Harrington believes he can win more majors after strong showing at Masters

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Padraig Harington tied for eighth at the Masters, his best finish at a major since winning the PGA Championship four years ago.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 11:37 a.m.

Padraig Harrington has reiterated that he can win more majors following his eighth-place finish at the Masters.

Harrington had said back in January that he could recapture the form that saw him win a PGA Championship and back-to-back British Open crowns, despite a poor run of form seeing him slump to 96th in the world rankings.

And having recorded his best finish at a major since winning the PGA Championship four years ago, Harrington believes his display at Augusta National can be the start of a big comeback.

Even double-bogeying the last hole didn’t change things in his mind. His chance of victory had gone by then.

"I was very composed and relaxed," said the 40-year-old, who has now climbed to 80th in the world. "Doubling the last cost me money, but nothing else. Maybe one day coming down 18, I will have to hole that putt that I three-putted and I will know it is quick.

"I was on an even keel all day -- there were no highs or lows in my round at all. I'd be happy if I was like that every Sunday at a major because you are going to win plenty playing golf like that," he explained. "I feel like I was in a very comfortable place. I haven't been putting well and I putted really well. I am going to take a lot of comfort away from this -- there were a lot of good things.

"I was very comfortable on the golf course this week, which bodes well for future Masters," he added. "I feel like I found a very nice place mentally. There's good things in me going forward. I feel I'm on an upswing, an upturn in my game. So yeah, I'm looking forward to going forward."

The signs had been coming. In February, Harrington came in seventh at Pebble Beach and last month he began the Transitions Championship in Florida with a 61 -- the lowest round of his career.

Harrington is playing the RBC Heritage this week, and with No. 1 Luke Donald the only member of the world's top 10 in the field it is a golden opportunity to make further progress. – not just up the world rankings, but up the Ryder Cup points table.

Harrington is only 30th on the European Tour list and 26th on the world points list. The top five in each qualify automatically for Jose Maria Olazabal's side at the end of August and he then adds two wild cards.

The Irishman received one of those from Colin Montgomerie two years ago, but knows that competition is going to be even tougher this time.

As things stand, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Simon Dyson, Martin Laird, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez are also among those outside the top 10.