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January 07, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Padraig Harrington says he'll be playing at 70

Posted at 3:15 PM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Padraig Harrington

It's been more than 20 years since his professional debut, but Irishman Padraig Harrington says he is just as enthusiastic about the game as ever, according to a UK Yahoo Sports report.

"I have conversations with a lot of sports people and if I talk to a soccer player and he tells me he's 32 and he's retiring I scream at him," the triple major champion said.

"Whether I scream at himself physically or I'm screaming inside my head, I'm saying 'Don't do it!'

"I'm not a guy who can just say no. You are retired for a long time and I tell you what, I'll still be playing competitive golf when I'm 70."

The three-time Major winner ended a two-year slump with a victory at the Grand Slam of Golf in October of 2012.

The 41-year-old, who will make his 2013 debut at the Volvo Golf Champions tournament in South Africa this week, has spent much of his offseason preparing for the new year.

"Over the last five weeks you'd be hard pressed to find somebody who's done more time, more practice, more anything on their game than I have," he said.

"If anything I'm still trying to keep a balance on things. I might be doing too much practice, thinking about golf too much, playing too many tournaments.

Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

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