Padraig Harrington

Profile: Padraig Harrington

Country: Ireland
Born: 31.8.71
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Residence: Dublin, Ireland
Family: Wife: Caroline (m.1997); Children: Patrick (2003), Ciaran (2007)
European Tour International Schedule Victories: Total 14
Other Tournament Victories: 10
Major Championships: 3
Turned Professional: 1995
Teams: Ryder Cup 1999, 02 (winners), 04 (winners), 06 (winners); Alfred Dunhill Cup 1996, 97, 98, 99, 00; World Cup 1996, 97 (winners), 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06; Seve Trophy 2000, 02 (winners), 03 (winners), 05 (winners)

RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE

Years played: 1999, 02, 04, 06
Overall record: Played 17, Won 7, Lost 8, Halved 2: Points 8
Singles: Played 4, Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 7, Won 2, Lost 3, Halved 2
Fourballs: Played 6, Won 2, Lost 4, Halved 0

1999: The Country Club; Europe 13½ USA 14½
Day 1 Foursomes: Jiménez/Harrington (halved) with Love III/Stewart
Day 2 Foursomes: Jiménez/Harrington lost to Pate/Woods (1 hole)
Singles: Harrington beat O'Meara (1 hole)

2002: The Belfry; Europe 15½ USA 12½
Day 1 Fourballs: Harrington/Fasth lost to Mickelson/Toms (1 hole)
Day 1 Foursomes: Harrington/McGinley lost to Cink/Furyk (3 and 2)
Day 2 Fourballs: Montgomerie/Harrington (2 and 1) beat Mickelson/Toms
Singles: Harrington (5 and 4) beat Calcavecchia

2004: Oakland Hills CC; Europe 18½ USA 9½
Day 1 Fourballs: Montgomerie/Harrington (2 and 1) beat Mickelson/Woods
Day 1 Foursomes: Montgomerie/Harrington (4 and 2) beat Love III/Funk
Day 2 Fourballs: Montgomerie/Harrington lost to Cink/Love III (3 and 2)
Day 2 Foursomes: Harrington/McGinley (4 and 3) beat Love III/Woods
Singles: Harrington (1 hole) beat Haas

2006: The K Club, Europe 18½ USA 9½
Day 1 Fourballs: Harrington/Montgomerie lost to Woods/Furyk (1 hole)
Day 1 Foursomes: Harrington/McGinley (halved) with Campbell/Johnson
Day 2 Fourballs: Stenson/Harrington lost to Verplank/Johnson
Day 2 Foursomes: Harrington/McGinley lost to Furyk/Woods (3 and 2)
Singles: Harrington lost to Verplank (4 and 3)

Arguably the man the United States Team will fear most after a phenomenal season which has seen Padraig Harrington assume the mantle of Europe's top golfer. A tied fifth finish in the Masters Tournament hinted at what was to come, but even Harrington's staunchest supporters might have found it difficult to believe he would subsequently walk away with the final two Majors of the season. Yet that is precisely what he did. In July, he became the first European to successfully defend The Open Championship since James Braid in 1905/06 when he followed his 2007 triumph at Carnoustie with a four stroke victory over England's Ian Poulter at a windswept Royal Birkdale. In the process he moved to a career high of third on the Official World Golf Ranking, and subsequently closed the gap further on Number Two Phil Mickelson when winning the third Major Championship of his career, the US PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club. The Detroit venue was, of course, also the scene of Europe's Ryder Cup triumph in 2004, when Harrington played his part in the Team's record-breaking 18½ - 9½ victory, taking four points from a possible five. Was also a Member of the European Team which equalled that victory in his homeland two years later.