Harrington to test new swing in Austrian Open

Normal service will resume on the European Tour this week with the Austrian Golf Open after the excitement of last weekend’s Seve Trophy in France.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington will join the European card in Austria to test out the new swing he has been working on with new coach Pete Cowen, as he hopes to get his game back on track after he failed to qualify for the next round of play-offs in the FedEx Cup.

Harrington carded a 3-over par for the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston which saw him place 73rd and miss out on the next tournament, the BMW Championship in Illinois, but allows him the chance to test out his new swing in the Diamond Country Club in Austria this weekend.

The Dublin man split from his coach of 15 years, Bob Torrance, who helped him win his three major titles, back in July after the pair disagreed over Harrington’s insistence on changing his swing; Torrance claimed Harrington was too old to start making such radical changes to his game.

The prospect of Harrington’s swing drastically enhancing his form makes this weekend’s golf in Austria even more intriguing.

Harrington has played in 18 PGA Tour events this year and has had only four top 25 finishes, including failing to make the cut at two of the four majors; the US Masters and the Open Championship in Britain.

Thursday will also see the professional debut of Northern Ireland golfer, 22 year-old Paul Cutler, who many may remember impressing in Killarney for the Irish Open back in late July.

Cutler did not look out of place with the usual names on the European pro tour at the Irish Open, where he tied for 21st on 5-under par alongside fellow Irishmen Damien McGrane and Simon Thornton.

Damien McGrane is the only other Irish full time European Tour card holder (Harrington is a part of the US PGA Tour) who will compete in the Austrian Open after having last week off thanks to the Vivendi Seve Trophy.

McGrane’s form has been mixed of late after two top 25 finishes at the Irish Open and Czech Open were followed up with 31st place at the Johnnie Walker Classic and failing to make the cut at the Dutch Open two weeks ago.

Harrington, McGrane and Cutler will be joined on Thursday morning by Irishmen Michael McGeady, Jonathan Caldwell and Gary Murphy.


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