Saturday, February 12, 2011

Harrington The Harrington ProjectThe world of golf is focused on the seemingly never-ending "Tiger Woods Project," but to me, "The Padraig Harrington Project" is just as fascinating. Harrington quickly collected three majors and then seemed to take his swing apart in an attempt to get better. Or so we thought. Turns out Harrington began fine-tuning his swing even before he started winning majors. Seems the guy just can't stop trying to improve his swing.
"I've made substantial changes at many tim[es] in the past," Harrington said. "I like doing it. Gets me out there, gets me working on things, gets me up in the morning, and gets me excited about it."
Through two rounds at the AT&T, the changes seem to be working. Harrington made six birdies and two bogeys on Friday at Pebble Beach, and he finds himself tied with nine other players at six shots back. Fortunately there are only three guys in front of him. Watney WatchOne of the players tied for fourth with Harrington is Nick Watney. Watney is off to a hot start in 2011, with top-6 finishes at Torrey Pines and the Phoenix Open. In both events Watney has made a lot of noise on the weekend. He went nuts on Sunday at Torrey Pines, finishing with a 63. And at TPC Scottsdale, he shot rounds of 65 and 68. Too Far for Phil?After watching the first two rounds of the AT&T on the Golf Channel, it doesn't even seem like Phil Mickelson is in the tournament. Most of the broadcast is focused on Pebble Beach, so Mickelson hasn't been on TV much as he's played Monterey Peninsula and Spyglass.
Mickelson shot a bogey-free 67 Friday at Spyglass, finishing at 4 under. With Marino at 13 under, it seems like Mickelson has a tall order if he wants to get back into the tournament. But with D.A. Points in second place at 9 under, the task doesn't seem as daunting. With two tee times at Pebble Beach this weekend, we'll be seeing a lot more of Phil.
(Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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