Padraig Harrington believes this week’s US Masters will be like any other Major for him, and that there is no added pressure simply because he is going for three in a row.

The Irishman was all smiles at Augusta National on Tuesday, but remained calm when asked about the potential third leg of what is being called ‘The Paddy Slam’.

“If I had won the US Open and the USPGA, I would not be going for three Majors in a row, but for me there would be just as much pressure. This is a Major and another chance to win the Masters. All of those things bring their own pressure.”

With much of the talk on Harrington’s dominance of the two Majors with which Tiger Woods was absent from, the Irishman is now seen as a main rival to the American’s world number one spot. But Harrington remains unfazed by such suggestions, claiming his number one rival is himself.

“I’m always fighting myself. That’s it. I’m always competing with myself. So I’m always trying to better myself.

“I’m totally focused on trying to get the best performance out of myself, so I don’t believe in trying to compete against one individual. You can’t just focus on that.”

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