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Padraig Harrington

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 8/31/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 170

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Padraig Harrington, the 2008 winner, will try his luck again in this week's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina.
The Irishman edged out Sergio Garcia at Oakland Hills nine years ago, the third leg of a red-hot streak that saw him win three majors in the space of 13 months. He's only managed one top 10 in the event since (2009) but did post T13 at Baltusrol last year to show he could still be an interesting sleeper pick. That idea is backed up by some decent recent form on both sides of the Atlantic. Harrington may have missed the cut at Royal Birkdale this time but before that he was T4 at the Scottish Open and in June he took T17 in the Travelers Championship. At Quail Hollow, he's missed his last four cuts but scored back-to-back top 10s at the course in 2010 and 2011. Aug 8 - 8:35 AM

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Padraig Harrington will head to Royal Birkdale with a smile on his face after a final round 6-under-par 33-33=66 gave him a total of 8-under 280, good for T4 in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.

It was an up-and-down week for the Irishman who next week celebrates both the ten year anniversary of his first Open win and also his first competitive return to Royal Birkdale since his victory there in 2008. On Sunday he kept bogeys off the card all day. There were three birdies on each nine: 3, 5 and 9 heading out, 10, 16 and 18 on the way back. He will rue the third round 79, especially when he considers that he finished five shots back of the play-off, but he will head to Southport ready to peak rather than having peaked.
Jul 16 - 2:41 PM

Double Open winner Padraig Harrington crafted a bogey-free 4-under-par 35-33=68 in round two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, moving to 9-under 135 at the midpoint and claiming a three-shot clubhouse lead over Matt Kuchar.

The Irishman's love of the links shone through again on the second day as he used some veteran moves to jump into a clear lead. It's a healthy advantage right now although some warmer afternoon conditions at Dundonald Links on the Ayrshire coast could help the chasing pack. Harrington, who took just 22 putts in his opening 67, started his day at the 10th and played a steady opening nine, shooting eight pars and a single birdie on the par-5 14th. He then kicked clear with red circles at 1, 2 and 5 before parring his way to the clubhouse. He may want to iron out some loose driving over the weekend but from this position the three-time major winner has shown he can be very hard to dislodge. And, of course, his great play so far comes just a week before he returns to contest the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale where he took victory the last time the tournament was played there in 2008.
Jul 14 - 9:09 AM

Padraig Harrington was a smart, if late, finisher on Thursday at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, and his excellent 5-under-par 32-35=67 left him T2 at Dundonald Links in Troon, just two back of the leader Mikko Ilonen.

The Irishman continues his Open Championship return to Birkdale journey, one that is without doubt gathering momentum and the smile on his face suggests he knows it. His front nine was splashed with red to denote par breakers at 1, 3, 5 and 8. There were two more on the back nine at 11 and 13, but bogeys at 12 and 15 set him back before a crucial conclusion to the lap. At 16 he chipped in from off the green to save his par, he made birdie-3 at 17 and although he couldn’t make anything of the vulnerable par-5 final hole he’ll take dinner with confidence. He’s tied with five others on 5-under: Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Callum Shinkwin, Andrew Dodt and Paul Peterson.
Jul 13 - 2:26 PM

Padraig Harrington will continue his Open preparation with (hopefully) a week at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open hosted by Dundonald Links in Troon, Ayrshire.

It’s quite interesting – and maybe telling – that one of golf’s greatest plotters and planners never played the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond. He teed it up at Carnoustie in 1996 and then only returned to the event when it hits the links again. He’s never especially thrived, but he clearly feels it is a fine primer for the Open Championship. His links pedigree needs little introduction; two Claret Jugs says all we need to know. The real question concerns his form and the answer is that you get the sense it is close to being good. He was T8 at halfway in the Travelers Championship before ending the week T17, then last week posted 68-69 at Portstewart, both laps which could have been lower with some luck, before a pair of weekend 71s saw him close out for T42.
Jul 11 - 4:21 PM

2007 champion Padraig Harrington heads north to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC in Co. Londonderry.

