Profile: Padraig Harrington
- Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
- Residence: Dublin, Ireland
- Birthdate: August 31, 1971
- Age: 33
- Turned Professional: 1995
Ryder Cup Record1999 and 2002
Career VictoriesEuropean Tour
8 - 1996 Peugeot Open De Espana, 2000 Brazil 500 Years Open, BBVA Open Turespana Communidad de Madrid, 2001 Volvo Masters Andalucia, 2002 dunhill links championship, 2003 BMW Asian Open, Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe, 2004 Omega Hong Kong Open.Other
1998 Irish PGA Championship, 2002 Target World Challenge, 2004 Irish PGA Championship
As the leading qualifier in the 2004 Ryder Cup race, Padraig Harrington is certain to be one of the key members of Bernhard Langer's Team at Oakland Hills Country Club.
With the contrasting experiences of the last two Ryder Cup Matches under his belt, Harrington has tasted every emotion only this unique sporting event can throw at you, a fact highlighted by his record of won three, lost three and halved one of his seven matches.
Harrington made his debut in 1999 in Brookline having shown his mettle by qualifying for the team with successive runners-up finishes in the last two counting events. That first taste of The Ryder Cup Matches saw him savour victory, secure a tense half and suffer the disappointment of a defeat during the three days of intense competition, plus the ultimate disappointment of the Team losing the Matches.
Europe's Captain Mark James wasted no time in sending Harrington out, pairing him with Miguel Angel Jiménez in the opening morning foursomes where they secured an impressive half with the vastly experienced Davis Love III and the late Payne Stewart. The Ireland / Spain combination went to work again in the foursomes on the second day against Steve Pate and World Number One Tiger Woods but, despite fighting back from three down after three to level the match by the 11th, lost out by the narrowest of margins.
The final afternoon saw one of the great comebacks by the American side and although the European team suffered defeat, Harrington had the personal triumph of beating Mark O'Meara on the 18th hole for his first Ryder Cup point.
Three years later Harrington had grown into one of the game's most consistent performers and as such was used by Captain Sam Torrance in all but one series. But the first day saw Harrington on the losing side in both sessions. In the fourballs with Niclas Fasth, Europe lost out against the formidable partnership of Phil Mickelson and David Toms, and in the afternoon foursomes, the much fancied partnership with fellow Irishman Paul McGinley did not have the desired affect as they lost to Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk.
But Harrington bounced back with some style, reaping revenge on the Mickelson Toms pairing when he joined forces with Colin Montgomerie to win the fourballs 2 and 1 before a comprehensive 5 and 4 victory over Mark Calcavecchia in the singles.
Harrington remains one of the most consistent performers on the world stage and his wealth of experience is sure to make him a valuable asset in the European Team.
One of European golf's top performers of recent years and virtually a permanent fixture in the Top Ten of the Official World Golf Ranking since arriving there in November 2001, shortly after winning the Volvo Masters Andalucia. Won his first tournament in 1996, the Peugeot Open de Espa�a, and was unlucky not to be named Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year that year after finishing 11th on the Volvo Order of Merit, pipped by tenth placed Thomas Björn, who won the inaugural tournament at Loch Lomond. Had to wait until the 2000 season for his second victory but since then has become more than accustomed to success, winning twice in 2000, once each in 2001 and 2002, and twice in the 2003 season, in the BMW Asian Open and the Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe, where he gained some semblance of revenge by beating Björn in a play-off. Was the main challenger to Retief Goosen in the race for the Volvo Order of Merit title in 2001 and 2002, narrowly finishing second to the South African on both occasions, and took third place in 2003, behind Ernie Els and Darren Clarke. Has not confined his victories to Europe, with America in particular a happy hunting ground. Teamed up with Paul McGinley at Kiawah Island in 1997 to win the World Cup for Ireland for the first time in 39 years, and in 2002 played the last two rounds of the Target World Challenge in California with tournament host Tiger Woods before beating the World Number One by two shots. Made his Ryder Cup debut in 1999 after finishing second in the last two events of the qualifying period to make team in tenth place. Qualified for The 34th Ryder Cup Matches and delivered two points out of four at The De Vere Belfry. It was the second time he had been part of a winning team over the Americans, having first tasted success in his amateur days in the Walker Cup of 1995 at Royal Porthcawl. Completed an accountancy degree before turning professional. Coached by Bob Torrance and believes that swing adjustments the pair have made have added yards to his game. Regularly travels up to Largs in Scotland to visit Torrance at home. Undertakes a strict fitness regime and insists that he is now 'fitter than ever'. Won the opening event on The European Tour International Schedule for the second successive year when he captured the 2004 Omega Hong Kong Open.
- Captain Bernhard Langer
- Padraig Harrington
- Sergio Garcia
- Darren Clarke
- Miguel Angel Jiménez
- Lee Westwood
- Thomas Levet
- Paul Casey
- David Howell
- Paul McGinley
- Ian Poulter
- Colin Montgomerie
- Luke Donald
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