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Harrington on a mission to regain his Euro status

PADRAIG HARRINGTON hasn&rsquo;t given up hope of regaining his status as European Tour No1 despite spending much of the season Stateside.<br /><br />The three-time Major winner currently lies 21st on the Race to Dubai money-list, over &euro;1m behind leader Martin Kaymer.<br /><br />Harrington is looking to claim a third victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland this weekend in the knowledge that a win will half the deficit and increase his chances of catching the German.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got five events left to give myself a chance,&rdquo; the 2006 Order of Merit winner said. &ldquo;I probably need to win two and a few other things to go right, but that would be the goal at the moment.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is one of my favourite tournaments of the year. Not often do we get to play links golf and I think the set-up really suits me well.&rdquo;<br /><br />Kaymer misses the event as he continues to recover from surgery on broken toes suffered in a go-kart accident.<br /><br />Second-placed Paul Casey is also sidelined with a rib injury, although Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher will also be looking to take advantage and keep Harrington out of the equation.