Recent visits by this tournament to Northern Ireland have initially suited the two-time Open champion. In 2012 he opened 67-67 to be T3 at halfway and remained in contention whilst finishing T7; in 2015 there was another 67 to start at Royal Portrush, but following laps of 73-78-76 saw him tumble to T43. The Irishman must be pumped by the prospect of returning to Royal Birkdale in three weeks time, the first time he has returned to either of the courses he won The Open at. He also made a sneaky return from injury at the Travelers Championship. Remember, he had a freak accident whilst coaching, but bounced back to shoot 66-69 to be T8 at halfway and after a third round lapse he was T17.
Jul 4 - 5:57 AM

Padraig Harrinton has withdrawn from this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, citing an elbow injury after being hit by the practice swing of an amateur. Charlie Wi will take his spot in the field. UPDATE: Harrington returned to action June 22nd with a bogey-free 4-under-par 66 at the Travelers Championship.

Harrington shared the story via Twitter saying, "I was hit on the elbow with a practice swing by an amateur I was coaching at an outing." The Irishman was set to make his 11th appearance at the St. Jude Classic with a pair of top 10s already on his TPC Southwind resume. Gamers should consider this a freak injury and you would expect it to be a short-term injury that gets better with some ice and rest. UPDATE: He would later add, "I'll only be out for 12 days or so to let stitches heal."
Jun 6 - 11:35 AM

Two-time Honda Classic champion and World No. 148 Padraig Harrington is 4-for-8 in the kickoff event of the Florida Swing and tees it up the first two rounds with Justin Thomas and defending champ Adam Scott.

The 45-year-old won his first (of six) TOUR titles at the Honda in 2005, prevailing in a playoff at CC at Mirasol (Sunset). He won again in 2015 (at the current venue), his most recent TOUR title, also in sudden death, defeating then-rookie Daniel Berger in a two-hole playoff. The Ulsterman claimed the 2015 edition on a sponsor invite and as a 200/1 dog and finished T43 last year in defense. He's in the final season of fully exempt status from the 2015 win, and enters the week 1-for-4, cashing a T39 last week at the weather-plagued Genesis Open. Gamers should also be aware that Harrington is playing through a trapped nerve in his neck, making him a risky option in any format.
Feb 22 - 2:32 PM

World No. 150 Padraig Harrington birdied his final three holes en route to a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's first round of the Genesis Open, currently T3 among the morning wave.

The 45-year-old is making his 11th straight appearance at Riviera CC and owns a pair top 10s, including a best of T3 in 2008. More recently, he posted T56/2015 and T45 last year (71-70-66-75). The Irishman is fully exempt on TOUR through the end of this season from his win at the 2015 Honda Classic. He won his 11th European Tour title at the Portugal Masters back in October, played the 3-event Desert Swing in T46-T55-T31, then took nine weeks off. Harrington opened the PGA TOUR season with three straight missed cuts (Farmers, Phoenix Open, AT&T Pro-Am). He circled five birdies today against one square on 12 (of 13) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, with his longest conversion of 26'3" coming at the par-4 seventh.
Feb 16 - 4:37 PM

Padraig Harrington makes his annual pilgrimage back to the Monterey Peninsula for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The Irishman will never turn away from a chance to play some links golf. This will be his 11th straight appearance at this event. He is 7-for-10 overall and highlights include a T7 in 2012 as well as three other finishes of T21 or better. The only down side for gamers is his recent form as he arrives on the heels of missed cuts at the Farmers as well as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. On the bright side, this will be his third straight week in action, so perhaps he's worked out some of the kinks. If the weather picks up like it's supposed to this week, Harrington will likely relish the task.
Feb 8 - 1:16 PM

After a gap of six years Padraig Harrington returns to the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa this week.

