Padraig Harrington relishing Olympics chance


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Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington says he cannot wait to compete in the Olympic Games and has set his sights on winning a gold medal.

Golf returns to the Olympics this summer but a number of high profile players have already decided to not play in Brazil.

Concerns of the Zika virus have caused problems for many, while some players have opted out due to busy schedules.

The likes of Adam Scott, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson have all decided to withdraw from the event.

With McIlroy and Graeme McDowell withdrawing, Harrington has been selected to play for Ireland and he admits he cannot wait to play.

He told Reuters: “I’m really looking forward to Rio. My whole family are going. “We’re busy getting our tickets organized for the second week that we’re there. It’s a big deal for us.

I’m going down there to try and win. No doubt about it, I believe I can win. “I could understand if you haven’t won a major, making that more of a priority.

But I think an Olympic gold would add a lot to my career.” The 44-year-old, who is now ranked 150th in the world, will warm up for the Olympics by playing in the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol this weekend.

He is currently priced at 201.00 to win the event, while the favourite is Dustin Johnson at odds of 9.00.

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