Profile

Born in Dublin Padraig is a proud family man married to Caroline with two children Patrick and Ciaran. As a three time major champion, Padraig is one of the world's top golfers and his playing record speaks for itself. Following a very successful amateur career, including winning the Walker Cup in 1995 at Royal Porthcawl in one of his three Walker Cup appearances, he turned professional in September 1995.


Padraig made a great start to his professional career with a run of top 10 finishes and that all important maiden tour victory at the 1996 Spanish Open. Further top ten finishes saw him finish 11th in the European Tour Order of Merit for the year and secured him places in the Irish Dunhill Cup and World Cup teams. Such achievements were incredible in his first year as a professional.


A 5th place finish at the Open Championship in 1997 and 6 top ten finishes including second place at the Volvo Masters, saw Padraig climb to 8th position in the 1997 Order of Merit. He was once again selected for the Irish World Cup and Dunhill Cup teams and partnered Paul McGinley to victory in the World Cup, the nation's first for 39 years.


1999 saw Padraig fulfill one of his career ambitions - representing Europe in the Ryder Cup. He showed enormous resolve to finish in second position in each of the last two qualifying tournaments to secure a spot in the team. Padraig began 2000 by ending his run of nine runner-up spots since his first European Tour win, to claim his second title at the Brazil Sao Paulo 500 Years Open. Padraig finished the year by capturing the BBVA Turespana Masters de Madrid for his second victory of the year.


The 2001 season was definitely one of Padraig's best; which included finishing runner up on seven occasions and a dramatic win at the season ending Volvo Masters in Jerez. In 2002, Padraig finished 5th at both the Masters and The Open and 8th at the US Open. Following on from a highly successful Ryder Cup, he proceeded to win the prestigious Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews and ultimately finish second on the European Volvo Order of Merit. Padraig topped off a superb year by beating Tiger Woods in his own event, the Target World Challenge.


Harrington won twice more on the European Tour in 2003, at the BMW Asian Open and the prestigious Deutsche Bank SAP Open and he won again in Asia at the Omega Hong Kong Open in the early part of the 2004 season. A run of impressive performances in the United States was backed up on his return to Europe by victory at the 2004 German Masters. Harrington was also an inspirational member of the record breaking European team at the Ryder Cup that September. In 2005 Padraig moved up another level in the world game with 2 victories on the PGA Tour winning at The Honda Classic in Florida and then claiming the Barclays Classic in New York.


Padraig's 2006 season really got going when he strongly contended at the US Open, before also finishing 5th and followed that with a second place finish the following week at the Booz-Allen Classic. Further second place finishes at the French Open and BMW International events secured Padraig's fourth Ryder Cup appearance at The K Club. An impressive win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship set up the European Tour Order of Merit title, which was clinched in great style with a second place at the Volvo Masters. He then beat Tiger Woods in a play-off for the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan and established himself as one of the world's top players.


Despite having gained the European number one spot, there was plenty more to come from this popular Irishman at the beginning of 2007. He had a top 10 finish at the Masters and then became the first Irishman to win his national title for 25 years, before then becoming the first European to win a Major since 1999, when he won the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie after a dramatic last day. Despite visiting the water twice on the 72nd hole, Padraig shot a round of 67 to earn a place in the play-off with Sergio Garcia. Four holes later he deservedly became Champion Golfer of the Year.


2008 was another unbelievable year for Padraig with some excellent performances on the European and PGA Tour. However, with a focus on the Major Championships, with a credible fifth place finish at the Masters in July he made an incredible defence of his Open Championship title at Royal Birkdale, becoming the first European to successfully defend the Open title since James Braid in 1906. Three weeks later, Padraig went over to the US and won the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, Michigan, in dramatic style, making him the first Irishman to win the event, the first European since 1930 and the first European to win back-to-back Major titles. The three major wins in the space of 13 months helped him to reach a career high of third in the World rankings and earned him the European Tour, PGA Tour and PGA of America Player of the Year awards.


Padraig started his 2009 season with a tie for 5th at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and also finished with six straight top 10 finishes in the US before his 3rd place finish at the Portuguese Masters and 4th place in the Dubai World Championship. He finished his PGA Tour season in 7th place in the FedEx Cup standings and 15th in the Race to Dubai.


2010 was successful on both the European and PGA Tours with a total of eight top 10 finishes. In addition Padraig won 2 out of 4 points in Europe's Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and snapped a two-year winless streak when he took a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Asian Tour's Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia and rolled to victory. It was his third Asian Tour win, to go with previous titles in Hong Kong and Taiwan. By his high standards, 2011 was not as prolific for Padraig although he continued to play on both the PGA and European Tours and his season included 5 top 10's with a good showing at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.


In 2012 Padraig finished tied 8th at the Masters and tied 4th at the US Open, and then later in the year he went on to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. Harrington endured difficult 2013 and 2014 seasons finishing outside of the top 60 on the European Tour Race to Dubai in both years and outside of the top 130 on the PGA Tour FedEx Cup in both years. During this period his Official World Golf Ranking fell to an 18-year low of 385 as of 1 December 2014. However, in December 2014 he won the Bank BRI Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour for his first official win for 4 years. In March 2015, Padraig won his first event on the European or PGA Tours for seven years (since winning the 2008 PGA Championship) by claiming the 2015 Honda Classic. He defeated rookie Daniel Berger on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff. This win sparked a new lease of life and Padraig followed this up in 2016 with a win at the Portugal Masters on the European Tour. Padraig hopes to add another trophy to the cabinet this year and will play his first tournament at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Name : Padraig Harrington

Nationality : Irish

D.O.B : 31.08.71

Sound : Rushing Water

Colour : Don't have one

Golf Course: Royal Portrush, Augusta National

Book : Being Happy by Alan Matthews

Movie : Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption

Food : Ice cream, Garlic Prawns, Penne Arrabiatta

City : Europe - Cologne in Germany. USA - Charlotte in North Carolina

Drink : Coca-Cola

Place : Home

Gadget : Mobile Phone, Launch Monitor

Quote : Be yourself

Music : Rock music