Padraig Harrington looking to enhance legacy as Ryder Cup looms

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Padraig Harrington acknowledged the stress involved in Ryder Cup preparations as the Team Europe captain looked ahead to the impending tournament action in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Harrington, a triple Major winner, also noted that navigating Team Europe to a Ryder Cup win away from home as captain would rank very highly on his list of golfing achievements.

With just over a week to go until the action gets underway, Harrington spoke on Off The Ball, where he outlined the significance of what was to come and the pressures already felt by him as captain.

He said: "There's not a lot that can change my legacy in golf.

"Even if I went and won another Major, would it really change anything?

"You know, it's three or four Majors.

"Certainly, winning another tournament is nice but it's nothing more than another tournament.

"But being Ryder Cup captain would certainly be very high on my CV and I'm aware that this is very important to me.

"It's very important – if I can be a winning Ryder Cup captain away [from home]. It's an exceptionally big deal and it adds a lot to my legacy."

And Harrington's focus on legacy and triumph in Wisconsin recently led to an empty stomach.

He continued: "I am under pressure with that, there is a level of stress – I don't get too stressed but I will say that last week, on the Saturday I got to the golf course early after missing the cut [at the Palmetto Championship] and then I had a few meetings in the morning and by mid-afternoon I realised I hadn't eaten lunch.

"For me not to eat food when it's sitting in front of me, there's obviously something going through my mind that's distracting me.

"A couple of nights last week I slept like a baby, so there obviously is a bit going on during the day."