Irishman believes world No.1 will be on top form at Ryder Cup in October
Padraig Harrington has warned his European teammates not to underestimate Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup - as the world No.1 has extra motivation for October's showdown.
Despite the world No.1 having shown poor form throughout 2010, which has seen the 34-year-old divorce from wife Elin after he was embroiled in revelations of extra-marital affairs, three-time major winner Harrington believes Corey Pavin's wildcard pick will arrive at Celtic Manor in buoyant mood next month.
"He'll be in fighting mood, in a mood to perform," said Harrington, who has also suffered a dip in form of late and had to rely on a wildcard pick from European captain Colin Montgomerie. "The Ryder Cup could be the pinnacle of his year, like it could be for me.
"He has a presence and intimidation factor. Matchplay will suit him. I think he's going to be strong enough to stand up on the tee box against anybody.
"Certainly no bookmaker will make him a longshot in his singles match."
Speaking of his own situation this season, Harrington voiced regret over the schedule he had chosen this season.
"I focused on the world rankings, assuming I was going to have a bumper year. My schedule was poor. If you want to make the team you need to play more," he said.