Padraig Harrington repeated at the British Open thanks to a straightforward swing based on four key moves. After last year's Open victory, Golf.com talked with him about his swing.
By David DeNunzio
Sergio might think he lost it, but the 2007 British Open was won fair and square by hard-hitting Irishman Padraig Harrington. Only a wild drive by Harrington on the 72nd hole gave Garcia a fighting chance, but he missed a putt Harrington made moments earlier.
After doing his best Jean Van de Velde impression by amassing two penalty strokes on the final hole, Harrington surprised no one when he got up and down after his second drop. He's the 10th best scrambler on Tour, and when his driving game is on like it was for the 71 holes that preceded his near-disaster he can pound it out there with the best of them.
"I don't think about my swing during a round," says Harrington. "If it's off, I'll find the problem on the range, and then try to fix it at home or in my hotel room. When I'm playing, I simply rely on a few simple moves that I know are going to produce a good strike."
Win the Claret Jug with just four moves? "Yes. There's a lot more going on, of course, but these four will make it difficult for anyone to hit the ball poorly, even high-handicappers."