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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 had a share of the lead on the back nine of the Turkish Airlines Open but eventually had to settle for solo fourth after finishing on 16-under 268 following a final-round 4-under-par 32-35=67.
That was two swings behind winner Justin Rose. Harrington started the day in T3 and began his closer with a birdie at 1 followed by a bogey at 2. He picked up further shots at 6 and 9 and kept his hopes alive with an amazing par save at 10 after holing from 60 feet following a visit to the water. He did give one back at 11 but responded with a bounceback birdie at 12 and then moved into a tie for the lead after converting a 12-foot eagle putt at 15. But when one final push was needed he couldn't find it and closed with three straight pars. The Irishman was only 52nd for Green In Regulation this week but ranked 2nd for Putts Per Round. As a tournament invite, he didn't receive any Race to Dubai points. Nov 5 - 10:41 AM

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With the joint best round of the day, a 7-under-par 29-35=64, Padraig Harrington jumped up to tied third place at the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort and will start the final day just two shots behind joint-leaders Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Having received an invite this week, the three-time major winner won't bank any Race to Dubai points. However, he could still leave Turkey with another trophy to his name after thriving on 'Moving Day' and climbing to 12-under 201. Harrington started with a pair of pars but then went on a birdie blitz, with red numbers at 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 seeing him turn in just 29. Another followed at 12 and his 15-foot birdie from the fringe at the next represented a 10th one-putt in 13 holes. He did take a step back with bogey-6 at 15 after finding water but he got the shot back at 17 with a 20 footer. Harrington, who had started the third round nine shots off the pace, will be chasing a 16th European Tour win on Sunday.
Nov 4 - 11:04 AM

Tournament invitee Padraig Harrington hoisted up a bogey-free 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open, finishing the day in T4 and just a single shot behind co-leaders Nicolas Colsaerts, Haydn Porteous and Joost Luiten.

Harrington is down at 118th on the Race to Dubai so hadn't done enough to qualify automatically (top 70 available players). But he made the most of his call with a burst of scoring in the middle chunk of his round today, all six birdies coming in the space of 11 holes (4, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 14). He told europeantour.com "If I drive it well, I can score. I drove it well. I gave myself lots of chances. Just kept it nicely in play all day. The greens are beautiful. If you're hitting good shots you can hole a lot of putts out there."
Nov 2 - 9:53 AM

Padraig Harrington is looking to finish a stop-start-stop season on a high, beginning with this week's Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

The Irishman made his debut in the tournament in 2013 when he went sub-70 on the first lap at Montgomerie Maxx Royal but failed to do so the rest of the week. Then 12 months ago on this week's course he did the opposite, opening with a 72 and adding three 69s. In neither week did he threaten to contend, logging T50 and T31. The midsummer high of the T4 at the Scottish Open hinted at a possibly sunny return to Royal Birkdale a week later, scene of his 2008 Open triumph, but he missed the cut and is just 6-for-9 since that good week. There was, however, some promise in his T27 last time out in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Plays on an invitation.
Oct 31 - 1:24 PM

Two-time Alfred Dunhill Links Championship winner Padraig Harrington returns to the festival of golf hosted annually by The Old Course, St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

This week will mark the Irishman's 17th return to the tournament and his record is painted with stellar efforts. Not just the two wins in 2002 and 2006, but a further nine top 30 finishes, four of them top tens and another three saw him feature in the top ten at some point earlier in the week. Alas the past two years have been less kind to him. He missed just one cut in his first 14 visits before departing early on both of his most recent appearances. More promisingly he was T4 at the Scottish Open when he was very chipper about the state of his game. Unfortunately four missed cuts followed. He did, however, open his defense of the Portugal Masters with two 67s on his way to T25.
Oct 3 - 10:49 AM

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 8 - 8:35 AM

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 8 - 1:16 PM