Padraig Harrington, captain of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup last September in Wisconsin (USA), joins the list of those players who ask the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour to find an agreement with LIV Golf International.
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That for the Irishman “he is now in the world of golf and intends to stay there, not go away. They are quite busy, they have convinced many excellent players and I think we need to find a way so that all the great circuits can coexist”, explained Harrington. “They are not taking – he added – control of golf and next year they will be protagonists with 14 events, without interfering with the Majors”.
After a successful amateur career, in which he also won the coveted Walker Cup with the team from Great Britain & Ireland in 1995, he switched to the professional camp and from 1996 played on the European Tour. In the same year, Harrington achieved his first tournament win at the Spanish Open, but then he developed into the eternal second in the truest sense of the word. Towards the end of the 1999 season alone he had four second places in five events. From 2000 the tide turned and he achieved at least one win a year until 2004. As a result of this consistency, Harrington was able to place in the top 10 of the European Tour Order of Merit money list seven times, including two second and two third places. In the 2006 season he was able to win the Order of Merit, which goes hand in hand with the presentation of the Harry Vardon Trophy, for the first time.
From 2000 onwards, Harrington increasingly played in the USA, especially at the majors and WGC events, and on the basis of sponsorship invitations. In 2002 he won his first unofficial PGA Tour event there. In 2003 and 2004 he was second again, albeit in the highest-paying PLAYERS Championship. From 2005 he was a regular participant on the PGA TOUR, won his first tournament, the Honda Classic, in March and his second victory followed in June.
In July 2007 he achieved the greatest success of his career by winning the most traditional major, the Open Championship (British Open). A year later he was able to defend this title and won his second major. In August 2008, the third major victory followed, at the PGA Championship.
Pádraig Harrington played six times for the European Ryder Cup team and four times for the GB & Ireland team at the Seve Trophy. He represented Ireland five times in the Dunhill Cup and ten times in the World Cup. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour in October 2007 and was named European Tour Golfer of the Year in December.