Harrington looking to climb

Padraig Harrington is hoping to continue his climb up the world rankings at this week's Portugal Masters.
Harrington looking to climb

he Irishman was as high as number three after winning his third Major title, the 2008 PGA Championship, but had slumped to 84th last month.

That low point came shortly after the Dubliner had ended his 13-year relationship with long-term coach Bob Torrance – father of Sam – after missing the cut in this year’s Open at Sandwich.

That low point came shortly after the Dubliner had ended his 13-year relationship with long-term coach Bob Torrance – father of Sam – after missing the cut in this year’s Open at Sandwich

He’s now signed up with renowned British coach Pete Cowen and already there appear to be signs of encouragement after Harrington finished eighth in the Dunhill Links Championship on his last start two weeks ago

That finish helped him rise to 78th and now Cowen, whose pupils include world number two Lee Westwood, hopes Harrington can kick on and quickly return to the world’s top 50.

“Padraig came and asked me at the Bridgestone (tournament) if I would give an opinion on his swing and what I thought might improve it,” said Cowen.