Phoenix Open: Padraig Harrington looking to end winless run

Last Updated: 29/01/14 10:25pm

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Padraig Harrington: Last won a tournament in 2010

Padraig Harrington: Last won a tournament in 2010

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Padraig Harrington is optimistic of bringing his winless run to an end in 2014.

The three-time major champion has not tasted victory on the US tour since his 2008 PGA Championship triumph, while his last worldwide win came in 2010 at the Iskander Johor Open in Asia.

However, the 42-year-old Irishman is hoping to turn his fortunes around this year, in time to claim a place at the Masters, for which his five-year qualifying exemption that he earned as a result of his major wins in 2008 has expired.

He must now either climb from his current 130th in the world into the top 50 or win a tournament to gain an invitation to Augusta National in April.

"Win, win, win," Harrington said of his aims for his first outing of the season at the US PGA Tour's Phoenix Open that starts on Thursday. "That's pretty straight forward for me.

Long shot

"It's a longshot, you know, to get into the Masters. But the first tournament of the year is always a great tournament. You never know what you're going to get. It's always nice your first week out."

Harrington acknowledged that he has struggled to adapt to rules on club face grooves that came into effect in 2010, which made it harder for him to put spin on the ball.

He is hoping a new, softer Titleist ball will help him with that issue this season.

"I'd be happy if I hit the golf ball like I did last year and putting it and chipping it a little better," he said. "And I seem to be doing that. I'm in a good place, no doubt about it -- but I do need results."

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