Padraig Harrington, winless in the majors since 2008, shot 74 Tuesday and is seven shots off the lead at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, where he is the defending champion at the tournament reserved for the year’s major winners.
Anyway, this isn’t the 2008 Harrington. That much has been made clear in the latest world rankings. This week, for the first time in more than 14 years, he dropped outside the top 100 in the world. He is now ranked 101st.
The 2013 season was a trying one for Harrington, now 42. He had just three top 10s in 17 PGA Tour starts. He failed to reach $1 million in earnings ($711,244) for just the second time since 2004. He was 70th or worse in every statistical category, and was outside the top 125 in four important stats: total driving (154th), greens in regulation (174th), strokes gained-putting (125th) and scoring average (163rd).
“I have to figure out a different way of playing with who Padraig Harrington is now than necessarily who I was over the years,” he said earlier this week in Bermuda. “I’m a different person and I have a different attitude to the game at this stage. There’s no point in trying to go back and be the guy I was five years ago before I won majors. …
“For years, I would have been searching for it and trying to find it. Now I pretty much understand everything I need to know about my game. But it’s hard to get the most out of it on any given day. My short game is not as good as it used to be, and most of that is because of intensity.”