Harrington has 'hope' for Open hat-trick

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The Open Championship In Association With Nikon

Padraig Harrington says he is 'hopeful' not expectant of his Open chances.

Harrington has been in indifferent form this year and blames swing changes for his dipm in form. He said: "I am working on a few things. And when you change something, then you have to adjust in other areas.

"I am not as well prepared mentally as I would like. At least if I can get into position then I know I can win. It's whether I can get into position or not."

"I know that in the long term I will be a better golfer for it."

Harrington also praised the Turneberry course for its fiarness and said a long driver will give themself a chance of birdies. "If you are playing well you can make birdies at Turnberry."

Harrington tees off at 2.20pm tomorrow with Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy. He has won the last two Opens and is going for his third Open win and fourth Major title.