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Padraig Harrington's Biography

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Who is Padraig Harrington?

Padraig Harrington was born on August 31, 1971 in Dublin, Ireland.

Padraig Harrington completed an accountancy degree before becoming a golf professional in September 1995. In his last two years as an amateur Harrington broke seven course records.

In 1996 Padraig Harrington won his first tournament, the Peugeot Open de Espana. The following year he finished 5th in the 1997 British Open at Troon and after a run of consistent performances Padraig Harrington was selected to play for Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1999.

The following year Harrington finally gained his second European tour win at the Brazil Sao Paulo 500 Years Open, after a multitude of close calls including being runner-up nine times.

Also in 1997 Harrington teamed up with Paul McGinley to win the World Cup for Ireland for the first time in 39 years. Indeed, as detailed in Padraig Harrington's official website, he has had an amazing record playing golf for Ireland at all levels.

After coming joint 5th in the US Open in 2000, Padraig Harrington has continued to perform at the very top level as witnessed by his consistently high world ranking.

In 2004, Padraig Harrington earned two European tour wins and had definitely put behind him any worry about him being a 'nearly man'.

This was confirmed when in March 2005, Padraig Harrington beat Vijay Singh in a play-off to win The Honda Classic at his first attempt, finally earning him his first PGA tour victory after 63 starts. Harrington's seven-stroke comeback was the largest in Honda Classic history.

There is no doubting Padraig Harrington's dedication. He even had an architect design his Dublin home to include a golf hole with four different greens.

In May 2007, Padraig Harrington became the first Irishman to win the Irish Open in 25 years, after his sudden-death victory against Bradley Dredge.

In July 2007, Padraig Harrington beat Sergio Garcia in a four-hole play-off to win the 136th Open Championship.

The following year, in July 2008, Harrington retained the Open Championship with a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter.

In August 2008, Padraig Harrington followed up with another victory when he won another major with victory in the USPGA Championship.

In August 2009, shortly after failing to retain the Open Championship for a third year, Padraig Hamilton returned to form and looked like he might win the World Golf Championship before being overrun by Tiger Woods in the last round, and finishing second.

In October 2010 Padraig Harrington won the Johor Open title in Malaysia. It was his first title for two years.

In October 2016, Harrington won the Portugal Masters, his first Tour win in eight years.

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