Despite his recent victory the three-time major champion dwells at 48th in the Race to Dubai so cannot afford a poor week if he wants to confirm his place in the DP World Tour Championship. He has course experience - and more of it than most in the field, albeit he hasn't played since 2010. In five starts in the tournament he has never finished worse than T13, with a best of T3 in 2006. He was also T4 in the Dimension Data Pro-am back in 1997. A big concern would be his final round performance here: he's never broken 70 and only once bested 73. He does boast a strong South African log book and his last three visits, all for the Volvo Golf Champions from 2012 through 2014, saw him rack up three top tens. Last week his response to the win in Portugal saw him opening with a 72 in Turkey folllowed by three 69s for T31.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Padraig Harrington claimed a first European Tour title in eight years when he carded a 6-under-par round of 33-32=65 to win the Portugal Masters at Victoria Club de Golfe by one shot from Andy Sullivan on 22-under 261.

On a fourth consecutive day of low-scoring the veteran Irishman clinched his 31st professional victory with a flawless lap of the Arnold Palmer-design. His front nine was a sedate affair, with two birdies (at 2 and 7) and seven pars. But he wasted little time making a move on the back nine: He holed from a greenside bunker on 11 for birdie and made it back-to-back red at 12. Ticking another par breaker at 14 granted him a one-shot lead, but with the par-5 17th looming he knew there was a chance he would be caught. However the hole also offered hope of re-establishing the advantage and he duly did just that with a birdie-4. The final drama came at 18 where he completed a superb up and down from the back of the green. Once one of the best closers in the game it was notable that the stare and lip bite were back as he repelled Sullivan. "I tried to be really aggressive," he said afterwards. "No matter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down."
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 01:06:00 PM

Padraig Harrington ground out a third round 4-under-par 31-36=67 to head into Sunday at the Portugal Masters one shot behind the co-leaders Mikko Korhonen and Anders Hansen on 17-under 196.

The veteran Irishman was on fire early in his lap of the Victoria Clube de Golfe, making five birdies in the first ten holes at 1, 6, 8, 9 and 10. Perhaps, after the rush of red around the turn, it was inevitable that he took a step backwards and indeed he did so with bogeys at 11 and 14, but he forced another par breaker in-between at No. 12. He missed from 6'0" for birdie at 15 before needing to show his finest fighting qualities as he tried to close out the round. His approach shot to the par-5 16th found water, but he got up and down for par. Then at the last he sprayed his drive right into the rough and had to force his ball up near the green, without finding the lake. He did so and then got up and down for par. He'll rue the finish, but remains bang in contention for a first European Tour title since the 2008 PGA Championship and first win since the 2015 Honda Classic.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 12:50:00 PM

Padraig Harrington thrashed an 8-under-par 31-32=63 in his second round at the Portugal Masters on Friday and moved to within a shot of the halfway lead.

That's better from the Irishman. Harrington had missed his last three cuts on the European Tour but has found a groove at Victoria Clube de Golfe this week, shooting 14 birdies and an eagle so far. Today, he moved to 13-under 129 despite having a bogey-6 on his card at the short 500-yard par-5 12th. That blip came after he'd painted red at 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 and 11. He quickly recovered with further birdies at 14, 16 and 17 to end the day in T3 and just a single stroke behind 36-hole pacesetters Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 01:39:00 PM

Two-time Alfred Dunhill Links Championship winner Padraig Harrington missed the cut in the 2016 renewal after posting a 54-hole total of 2-under-par 214.

The Irishman had failed to play on Sunday just once in his first 14 visits to the event, a period of time in which he claimed victory in 2002 and 2006, and notched no less than six top ten finishes, but this is his second missed cut on the trot. He failed to break 70 once, going 70-73-71 for the week. Other notables returning home 18 holes early include: 214 - Andrew Johnston … 215 - Eddie Pepperell, Edoardo Molinari … 216 - Simon Dyson … 217 - Tom Lewis … 218 - Joost Luiten … 219 - Matthew Fitzpatrick, Branden Grace … 222 - Danny Willett … 226 - Lee Westwood.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 12:09:00 PM