Paddy hopes to change May doldrums


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – May is not Padraig Harrington’s month. Never has been. The affable Irishman certainly hopes it will change with a positive performance this week at The Players but he knows that May historically hasn’t been a month where his game peaks.

Harrington contended here in 2003 and 2004 with consecutive runner-up finishes, but has played poorly the past five years and has an average finish of 49th during that span. Simply put, Harrington is too good of a player to play this poorly at one of the biggest events of the year.

“I think there is definitely a period after the Masters to the U.S. Open where you’re regrouping and you’re getting your game ready after the Masters for the U.S. Open,” Harrington said Wednesday. “So that could be a situation like that where you do kind of get a little bit lost in the month of May. I’ve never really played well in the month of May, and the end of the month of May and onwards. It hasn’t been a great month for me all the way through my career.

“We’re going to change it this week, though.”