Golf: Attitude Change Was Key to My Success, Says Padraig

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PADRAIG HARRINGTON believes his European Order of Merit success is down to a change in attitude.

"You can't beat yourself up when things are going badly," he said.

"I had to change my attitude. I had to get away from it and not beat myself up if results didn't happen."

The Irishman altered his mindset around the time of the British Masters in May as he continued to search for the form which for a while had made him Europe's top player in the world.

He believes it is why he is, after a truly dramatic climax to the season, the new European Tour number one.

"If I still had the attitude I had earlier in the year I never would be in this position," said Harrington, who with pounds 1.66m pipped Paul Casey to the money list title by just pounds 23,616 - thanks to the fact that Sergio Garcia bogeyed the final hole of the final event yesterday.

It was the 30th runners-up finish of the Dubliner's career - but none has ever tasted sweeter. …