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The PGA Championship is the only major in which Padraig Harrington has failed to record a top-5 finish. (Cannon/Getty Images)

Notebook: Harrington hopes to change Europe's fortune

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Padraig Harrington would love to end the longest losing streak in major history with a second straight major of his own. Plus, Trevor Immelman is up and down, Jim Furyk has a job to do, and more.

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

Not since Scotland's Tommy Armour in 1930 has a European hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy.

Whether or not that changes we won't know until Sunday evening. What we do know, however, is that one of the pre-tournament favorites has got to be Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington.

The Irishman will be carrying the flag for the Europeans this week as they try to snap the streak. Not only that, but he'll be doing it at the same course where his 2004 European Ryder Cup team put an absolute record-breaking whoopin' on the Americans.

There have only been four occasions in the history of golf where a player has been able to follow up a win at the Open Championship with a win at the PGA Championship -
two of those belong to a guy named Tiger Woods.

"Obviously I'm the only guy capable of doing it this week," Harrington said. "That's because I'm the only guy to win the Open. So, it's a possibility. Will I be ready? I think I will be ready.

"But unfortunately you can't be a hundred percent sure until you actually tee it up and play," he continued. "But I do feel like that last week (a tie for 20th at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational) I was a little bit off my game a little bit tired, but I think coming into this week the game is fine, it's just a question of making sure that I'm ready mentally by Thursday, and yeah, I believe I can do that."

It will surely be an uphill battle for Harrington to claim the first PGA Championship for his continent. In nine previous starts, his best finish was a tie for 17th in 2002. It's the only major championship in which Harrington has failed to record a top-5 finish.

ANOTHER EURO: Lee Westwood, who was also a member of that 2004 European Ryder Cup team, has been enjoying a fine year of golf, which included a third-place showing at the U.S. Open and a tie for second last week at Firestone.

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"Generally you look at my record, when I get on a roll, I tend to stay on that roll for a good while," Westwood said. "And when I do win, I win a few tournaments in a block. So this will be a good place to start off winning. Obviously carrying a lot of confidence through from last week, and it's always good to come back somewhere where you've played well in the past and you have good memories from."

CHECKING IN WITH TREVOR: South Africa's Trevor Immelman, the Masters champion, has had an up-and-down season.

At the start of the year, he was still feeling the effects of an illness he incurred in 2007 that left him terribly weak.

Nothing will make you feel better than winning a major championship, which is precisely what Immelman did in April.

But after the win, Immelman missed two straight cuts. He bounced back with a playoff appearance in Memphis and looked to be returning to his masterful form, but then his game disappeared again.

"My game is kind of coming and going right now," he said. "I've been working on trying to get it a bit more consistent, but last week was kind of like a typical week for me at this point, two really good rounds. I thought I had something going and then kind of a so-so round on Sunday. So yeah, I need to try and find a bit more consistency I think for me to really feel like I can compete when the gun goes off."

YES, WE KNOW: Jim Furyk might be one of Tiger Woods' closest friends on the PGA Tour. But, that certainly doesn't mean that Furyk is thinking about what it would mean to win a major with Tiger absent.

"Not really my job to figure it all out, so I'm not sure," said Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion. "I don't really pay attention to that. I don't think the guys on Tour really -- as a friend, I wish him well. I hope his recovery is good. I hope he's feeling strong. We need him out here. He obviously is the best player in the world. He builds a lot of excitement around events. But whether he's here or not, I have a job to do and I don't really worry about the impact or -- y'all need something to write about, anyway, so it gives you something to talk about."

Furyk comes into the PGA Championship after a tie for fifth at the Open Championship.

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