PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Padraig Harrington confessed his intensely analytical nature probably isn’t the best quality for a tour pro.
After winning the Honda Classic on Monday, Harrington said relentless tinkerers like himself are probably at a disadvantage in the game.
He was asked after the trophy presentation if the game attracts analytical types, or if it makes players more analytical.
“No, that's a character trait,” Harrington said. “I think you're born with that character trait. I was. I grew up with no practice range, so that's why I've always been fascinated, obsessed with, trying to swing the club and hit it better. The short-game side, the mental side, came easy to me for most of my career, so that's what I am. That's what I enjoy.”
Harrington has been accused of sometimes tinkering his way out of top form.
“You will find more PGA Tour pros are non-tinkerers than are tinkerers,” he said. “There are very few that, actually, tinker. There are probably 10 of us, and the rest are much more of the mindset of not really thinking too much about their game, whatsoever.
“So, if you're looking for a character trait to make it as a professional, the guy who doesn't think too much has got better odds.”