Padraig Harrington will be looking to use all his experience this week at what is expected to be a wild and windy KLM Open.

The two-time Open Championship winner knows a thing or two about playing in the wind, with his formative years in Ireland helping to hone his game.

The breeze got the better of him at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open as he fired a third round 79 after heading into the weekend with a share of the lead.

That sort of round has been the exception rather than the rule throughout a long and illustrious career, however, and the 46 year old is confident he has the tools to cope.

“Last time I played in these kind of winds was the Scottish Open where I got blown off the course on the Saturday,” he said. “Hopefully I can survive a bit better this week as we are due to get a lot of wind this week so it’s going to be a battle.

Hopefully I can play my way into this tournament and give myself a chance to win – Padraig Harrington

“Obviously I am well equipped to handle that battle but you need to get the little breaks here and there to help you handle conditions like that.”

Harrington is well known as a student and innovator of the game and while he admits he sometimes can overthink his swing, he knows he can still compete when he gets it working.

“I have to admit that I’m a little bit rusty as I haven’t played for three weeks and then, as you know with me, I have spent those three weeks hitting a lot of balls and now I have got too much going on in my head so I need to calm that down before we get going on Thursday,” he said.

“If I can do that then hopefully I can play my way into this tournament and give myself a chance to win.”