the U.S. Open this year, I finished pretty much close to darkness and if I had looked at the leaderboard I would have realised a chip and a putt would have put me in 4th place, where I would have been tied for 4th with a chip and two putts. I took two chips and two putts. I was aggressive with the first shot whereas, you know, that was $60,000 $70,000. There you go, just like that.
I could go back every week of the year, I could go back and give you part of the one week I won -- I could give you a sob story every other day of the year. It doesn't work like that. You kind of have to -- everybody is the same. I was told that when I came out on tour, you never look at what you lost on a Sunday. If every time you play a tournament and you finish up and start counting up what one shot would have made you better, you will go barmy on this tour. If I go back every time and say, well, if I was one shot better there, if I did this or I did that, sure, that's fine, It might be true, but it's not going to help you play any better. Actually, it will probably help me play worse.
Q. You're not barmy, are you?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Now, isn't that debatable? (Laughter.) You have to be a little bit to be out here, yes.
As I say, it's the way -- I definitely do not have any regrets whatsoever about the whole year, anything I did. I had a good, solid year. My game has improved. I'm going where I want to go with the game as long as I can keep going, that's fine. If I stop now, it's not up to much good if I can keep going, I'll be very happy.
Q. You're coming around with that last statement to a positive frame of mind; you're pretty beat up obviously today, the way you look at the World Rankings, the money you've got in the tank this year, the Ryder Cup, surely a couple of weeks down the line you're going to have a lot to celebrate.
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: What gives me the encouragement is the fact that, you know, I've done nicely. I finished second in the Order of Merit. I've played nicely during the year. There's nothing you couldn't physically -- there's no part of my game that I physically cannot improve. Now, whether I can do it or whether it actually works or not -- whether I can get better which is great. I'm here at this stage and yet I can improve leaps and bounds in all areas of my game.
I'm by no means static and I'm already doing nicely.
Q. Your scheduling for next year, will it be similar to this year?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Very early to be setting schedules. Schedule isn't even out. (Laughter.)
I would suggest it would be -- I would play very much more or less most of the same tournaments I played this year in Europe. There's one or two changes, the dates, things like the Irish Open and things like that. It may mean that I lose a tournament here or there.
Like there's a tournament I missed the cut in earlier this year which is a strange tournament that I probably won't play in next year. There's only one I missed during the year. That would be the only one I would say of all the tournaments I've played this year, I'm very happy with the courses I played. I'm sure all of them suit me except for that one course, which there's probably two courses that don't suit me. There's no point in going and playing golf courses that you struggle to make the cut on or that you struggle. It's tough enough game without going to a golf course that doesn't suit you.
So schedule will be more or less -- I think it was a pretty good schedule. As I say, I'm fit and strong. I got injured in the middle of the year that really set me back that. Set me back a lot. When I got injured at the Dutch, I hurt my ankle and hurt my neck. I was very happy with how I was swinging the club. Probably was close to hitting it as well as I could at the time.
So that was a bit of a setback and it did not -- I'm having a sob story again. (Laughing). That's certainly four weeks of my season that was knocked out. There was a good four, five tournaments there where I'm trying to -- where I was injured and then trying to get my swing back together. I probably actually haven't even come close to swinging anywhere near as well as I was swinging at the Dutch for the last six months. I've struggled with my swing since the Dutch. I struggled with it on the golf course. My performance, I was playing -- hitting well -- maybe my expectations are a bit high. But certainly the last couple of months, I haven't played as well as I possibly would have played earlier in the season.
Q. Just wanted to say, thank you for your cooperation.
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Can I say thank you for your support during the season. (Laughter.) I need you as much as you need me. (Laughter.)
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