Harrington 1 back at Dunhill, dreams of Olympic spot

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Padraig Harrington hasn't won on the PGA Tour or the European Tour since capturing his third major at the 2008 PGA Championship, but he'll start the weekend one shot behind Raphael Jacquelin at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

"I'm looking forward to every putt on the golf course, which is a great place to be," he said. "My mental game seems to be quite strong as well. That was two things, putting and mental side, are pretty good at the moment."

The only two-time champion of the Dunhill, Harrington heads to the Old Course on Saturday after rounds at Carnoustie (66) and Kingsbarns (70). Currently ranked 324th in the world, Harrington has struggled to regain his form since winning the 2007 and 2008 British Opens and the '08 PGA.

But his slide down the rankings hasn't stopped him from setting a very lofty goal: Harrington wants to play for Ireland in the 2016 Olympics. Considering his age (he'll be 45 in two years), world ranking (the top 15 qualify automatically), and fellow countrymen (Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry), Harrington's got a lot of work to do. But he's determined.

"I've got 22 months to go," he said. "I'm starting at absolute zero probably at the moment ... I really feel good about my game, so I believe I can do it."