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GOLF: Padraig Harrington is champing at the bit for the Ryder Cup to arrive - and so, he suspects, is Tiger Woods.

For the first time in their careers the pair have needed wild cards after failing to qualify and with the match at Celtic Manor now less than two weeks away Harrington has spoken of the extra pressure that brings.

"When you get picked you are under the spotlight more," said the Dubliner, controversially preferred to current world number seven Paul Casey when he was without a Tour title for over two years and had not won any of his last nine cup games.

"You have something to prove - in many ways you're trying to justify it.

"There's definitely more pressure, but pressure brings a bit more adrenaline, more nerves, more focus."

Harrington said he would have selected Woods if he had been in Corey Pavin's shoes.

"He is the number one golfer in the world still by rankings, he is showing decent form and he has a presence - an intimidation factor," said Harrington.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2010
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