Q. Would I be right in thinking you are teetotal?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Yes you would be right in thinking that, but what is teetotal? You obviously didn't see that bottle of champagne by the 18th green then Ã‚Â I was thirsty!! I was, I was thirsty! I was dying for a drink. It was liquid, I didn't like the taste of it, but it was liquid at the time.
Q. How long was it since you had a drink before that?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Can't remember.
Q. Because you didn't after the Walker Cup either did you?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Well I am sure I drank the champagne out of the cup and it was the same sort of thing last week. I sprayed all the champagne out of the bottle and there was a little bit in the bottom of the bottle and I was thirsty so I drank it.
Q. So you only drink champagne then, that's classy!!??
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: No, no!
Q. When Lee was giving it a lash then, you weren't involved?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: You know I wouldn't want to be telling any stories out of school here.
Q. Lee's told them all already!?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: I wouldn't like to divulge anything. Somebody at home told me that one of the reporters reported it as McGinley said he was taking it easy so he could remember the night and Harrington of course, doesn't drink, so as reported at home, I'll leave it at that.
Q. Have you always been teetotal?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: I don't like the taste of drink and that is it. If you gave me a pint, if I was thirsty I could drink the first part of it and then I'd pour some 7 Up into it and then by the end it would be all 7 Up so what's the point. I drink Coca Cola and cocktails - gee you're digging at the right story here!
Q. Was this your first hangover in 30 years then?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: No I have drunk before. I have managed it three or four times in my life and yes there was a drink or two taken after the evening of the Ryder Cup. And it wasn't champagne.
Q. Can you remember what age you were when you discovered you didn't like the taste of alcohol?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: I'm not sure I can say this and not be politically correct, I'll try and figure out a way of saying this without upsetting anybody - I'm known as an 'Irish Queer' cos I prefer women to drink!!
Q. Did you make it to four o clock in the morning?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Half three. I have no idea about anybody else but it was three thirty I remember. Well I don't actually remember, so my wife tells me.
Q. You played well in this event last year so you obviously like links golf?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: If you asked me to pick a golf course, my favourite golf course, I'd probably pick a parkland one because I love the look of them but for a golf course that I am competitive on, I'm better on a links course because I was brought up on them, better in the wind, and I'm better in this sort of situation. I love playing St Andrews but I like the beauty of Augusta for example.
Q. So that would suggest if you were to win a major it would be the British Open?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: I have always said that the British Open would be my best chance.
Q. Still thinking of the Order of Merit?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: I'd have to win this week. I had to win at Mount Juliet or here to give myself any chance. It's a great situation because I don't have to worry about winning the Order of Merit, I have just to concentrate on winning a tournament, it is not in my mind to try winning the Order of Merit.
Q. You mentioned the cheering at Birmingham Airport, were you still getting that today?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Yes it was a warmer round of applause today. You always get a nice one but you could definitely see that playing with Paul (McGinley) today as well, I think it was nice that it was equally for both of us, not just for me because I was posting a good score.
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