15 Facts About Padraig Harrington

Published 11/08/2008 20:57:23

Padraig Harrington has a wonderful year and has lit up 2008's final two majors. But in comparison to someone like Tiger Woods or Ernie Els, not that much is known of the 36 year old Irishman. Here's the skinny on the reigning Open and US PGA champion:

Full Name: Padraig Harrington
Right/Left Handed: Right
Country: Ireland
Date Of Birth: 31/08/1971
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 6"1
Weight: 196 lbs.
Year made debut: 1995
Official Website: http://www.padraigharrington.com


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  1. Harrington has won 3 majors in his last 6 attempts. He has competed in 42 overall.
  2. He is the first European to win the US PGA since Scot Tommy Armour in 1930.
  3. He is the first Irishman to win the US PGA and just the third European.
  4. He becomes the fourth player to win the Open and US PGA in the same year. The previous players to achieve this were Tiger Woods (2000, 2006), Nick Price (1994) and Walter Hegen (1924)
  5. Harrington has 14 victories on the European tour and five on the US tour.
  6. He took up the game of golf at just 4 years old.
  7. He got to scratch by the time he was 15.
  8. His first senior amateur title was the West of Ireland Championship. Harrington was 21.
  9. Padraig turned professional in September 1995
  10. His first European Tour win came at the Spanish Open the following year
  11. He made the European team for the 1999 Ryder Cup, beating Mark O'Meara in a singles game.
  12. His coach is none other than Bob Torrance, father of former Ryder Cup captain Sam.
  13. Despite being teetotal, Harrington partied until 4am after his 2007 Open victory.
  14. He is distant cousin of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington
  15. Harrington is a qualified accountant.



comment by tommie m - 14/09/2008 13:42

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