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Padraig Harrington

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 8/31/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 170

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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. Nov 8 - 5:22 PM

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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."
Oct 23 - 1:06 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.
Oct 22 - 12:50 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.
Oct 21 - 1:39 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.
Oct 8 - 12:09 PM

Padraig Harrington will make a first visit to Germany in 10 years when he plays the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach this week.

What makes that lost decade even more remarkable is that the 45-year-old has a sensational record in Germany. He's made 32 starts in the country, racking up a 69% top 20 rate and turns over top fives 35% of the time. He's missed just four cuts, claimed two wins and finished second six times (including two defeats in play-offs). The last of those extra hole near-misses came on his last start there in the 2006 BMW International Open. More recently he struggled early season, missing 6 weekends in 7, but has now made 7 in 8 and although he missed the cut in Italy last week he was T7 heading into the final round of the Olympics before slipping back to T21. Interesting little footnote: he made his European Tour debut in this tournament, in Ireland, in 1995.
Sep 19 - 2:58 PM

Ireland's Padraig Harrinton twirled a 4-under-par 31-36=67 during round three of the Men's Olympic Golf Competition, arriving at the finale on 5-under 208.

The Links specialist took a few rounds to warm up to this week's Gil Hanse design, posting rounds of 70-71 to open the event. He figured things out today, despite hitting just 10 greens in regulation. Marvelous short-game play around the greens kept this relatively stress-free with the flat stick. Harrington did swallow back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11, but easily offset those with six birdies on the day. The 44-year-old currently sits at T8 on the live leaderboard with an outside shot at a medal if he can take it low in tomorrow's final round.
Aug 13 - 2:24 PM

Padraig Harrington will be the first European golfer to tee off as golf makes its first appearance at the Olympics since 1904.

The Irishman has been grouped with Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Danny Lee of New Zealand, the trio going out in the second group at 07:41 local time Thursday. Harrington was part of the International Golf Federation’s delegation that presented the sport’s case for inclusion back in 2009 and admits he would rather win Olympic gold than add a fourth major title to his resume so it shows how much this week means to him. He looks to be running into form at a good time having made his last six cuts, including T13 in the PGA Championship. That was the 44-year-old’s best finish in a major for four years. There’s also a feeling that this week’s course could suit him. The Gil Hanse design is located by the ocean and could be subject to strong winds and two-time Open winner Harrington would likely cope better than most if it does really blow.
Source: IGFGolf.org
Aug 9 - 6:42 PM

Past champ Padraig Harrington carved out a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in today's final round of the 98th PGA Championship to conclude his 18th appearance on 6-under 274, up three spots to T11 with play still in progress.

The 2008 champ at Oakland Hills was one of 37 players to get their respective third rounds completed on Saturday, so he only had to play 18 on Sunday. He began the finale on 4-under (T14), seven adrift of 54-hole leader Jimmy Walker. The 44-year-old, who entered the week 140th in the FedExCup standings, circled birdies on Nos. 3, 5 and 17, overshadowing a lone bogey on the par-4 10th (failed scramble). It's his fourth top 25 of the season in 15 starts and is projected to climb to 125th in FEC points.
Jul 31 - 5:38 PM

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

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.
Source: PGA.com
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).
Source: TheOpen.com
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