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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - A few years ago, Padraig Harrington would've gladly settled for three major championships.

Now, it's not enough.

The two-time British Open champion said the outlook changes after having a few major titles in one's trophy case. In addition to winning back-to-back at Carnoustie and Birkdale (2007-08), he captured the 2008 PGA Championship.

"I'm sure when I had zero, if somebody told me I was to win three, I would have said, 'Thank you very much. I'll take that,'" Harrington said. "Now, of course, I've won three. It's all about just one more. That's human nature."

The Irishman hasn't won a sanctioned tournament since his PGA triumph at Oakland Hills nearly two years ago, and his best finish in the past six majors is 10th.

"I want to go out and win more majors, and, if anything, I'm too pushy, too hard and trying too hard," Harrington said.

He sure seemed relaxed Monday. After a practice round, he stopped to sign autographs for a few fans.

"I actually don't need my sports psychologist with me anymore this week," Harrington joked. "I'm going to work with the journalists."

WATSON WATCH: Tom Watson has more to do than just work on his shaky iron play heading into the major he came achingly close to winning last year at the ripe ol' age of 59.

He posed for pictures after Sunday's practice round, played in blustery conditions. He doled out local knowledge.

"St. Andrews is a place where people are just happy. ... It's a place that people truly enjoy," Watson said.

But everyone wants to know: Can he pull off another turn-back-the-clock performance? A year ago at Turnberry, he lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff after missing an 8-foot par on the 72nd hole that would have made him the oldest major champion in golf history.

"Ask me Wednesday," Watson said. "I don't have my arsenal firing right now. My iron play is sketchy right now. I've got to see if I can get it homed down."

PAIRINGS:Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds with Justin Rose, one of the hottest players around, with two PGA Tour wins in his past three starts. It will be the first time they have played together in the Open since 2002 at Muirfield. Former Florida star Camilo Villegas is the other player in the group, which tees off at 9:09 a.m. local time (4:09 Eastern).

Fast facts

British Open

When/where: Thursday-Sunday; Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland

Defending champion: Stewart Cink

Purse: $7 million

TV:4 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday;4 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday;7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday; 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday; all on ESPN.