Padraig hopes to regain groove |

Padraig hopes to regain groove

Darrell Moody

RENO – The year was 2008, and Padraig Harrington was on top of the golf world.
Harrington played 15 U.S. events, and made the cut 12 times with victories at the British and PGA events. He won more than $4 million that season.
Unfortunately, Harrington hasn’t won a PGA event since, a span of 104 events. He’d like nothing more than to get off the snide this week at the Barracuda Championship at Montreux Golf & Country Club.
Harrington believes he can get back to that prominence.
“I could do it, yeah,” he said. “It’s certainly possible. Who knows? I’m playing great golf, but I’m not quite delivering on it.
“It’s all about getting the attitude right. Certainly there is no doubt I peaked in 2007 and 2008. I just have to wait and see. I’m doing all the things I can. I have to try and stay patient and let it happen.”
Harrington, who has played in the past two Reno-Tahoe Open events, said he has already noticed a difference at Montreux since Barracuda took over the title sponsor role.
“They have really worked hard here over the years,” Harrington said. “The last couple of years I’ve been here they have a done a great job of making this event very personalized for the players. It has a nice feel about it.
“You can see when a title sponsor comes in everything is upped a little bit. As players we can see that and notice it. I’ve got to say they have done a great job over the years here of making the players feel welcome.”
Four players who finished in the top-10 at the Canadian Open are in the field this week – Justin Hicks (3rd), Brad Fritsch (9th), Michael Putnam (T-4th) and Dicky Pride (7th).
Fritsch tied for 13th at John Deere, while Putnam placed 35th at the John Deere. Hicks tied for 27th at John Deere with Pride.
Stuart Appleby, who has played well at Montreux the last three years, has missed the cut in his last two tournaments, the Canadian Open and the Greenbrier. Appleby has finished no lower than 18th in his three RTO appearances.
John Daly missed the cut at the Canadian and British Open events.
Lucas Glover, who is fighting for his card and needs a great showing this week, hasn’t made a cut since tying for 69th at the Memorial that was nine weeks ago.
Scott McCarron, who was the former tournament host of the RTO, comes into the event having missed four straight cuts.
Thunder started to rumble around 11:30 a.m., and professionals and their amateur partners were pulled off the course immediately.
Play resumed at approximately 12:50 p.m.
Thunder started rumbling again at 1:50 p.m., but players were not taken off the course.
Heavy rain hit the area briefly around 2:45 p.m., but players remained on the course to finish the round.
The “name” pairing for today will be at 12:55 off No. 1, as David Toms, Harrington and Davis Love III are playing together. Another high profile pairing is at 7:55 a.m. off No. 1. Ben Curtis, Mike Weir and Retief Goosen are grouped together.
At 7:11 off No. 1 former champ Steve Flesch is grouped with Kevin Chappell and Michael Putnam. Another group to watch is at 7:33 in which Ricky Barnes, Brendan Steele and Brice Garnett are paired.
Lastly, Nick Watney, former champ J.J. Henry and Charlie Beljan are teamed up at 12:44 p.m. off No. 1.