36 Facts About Padraig Harrington

1. Padraig Harrington is patron of Irish charity Oesophageal Cancer Fund since 2006, having lost his father to oesophageal cancer in 2005.

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2. Padraig Harrington has conducted a number of golf clinics for Special Olympics athletes and coaches.

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3. Padraig Harrington became a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities, in May 2010.

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4. Padraig Harrington has undergone laser eye surgery in a bid to improve his game.

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5. Padraig Harrington passed his final exams in 1994 to gain admittance to ACCA.

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6. Padraig Harrington is a distant cousin of 1995 World Series of Poker champion and author Dan Harrington and former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington.

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7. On 23 October 2016, Padraig Harrington won the Portugal Masters by one stroke.

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8. Padraig Harrington was the second consecutive player ranked 297th in the world to win on the PGA Tour, after James Hahn won the Northern Trust Open the week before.

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9. Padraig Harrington defeated rookie Daniel Berger on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff.

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10. In March 2015, Padraig Harrington won his first title on the European or PGA Tours in seven years at the Honda Classic.

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11. In October 2012 Padraig Harrington won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf despite having not won a major championship during the year, having been a late replacement for Open champion Ernie Els.

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12. Padraig Harrington eventually finished in a tie for fourth place, which represented his best showing at a US Open.

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13. Padraig Harrington started his 2011 season with an opening round 65, for a first round lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour.

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14. Padraig Harrington finished the year ranked 25th in the world.

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15. Padraig Harrington won his first tournament in two years at the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia on the Asian Tour.

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16. Padraig Harrington won two matches and lost two matches as Europe regained the Ryder Cup.

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17. Padraig Harrington was a controversial wild-card pick by European captain Colin Montgomerie for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

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18. Padraig Harrington missed the cut in three out of the four majors in 2010.

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19. Padraig Harrington ended the year winless on the European and PGA Tours for the first time since 1999.

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20. Padraig Harrington finished in the top-10 in all four FedEx Cup playoff events, before further top-10s in Europe and the States before the end of the season.

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21. Padraig Harrington arrived at The Open Championship at Turnberry hoping to complete a hat-trick of Open wins, a feat that has only been achieved since the 1880s by Peter Thomson.

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22. Padraig Harrington arrived at the 2009 Masters Tournament hoping to join Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods as the only players to win three consecutive professional majors.

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23. Padraig Harrington finished tied-11th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in what would be one of his better results in the early part of 2009.

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24. Padraig Harrington started his 2009 season with a tied-fifth finish in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on the European Tour.

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25. Padraig Harrington became the first European to win the PGA Championship in 78 years, and was the first winner from Ireland.

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26. Padraig Harrington is the first European golfer since James Braid in 1906 to retain the Claret Jug.

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27. Padraig Harrington has won the par-3 contest at Augusta National, held the day before The Masters, in 2003, 2004 and 2012.

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28. Padraig Harrington won the European Tour Golfer of the Year award in 2007 and 2008.

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29. In 2006 Padraig Harrington was a winner on the European Tour at the 2006 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, this was his second links golf win having won the event in 2002 and was a prelude for his future Open Championship success.

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30. Padraig Harrington finished the season 3rd on the European Tour's Order of Merit, this was the 4th consecutive year in which he was within the year end top-5 and the 6th consecutive year in the top-10.

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31. Padraig Harrington won a further two events on the European tour in 2004 at the Omega Hong Kong Open in December 2003 and the Linde German Masters in September 2004.

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32. Padraig Harrington continued this winning form into 2003 winning the first event of the 2003 season at the BMW Asian Open in November 2002.

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33. Padraig Harrington attended the same local secondary school as McGinley, giving their school, Colaiste Eanna, the unique distinction of having produced two Ryder Cup golfers.

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34. Padraig Harrington was born in Dublin, Ireland, the youngest of five sons of Patrick and Breda Harrington.

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35. Padraig Harrington has spent over 300 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, and reached a career-high ranking of third in July 2008.

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36. Padraig Harrington has won three major championships: The Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship, in 2008.

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