Padraig Harrington says Turkey’s troubles will make fans more welcoming

• Irish golfer remembers grateful golf fans in 1980s Northern Ireland
• Rory McIlroy among those to have withdrawn from Turkish Airlines Open

Padraig Harrington has drawn upon a bleak period in Northern Ireland’s history to play down concerns over the staging of the Turkish Airlines Open this week.

The Dubliner, a three-time major winner, is one of the marquee names remaining here after Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer belatedly withdrew over security fears. Contrary to reports, the Open champion Henrik Stenson was never entered to play in Turkey but the tournament build-up has been disrupted by those staying away.

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