Updated: 18/07/2012 12:39 | By pa.press.net

Harrington has Torrance's backing



Padraig Harrington goes into The Open with the backing of former coach Bob Torrance

Padraig Harrington goes into The Open with the backing of former coach Bob Torrance

After finishing eighth in the Masters and fourth in the US Open, the odds on Padraig Harrington winning a third Open title in six years have come tumbling down.

In most of the betting markets he is rated fifth favourite behind Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. It would be the Dubliner's fourth major in all if he does it at Royal Lytham on Sunday - but the first since he decided last summer to end his long relationship with coach Bob Torrance.

Torrance - the 80-year-old father of former Ryder Cup captain Sam - admitted to disappointment, even some hurt, at being let go, but he said: "I know everybody told Padraig he was off his head to split up with me. But he's just determined to prove everybody else wrong. That's all he wants to do and I'll be delighted if he gets back to where he was."

Harrington, after all, had once told Torrance that he would still want him there in a wheelchair if it ever came to that and described him as a genius.

But, despite wishing the split had not come like it did, Torrance wants nothing but the best for the Irishman.

He said: "I always still look for his name and his score. Not before my own players, but I always look.

"Padraig's a very nice chap. He's very determined, very dedicated - more than anybody I've known in the game with the exception of (Ben) Hogan."

Harrington originally went to Torrance because he had seen and admired the work he had done with Paul McGinley's swing. There was much to be done, Torrance decided, but the Irishman's willingness to put in the hours speeded up the process.

"We used to put him up in our house - it became known as 'Padraig's Room' - and I remember one time during the winter we were out in snow and sleet.

"He'd say 'I'll just do another 10 balls, Bob, and that will do'. Well, I stopped counting because he kept going and going. He eventually said 'you'll not see many guys practising in this' and I said 'Aye - and you'll not see many coaches either!"

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