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

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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

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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

Padraig Harrington will test his newly repaired right knee at this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The Irishman went under the knife on November 26th and returns for his first taste of tournament golf since then. It was a very minor procedure, but good news that he was able to clear it up and get himself fit. Harrington hoisted the hardware at the 2015 Honda Classic to earn his ticket to Maui this week. Considering this victory was his only finish inside the top 10 over the past two seasons, gamers can look elsewhere this week when filling out their rosters.
Jan 6 - 3:08 PM

Padraig Harrington seems to be faring nicely after having planned surgery on his right knee on Nov. 26.

The Irishman played through a torn meniscus this fall. In fact, he competed in five consecutive weeks in as many countries, culminating his run with a T56 at the CIMB Classic. On Nov. 30, he complemented a photo on Twitter (that you can view at the link below) with the following caption: "Knee op recovery is going great, I could already play if I had to. It helps to have a cryotherapy unit in your garage." The 44-year-old is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR through 2016-17 for winning The Honda Classic earlier this year. He hasn't offered a timetable for his return to competition, but his fantasy value remains low.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 12:32:00 PM

Padraig Harrington was T11 when the British Masters was last held over the Marquess course at Woburn and he'll try his luck there again this year.

That finish came back in 2002, his best result in four starts in the tournament which is returning to the European Tour after falling off the schedule in 2008. Harrington, who is one of five major winners taking part at the tree-lined English venue this week, won the Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR back in March but has posted just one top 30 in 10 starts on the European Tour this year. The Irishman admits he's battling a knee injury and missed the cut in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after rounds of 75-69-71.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 03:07:00 PM

Despite still being troubled by a knee problem, Padraig Harrington will play in his 15th straight Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week.

Harrington has won the prestigious event twice (2002 and 2006), made the top 10 on another four occasions and missed the cut for the only time way back in 2004. It's not a surprise, therefore, that he wants to take his chances again and keep his record of having played in every edition of the pro-am event. The torn meniscus in his right knee didn't stop the three-time major winner finishing a respectable T33 in last week's Italian Open so gamers may feel he's worth the risk here on linksland he knows so well. Harrington played well on his last trip to St. Andrews when posting T20 at the Open Championship and, of course, he lifted the first of his two Claret Jugs at Carnoustie which is one of the other courses being used this week.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 05:01:00 AM

Padraig Harrington submitted a 2-under-par 35-35=70 for his opening round of the Open d'Italia.

This was the Irishman's first live action since revealing that he's going to be playing through a torn meniscus in his right knee. Today at Golf Club Milano, Harrington split only five (of 14) fairways and hit 10 greens in regulation, but he covered three bogeys and an eagle-3 and a trio of birdies. He's seven strokes off the overnight lead and in a share of 57th place.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Padraig Harrington is scheduled to compete in next wee's Italian Open.

If this sounds like a mistake, it isn't. It was a week ago today when we relayed his message on Twitter stating that he has a torn meniscus in his right knee. In what could be classified as the latest misinterpretation given the microblogging platform's limitation for a singular entry, Harrington chased it the following day, writing, "Just to clear things up, I intend to play over the next couple of months. I have to manage the injury in my right knee until the winter break." It's good news for full-season gamers in Europe, but expectations must be tempered as he plays out the year.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 08:45:00 PM

Padraig Harrington alerted his followers on Twitter today that he's going to be out of commission for several months with a knee injury.

The Irishman wrote, "I've had my MRI on my injure right knee. I've a tear in the meniscus. 3 months of managing it in the gym and then a winter op." He didn't specify how long he expects to be sidelined after surgery, but at 44 years of age, it'll probably be a little longer than if he were in his prime. Harrington finished the PGA TOUR season at 103rd in the FedExCup standings. He fully exempt through 2016-17 for winning The Honda Classic this past winter. He's currently 124th in the Race to Dubai standings, but that's only relevant to explain why he won't be missing anything on the European Tour while he recovers.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 10:32:00 AM

Padraig Harrington will play with fellow former champions Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

