At 51, Padraig Harrington has not won on the DP World Tour since 2016. The three-time Irish major winner nevertheless remains convinced that he can still lift a trophy and break the longevity record held by Spaniard Miguel Angel.
Padraig Harrington, record
If he wins Padraig Harrington will become, at 51 years and 144 days, the oldest winner of a European Tour tournament. A goal that the Irishman, winner of a PGA Championship and two Opens at Carnoustie and Birkdale in the late 2000s, thinks is within reach.
“I think I have never played as well as I do now. A few years ago I was finished but I have changed my mentality since. By the way, do you want to know my secret? When I started doing stats nobody was doing them, today everyone is doing them so I don't do them anymore.
I am not a follower, I do the opposite of what the majority does. he explains with a smile. I know that I could find myself in a position to win in the final stretch and I think that I still have something to scare the players of today in this situation.
Before going to drink a zero coke, swallow a chocolate bar and go “watch” a netflix series on his bed, Harrington, who by the way relishes without restraint the attention brought to him by the media this week, confides that breaking the record of Andalusian Jimenez, victorious at 50 years and 133 days from the Spanish Open in 2014, motivates him.
“I won 35 tournaments, 3 majors, so what could I put at the top of this list? I think breaking Miguel Angel Jimenez's record for oldest winner on the DP World Tour would be fine. I've played something like 460 tournaments, I'll probably go up to 500 and I know I might find myself in a position to win in the final stretch and I think I still have something to do fear to today's players in this situation.
Pádraig Harrington (born 31 August 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish golfer. He won 3 Major tournaments: the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship also in 2008. He started competing on the European Tour in 1996, and in 2005 he also started competing on the US PGA Tour. Overall in his career he won 24 tournaments.