Harrington: Europe underestimate Woods at their peril

2013 08 Tiger 21

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.

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