1 Aug 2011

Harrington to take a break from long time coach

7:38 am on 1 August 2011

The three-times major golf champion Padraig Harrington has decided to take a break from his coach of 13 years, Bob Torrance, as he tries to take stock of his career after a run of poor form.

Torrance, father of former Ryder Cup captain and player Sam Torrance and a highly-respected golf teacher, made the announcement on Monday at the Irish Open.

Harrington has struggled with his form since winning the 2008 U.S. PGA Championship title and missed the cut at Killarney.

The 39-year-old Irishman changed his swing more than two years ago but that decision led to him sliding down the world rankings from third in 2009 to 64th this week.

Torrance says Harrington hasn't indicated he's looking for a new coach.