Ever the tinkerer, Pádraig Harrington’s game is prone to highs and lows. As he’s aged, the beloved Irishman’s lows seem to outlast his highs, but his win at last year’s Portugal Masters shows the 46-year-old isn’t ready to pack it in for the senior circuit in a few years.
His win was his first in eight years and basically came out of the blue. Harrington entered the week without a top-five all year and middling success otherwise. He’ll need more of the same this week as he’s been off three weeks since a T80 at the Wyndham Championship put an end to three missed cuts in a row.
Health has been an issue this year. Harrington’s played just 14 times this year while dealing with an elbow injury sustained in a fluke accident while giving a golf lesson.
Good form isn’t totally in the rearview, though. Harrington played well enough to win finishing T4 Scottish Open despite a Saturday 79.
While Harrington always seems to be in a great mood, returning to Vilamoura should only enhance his.
"“This type of golf would suit me down to the ground all the time. There’s nowhere on this golf course where I feel I’m short-sided so I just try to be as aggressive as I can all day and go at every pin,” Harrington told the Irish Times in 2016. “When I miss the greens – as I have this week – I’ve been getting it up-and-down.”"
He can afford to go pin hunting. Harrington is first on the European Tour in scrambling, getting up-and-down at a 63 percent clip.
Harrington’s overall resume at the Portugal Masters reads: Win in 2016, T31 in 2015, T47 in 2014, T16 in 2012, T16 in 2011 and 3rd in 2010.