Padraig Harrington

Padraig-Harrington

Born: August 31st, 1971 in Dublin, Ireland
Nationality: Irish
Famous For: Winning three major championships
Awards: European Tour Order of Merit, European Tour Player of the Year, Association of Golf Writers Player of the Year, PGA Player of the Year, Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award

Padraig Harrington is an Irish professional golfer and former number 6 in the world rankings. He has spent considerable amount of time in the top ten of the Official World golf rankings. He is a two time winner of The Open Championship and the 2008 Professional Golfers’ Association of America Championship. His impressive record is comparable to Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.

Early Years and Career

Padraig was born on August 31st, 1971 in Ballyroan, Dublin. He was the youngest of five sons in the family. His father, Patrick Harrington was an Irish Police officer who played Gaelic football for Cork in the 1950’s. Harrington went to a local secondary school called Col’aiste ‘Eanna.

Harrington studied accountancy at the University, and worked in that profession for few years during his amateur golf playing years. Padraig was not confident about his skills as a professional golfer. Therefore, he did not turn pro until the age of 24. He was coached by Joseph McGinley and Mark Hynes. Subsequently, Padraig’s interest in the game grew and he decided to take it as a full time career.

Padraig Harrington has been married to his wife Caroline since 1997 and his son Patrick was born in 2003. His father died of cancer in 2005, which led to Harrington’s withdrawal from 2005 Open Championship. In May 2010, Padraig became a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, where he conducted special clinics for several golf professionals and coaches.

Golf Life

The amateur career of Padraig Harrington was quite successful. During his amateur golf career, he won a number of Irish National titles. By winning the Walker Cup with the Great Britain and Ireland Team in 1995, Padraig turned professional and joined the European Tour in 1996. His first victory was in 1996 in the Peugeot Spanish Open. From 2000 to 2004, he had at least one win at the European Tour every year.

His tremendous game form and numerous top ten finishes led to his selection for the prestigious Cisco World Match Play, in which he defeated Ernie Els and Carlos Franco. He has also played in six Ryder Cups, where he lost two games in 1999 and 2008, and won four games in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010. In the year 2002, Padraig established himself among the world’s top golf players and his World Ranking was also rising. After Tiger Woods, Padraig is the first golfer who has won two majors in the same year. In both 2003 and 2004, he was a runner up in the prestigious Players Championship. He earned a lot of money on the PGA tour as a non member. Later in 2005, he took the membership and won his first PGA tour official money by defeating Vijay Singh and Joe Ogilvie at the Honda Classic event. In the same year, he won Barclay’s Classic by defeating Jim Furyk.

Padraig has won 3 major championships at the European Tour, three major championships at the Professional Golfer Association tours, and recently the Omega Hong Kong Open, BMW ASian Open and the Madrid Open.