The prestige of the PGA Champions Tour has led Padraig Harrington to experience a second youth, not only in the game, but also in his innovative ideas. During recent interviews, the Irishman has been direct in dealing with current topics, always offering a proactive vision.
Padraig Harrington, statements
Even at the PGA Championship in Wentworth, won by New Zealander Ryan Fox (with Harrington unfortunately not making the cut), Harrington wanted to make his contribution. This time, he chose to exploit the X platform (the evolution of Twitter) to express his thoughts.
“The aim should be to preserve the tournaments' enormous legacy by ensuring that winners of the South African Open, Australian Open, Japan Open and BMW PGA Championship gain exemptions to participate in the Majors the following season.
" All three Opens are tournaments with a rich history. The South African Open was born in 1903, the Australian Open a year later, while the Japan Open boasts a history spanning over a century. Although the European Tour's main event, the BMW PGA Championship, is younger (from 1955), Harrington included it in his proposal for its prestige.
All these tournaments have been graced by great names in world golf. However, the current Major exemption situation only requires the winner of the BMW PGA Championship to earn invitations to the Open Championship and the U.S.
Championship. Open, while the winner of the Japan Open only qualifies for the Open Championship. However, no invitation is granted to the winners of the South African and Australian Opens. Harrington's proposal seems to embrace the spirit of the game, favoring a redistribution of opportunities.
This initiative could also help diminish the power of the PGA Tour, which has been trying to grab more and more space in recent years. The voice of this text is professional and reflects Padraig Harrington's creative and intelligent perspective on golf and his innovative ideas for improving the world of tournaments.
Pádraig Harrington is an Irish golfer. He won 3 Major tournaments: the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship again in 2008. He started taking part in the European Tour in 1996, while in 2005 he also started competing in the US PGA Tour.
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