Posted July 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Some players crumble when they arrive at the majors. For Padraig Harrington, it's usually just the opposite. The amiable Irishman with two British Open titles and a U.S. PGA Championship already to his name has been saving his best form this year for the sport's biggest tournaments. An eighth-place finish at the Masters was followed last month by a fourth at the U.S. Open - this from a player whose best days appeared to be behind him after that golden spell from July 2007 to August 2008. Harrington says ''I look forward to the majors - I would find them easier than regular events.'' With his putting foibles seemingly rectified and his swing improved under a new coach, Harrington is climbing slowly back up the rankings and is expected to be a threat at this week's British Open.

A closing stage like no other in golf

The cheer was so loud, the moment so big, that Padraig Harrington forgot what he was doing. It was his major championship debut in 1996 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and he finished off his second round of 68 by holing a bunker shot next to the 18th green. ''I got so excited, I took the putter out of the bag,'' Harrington recalled. ''I've never been...
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