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Padraig Harrington

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 8/31/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 170

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Past champ Padraig Harrington fashioned a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in today's third round of the 98th PGA Championship to reach the three-quarter pole on 4-under 206, currently T10 on the leaderboard and up 51 places on the day.
The 44-year-old won the 2008 edition at Oakland Hills and opened this week, his 18th PGA, in 71-70 to sit one inside the cut line (T61). He went out in 2-under, circling back-to-backs on Nos. 5 and 6, adding further birdies on 12 and 14, and capping with a two-putt birdie after landing the par-5 18th in two. The Irishman hit nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 2.471 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.437 SG: Putting en route to the low lap in the clubhouse with Kevin Kisner. He converted two of his scoring chances from between 10 feet and 13 feet with the highlight a 51'11" bomb at the par-4 sixth. Jul 30 - 3:36 PM

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Padraig Harrington missed the cut the last time the PGA Championship was held at Baltusrol but has some decent form ahead of his second look at the New Jersey venue.

The Irishman shot 76-77 to crash out at halfway in 2005 but three years later won this event after a back-nine duel with Sergio Garcia at Oakland Hills Country Club. He was also T10 when defending at Hazeltine in 2009 but they remain his only top 10s in 16 starts at the year's final major. Harrington, who has missed his last three cuts in the PGA, heads back following a T36 in the Open Championship at Royal Troon. He was also T21 at Royal Troon prior to that and T30 in the Open de France so has sleeper pick potential here. He's been grouped with two other former winners of the Wanamaker trophy, John Daly and Vijay Singh. They set out at 07:50 Thursday from the 1st tee.
Jul 27 - 7:45 AM

Double champion Padraig Harrington will bid to win the claret jug again when he lines up in this week's 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The Irishman dominated this event for two years when winning at Carnoustie after a play-off with Sergio Garcia in 2007 and then defending in brutal conditions at Royal Birkdale in 2008, his 3-over total beating the field by four. Also in his 19 previous starts is a fifth place at Royal Troon in 1997 so it's a course on which he can thrive. Harrington, who was T20 at St Andrews last year, comes in off T21 in the Scottish Open where he was T8 at halfway. Just maybe, he's peaking again at the perfect time. The 44-year-old is grouped with fellow former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Welshman Jamie Donaldon in the first two rounds (they start at 12:26 local time on Thursday).
Jul 12 - 7:03 AM

Padraig Harrington backed up his gutsy opening 70 with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The Irishman used all his veteran links smarts in tough conditions on day one and was able to go one better in improved scoring conditions today. At 5-under 139, he's in solo fourth right now and just two behind halfway leader Danny Lee. Starting at 10, Harrington circled birdies at 13, 16 and 18 on his opening nine and added two more at 2 and 6. His dropped shots came at 17 and 7, the latter after he'd pulled to within a shot of the lead. As a two-time Open champion it's no surprise to see the Irishman in the thick of contention and he, for one, wouldn't mind testing conditions on the weekend as he seeks his first win on European soil since the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Jul 8 - 8:59 AM

Padraig Harrington fashioned the first - and almost certainly only - sub-71 round from the afternoon starters with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the first round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The Castle Stuart Golf Links was taking no prisoners in the latter half of the first day and the two-time Open Championship winner showed all his guile and determination in overcoming strong wind and fast running linksland. On the front nine he opened with a birdie before making bogey at No. 2. He repeated the take and give with red at 6 and blue at 8 to turn in level par. That he returned home in 2-under was stunning. He opened with birdie at 10 and added another at 16, making the most of the two downwind, short par-fours. Elsewhere he ground out the pars. He'll take dinner knowing he is 1 back of the leaders Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar, but almost certainly posted the round of the day.
Jul 7 - 2:34 PM

Proven links performer Padraig Harrington heads to Inverness this week for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

In 2011 the Irishman ranked 4th for Ball Striking when finishing T14 at Castle Stuart Golf Links; 12 months later he shone with the blade, ranking 3rd for Total Putting as he was T16; a year after that it was all kaput and he missed the cut. So there are signs, but it would be wise to note that he’s never ended a round in better shape than that T14 in 2011. He missed 6 cuts in 7 events prior to journeying to Japan for the ISPS Handa Global Cup, which reaped a T9 and he bounced off that to add T30 last week in Paris at the Open de France, with a last round 67 offering hope. With his two Open Championship victories he’ll always be worth considering on the links, but maybe this week will need tough conditions to help him shine.
Jul 5 - 4:12 AM

A total of 65 players made the 36-hole cut at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on 2-over-par 146, but former winner of the event Padraig Harrington was not one of them.

The Irishman has suffered this season, since a bright start in Hawaii at the Tournament of Champions (T6). Indeed this is his fifth failure to make the weekend in his last six attempts as he chalked up 4-over-par 76-72=148. His long game struggled all week as he made just 10 of 28 fairways and 16 of 36 greens in regulation. Joining him in making early exits are: 147 - David Lingmerth ... 149 - Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Brandon Stone ... 150 - Andrew Johnston ... 151 - Scott Hend
May 20 - 2:41 PM

Former Irish Open winner Padraig Harrington returns to a favorite venue, but lacks any sort of form.