Harrington (2008 winner), Mickelson (2005) and Dufner (2013) tee off from the 10th at 8:15am on Thursday morning. The Irishman admits he's troubled by a knee problem suffered whilst playing tennis with his children but insists it won't stop him taking part. The three-time major winner will be contesting his 16th PGA but, apart from his victory at Oakland Hills seven years ago, he owns just one other top 10 (T10 at Hazeltine in 2009). At this week's venue, Whistling Straits, he posted T45 in 2004 and missed the cut in 2010. He's a sporadic presence on leaderboards these days but won his first event since the 2008 PGA when capturing this year's Honda Classic in March and also briefly held the lead in the third round of this year's Open before falling back to T20.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 07:30:00 AM

With a third-round 7-under-par 32-33=65, Padraig Harrington posted the new clubhouse lead of 10-under 206 at the 144th Open Championship.

Unless the later groups really go wild, Harrington will have a shot at winning a third Claret Jug. Right now, he's just a stroke behind Jordan Spieth and amateur Paul Dunne although the leaderboard is bunched with the top 13 covered by just two shots. The Irishman raced to the turn in 4-under today with birdies at 1, 3, 5 and 9 and circled three more coming home. Harrington doesn't get into contention often these days but, as he showed when winning March's Honda Classic, the 2007 and 2008 Open champion is a dangerman once he gets the sniff of victory. The 43-year-old hit 16 greens in regulation in round three and took 28 putts.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 11:48:00 AM

Padraig Harrington is in the field for this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

That statement couldn't be made for many years as Harrington continually skipped the event while it was held on the parkland, American-style layout at Loch Lomond. But since the tournament started being played at links venues in 2011, the Irishman feels it now gives him the chance to hone his skills for the following week's Open Championship. Despite struggles elsewhere, Harrington has made the cut in nine of his last 10 starts on Scottish soil with finishes in this event of T27-MC-T16-T14 since 2011. And, of course, he won the first of his back-to-back Open titles in Scotland at Carnoustie in 2007. The three-time major winner's latest form is patchy and he's missed his last two cuts but this is an obvious week for gamers to give him the benefit of the doubt and focus instead on his prowess on links courses.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 05:43:00 PM

Padraig Harrington set the early clubhouse target of 2-under 140 on day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open but was left to reflect on what might have been.

The three-time major winner, who tied for the lead at Royal County Down Thursday with an opening 68, advanced his score to 7-under on Friday morning with birdies at 16, 17 and 1 taking him five clear. But it all fell apart after that as he dropped five shots in the final eight holes to post a 2-over-par 34-39=73. That collapse included a double bogey-6 at the third and also two closing bogeys at 8 and 9. He has the clubhouse lead for now but he's currently two behind Richie Ramsay, who is 4-under with three to play.
Fri, May 29, 2015 08:14:00 AM

Padraig Harrington birdied five of the last eight holes to shoot a 4-under-par 35-32=67 and take the first round lead at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Beware the injured golfer. The three-time major winner withdrew from last week's BMW PGA Championship with a shoulder injury although he said participating at Royal County Down wasn't in question despite it not feeling 100 percent. He made a cautious start today with two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine before slipping over par with another dropped shot at 10. But in the slightly easier afternoon conditions, the Irishman produced a stunning surge with birdies at 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 to jump to the top of the leaderboard. He split only 7 (of 14) fairways and hit 10 greens in regulation but needed just 24 putts. Perhaps we've been here before. Harrington said a pre-tournament wrist injury before his 2008 Open win at Royal Birkdale took the pressure off and lower expectations could well be the key this week although they'll be raised after today's fast start.
Thu, May 28, 2015 01:09:00 PM

Padraig Harrington says he's a definite participant in this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

A shoulder injury ruled him out of last week's BMW PGA Championship but the Irishman believes it's healed sufficiently enough for him to take his place in the field. "I don't feel like there's any doubt about me playing on Thursday," he said in Tuesday's press conference. "It's not quite a hundred percent at the moment. I’m going to get a bit of an assessment after this and then I'm going to have more physiotherapy. But it's a good sign that, while the injury is still there, I have to go looking for it now where earlier on in the week, I couldn't lift my arm without pain." Harrington won his home Open in 2007 and has also finished runner-up on three occasions (2001, 2004 and 2010).
Tue, May 26, 2015 05:28:00 PM