Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington, born in Dublin on August 31, 1971, 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. He spent over 300 weeks in the top-10 of the world rankings, and reached a career-high ranking of third in July 2008.

He grew up in Rathfarnham, an area on Dublin's southside and the birthplace of two other professional golfers, Paul McGinley and Peter Lawrie. Harrington attended the same local secondary school as McGinley, giving their school, Colaiste Eanna, the unique distinction of having produced two Ryder Cup captains. Encouraged by his brothers and father, Harrington's interest and passion for golf grew as he developed his game at nearby Stackstown G.C.

He took membership of the PGA Tour in 2005 and in March he won his first PGA Tour official money event at the Honda Classic, where he beat Vijay Singh and Joe Ogilvie in a sudden-death playoff. In late June, Harrington snatched the Barclays Classic from Jim Furyk with a spectacular 65-foot (20 m) eagle putt on the final hole for his second PGA Tour win.