Padraig Harrington's confidence suffers tough opening day at The Open

Former Open winner Padraig Harrington admitted it was not a good day for him after he carded a four-over par 75 in the opening round at Royal Portrush.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 3:51 pm
Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington

Speaking after his round Harrington said his performance did not leave him full of confidence for the rest of the week.

"I thought I would have been better today, so it doesn't fill me with much confidence," he said.

"I know I'm on the right track. Just today was not a good day. I had a nice start, but I didn't play well after five.

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"It's going to take some time. My game is there, physically, but mentally needs a bit of work.

"The course is set up nicely, it was very playable. A couple of putts could have dropped in the middle of the round. There were a significant number of putts that didn't go in, and clearly I lost momentum when it gets tougher after that.

"So it was a combination of a few weak shots and a few poor putts that didn't drop."

Harrington was more positive about The Open's return to Royal Portrush after a gap of 68 years.

He said: "The course is great. Atmosphere is great. It's unbelievable to have an Open, but we've been saying that all week. And I'm sure we'll say that next week."