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US Open 2005
Ernie Els seeking third US Open title
Pinehurt's greens will be key challenge
Reteif Goosen quietly confident of chances
Padraig Harrington says Pinehurst harder than Augusta
Pinehurst will prove to be a tough test
USGA promise a fair test for US Open
Tiger Woods in confident mood
Phil Mickelson returns to a special Pinehurst
Padraig Harrington hoping to break through
Payne Stewart's image on 72nd hole flag
Retief Goosen looking for title defence
Payne Stewart forever linked to Pinehurst
Tiger Woods set on new records
Leading contenders for the 2005 US Open

Padraig Harrington hoping to break through

Padraig Harrington assessed his game as ``shabby'' heading into the U.S. Open. In other words, he's right on course for a good week.

As is his custom, the 33-year-old Irishman found himself struggling a bit Tuesday, hoping to cram in enough work before the first round to contend again in this event. He has three top 10s in seven previous starts.

``I'm the sort of person that on a Tuesday is kind of trying to gather everything together,'' Harrington said. ``I always look to my weaknesses before I start a tournament and try and get them up to strengths. That's always the same feeling every tournament, certainly every major, is that I'd like another week.''

Not that he would change anything.

``Yeah, I've won when I've played shabby nearly every event,'' Harrington said. ``I usually play very well when I'm in that form.''

His season started off well enough, with his first PGA Tour victory coming in the Honda Classic. Since then, he's fallen into a bit of funk, and a tie for ninth in New Orleans is his best effort in five starts since. Harrington missed the cut last week at the Booz Allen Classic.

Still, he would like nothing more than to become the first European to win the Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

``To be honest, the courses in Europe are being set up with about 22-, 24-yard fairways like this and the rough is intended to be heavier than it is here,'' Harrington said. ``You know it's going to happen sooner or later. We're going to get a few wins in the U.S. Open.''