You can’t knock the veteran Irishman’s record at The K Club. Twice a runner-up on the Palmer Ryder Cup Course, at the 2001 and 2002 European Opens, he is 12-for-13 on the club's two courses. He’s also 5-for-5 at Vilamoura, another Palmer design, so the test is up his street. A far greater concern is his form. Since impressing when T6 in the Tournament of Champions to kick off the year, he has limped along, never again cracking the top 20 and missing 4 of his last 5 weekends of golf - in fact he’s gone sub-70 just once in his last 18 rounds. A winner and three-time runner-up in the event he’ll need quite a spike in form to replicate those efforts.
May 17 - 5:47 AM

Padraig Harrington finished off his third round of the Valero Texas Open with bogey-6, but otherwise enjoyed a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to post 7-under 209, up 14 on the live leaderboard to T5, and tied for the 54-hole clubhouse lead with three others.

This is just the third appearance for Harrington at TPC San Antonio, posting a T10 on debut in 2013 and a missed cut in 2014 (76-73). He began Moving Day on 3-under (T19) after opening in 70-71, seven adrift of 36-hole leader Brendan Steele. The 44-year-old, who's making his 10th start of the season with a lone top 10 at the Hyundai TOC (T6), split 10 (of 14) fairways and managed 10 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.400 putts per GIR. He circled four the conventional way from inside of five feet, but rolled in two from between 12 and 16 feet, and added a hole-out for birdie-3 at the 10th from 11 yards away. Harrington squared three, all on failed scrambles.
Apr 23 - 4:46 PM

Padraig Harrington knows that Delhi GC will provide a tough test when he pegs it up in this week's Hero Indian Open.

The winning score last year was 7-under and, ahead of the event, Harrington told, "It is difficult off the tees. You get the ball going the wrong way and it might end up into the trees. A lot of intimidating factor off the tees but the goal is conservative off the tees and aggressive attacking the greens. You have to accept that you will make a few mistakes which results in double bogeys but hopefully you make enough birdies to counter that." Harrington hasn't played in India since the Amateur Golf Championship of India in Calcutta in 1992. The three-time major winner has cashed in six of his seven events on the PGA TOUR so far this season, posting T33 in last week's Valspar Championship. His best is a sixth place at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions while he also added a T21 at Pebble Beach.
Mar 16 - 10:36 AM

Defending champ Padraig Harrington bobbed and weaved to a 2-under-par 35-33=68 in round two of The Honda Classic to post 1-over 141, up 55 spots on the live leaderboard to T27.

Harrington was a WD from the Wednesday pro-am and it was reported that he was receiving treatment on his back. He did make the start -- his eighth overall -- and opened his second Honda defense (2005 winner) in 3-over 73 (two birdies, three bogeys and a double). The 44-year-old began his second frame off No. 10 tee and looked destined for an early exit with bogey-5 on 10 and double on the par-4 11th. He played those same two holes in R1 in double-bogey, bogey. The reigning champ rebounded with birdies at Nos. 12, 13, 15, 16 and 18. Three of those traveled between 13 and 19 feet and he added a chip-in birdie-2 at the 15th to turn 2-under. Two more circles at three and four were erased with squares at seven and nine (failed scrambles) to complete his scoring.
Feb 26 - 5:29 PM

Padraig Harrington has withdrawn from the Honda Classic pro-am, but is still a go for the main event.

Brian Wacker of reported the news via Twitter by announcing "Padraig Harrington a WD from today's pro-am. Getting back worked on." It's pivotal to note this is just the pro-am, and Harrington is still in the field for the main event this week. Regardless, Harrington's win here last year was completely out of the blue. For anyone holding onto hope that he repeats, this might be a good chance to cut bait and run.
Feb 24 - 10:18 AM

Defending champ Padraig Harrington returns for his eighth playing of The Honda Classic and defends his Honda title for a second time.

Harrington ended a near seven-year winless drought when he won the Honda (as a 200/1 long shot) for a second time last year. Although the first was at a previous venue (CC at Mirasol), both wins were ultimately settled in playoffs. Of his six career wins on TOUR, the 2005 Honda was his first, and the 2015 Honda his most recent. In last year's weather-plagued edition -- which went to a Monday finish -- the Irishman erased a three-stroke deficit in the final round before eliminating then-rookie Daniel Berger on the second hole of sudden death. At 43 years, 6 months, 2 days, he became the tournament's oldest winner and was playing on a sponsor exemption. Harrington is 5-for-6 this season and ranks 92nd in the FedExCup standings.
Feb 23 - 11:16 PM

Padraig Harrington painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-34=67 in today's final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to wrap his debut at 17-under 275, T6 on the leaderboard with play still in progress.

Similar to his playoff win at The Honda Classic way back in March, Harrington's showing this week came out of nowhere. Although a five-time winner on TOUR prior to the Honda, this was his first visit to Maui and it turned out to be the right one. The 44-year-old entered this week without a top 10 since his title at PGA National and after opening in 70-67-70, began his finale frame on 11-under (T12). On his round, he found nine (of 15) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, converting on six chances. All six came from inside five feet. The Irishman's week totals show 20 birdies, one eagle and five bogeys. At last check, he ranked seventh in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green and 17th in strokes gained: putting.
Jan 10 - 9:20 PM

Padraig Harrington returns to action with a bang, signing for a 3-under-par 35-35=70 during round one of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The Irishman is making his first start since going under the knife at the end of November to clean up a torn meniscus in his right knee. Harrington had no course history entering the week but played four practice rounds to wet his whistle before the main event. Gamers shouldn't get carried away with Paddy moving forward, but they can at least drop him off their injury watch lists.
Jan 7 - 8:38 PM