Padraig Harrington made a splendid recovery after a poor one under on the opening day.
Padraig Harrington made a splendid recovery after a poor one under on the opening day.

Harrington raises the bar on his performance

ABU DHABI // Padraig Harrington, winner of the last two majors and a logical favourite here, looked as though he was capable of fulfilling those expectations when he improved his score by five strokes in the first eight holes of the final round. The Irishman, 16 under par at that stage, finished the round with only one shot lesser and eventually settle for a share of fifth place.

However, Harrington chose to see it as good preparation to improve his prospects. "I'm pleased with what I saw out there," he said. "I've got two weeks now to work on some of the things I've seen and then I will try to get myself into competitive mode." If Harrington did not regard himself in competitive mode yet, then it augured well for the coming year. After a battling 71 in Thursday's opening round he shot two 66s and a 68 and made a good job of hiding what he insisted are inadequacies in his game after his winter break.

"I've scored well but my scores have flattered me, considering the way I have played here," he remarked. "I did not expect to shoot 17 under par. If you had offered me 12 under at the start I would have sat in the clubhouse feeling very happy at the end. "I thought 12 under had a chance because the rough was heavy out there but so many players have had good scores. "But we were not predicting the greens to be as soft as they have been [they were waterlogged on the first morning of the tournament] and we didn't expect there to be so little wind."

Harrington believes Abu Dhabi is the ideal place to hone your game for the new season. "Players coming here see it as a two-fold opportunity," he said. "We get perfect conditions to play golf in but we also get perfect conditions for practising if we are not in our best form. "You don't want to be going anywhere at this time of the year where conditions are going to be less than perfect because this is the time when you have to put in a lot of work on your game."


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Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

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Starring: Owen Teague, Freya Allen, Kevin Durand

Rating: 3.5/5

Turning waste into fuel

Average amount of biofuel produced at DIC factory every month: Approximately 106,000 litres

Amount of biofuel produced from 1 litre of used cooking oil: 920ml (92%)

Time required for one full cycle of production from used cooking oil to biofuel: One day

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▪ Water- 31 litres
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Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

Abu Dhabi racecard

5pm: Maiden (Purebred Arabians); Dh80,000; 1,400m.
5.30pm: Maiden (PA); Dh80,00; 1,400m.
6pm: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup (PA); Group 3; Dh500,000; 1,600m.
6.30pm: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup (Thoroughbred); Listed; Dh380,000; 1,600m
7pm: Wathba Stallions Cup for Private Owners Handicap (PA); Dh70,000; 1,400m.
7.30pm: Handicap (PA); Dh80,000; 1,600m

What's in my pazhamkootan?

Parippu – moong dal and coconut curry
Sambar – vegetable-infused toor dal curry
Aviyal – mixed vegetables in thick coconut paste
Thoran – beans and other dry veggies with spiced coconut
Khichdi – lentil and rice porridge

Kootukari – stew of black chickpeas, raw banana, yam and coconut paste
Olan – ash gourd curry with coconut milk
Pulissery – spiced buttermilk curry
Rasam – spice-infused soup with a tamarind base

Payasam – sweet vermicelli kheer