FORE KING GOLF

Chronicles of a Champion Golfer: Padraig Harrington

Steve

Padraig Harrington, former captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team has enjoyed a stellar career, the pinnacle coming when he became the first European to win back-to-back Open Championships since James Braid in 1905-06.

Harrington’s first triumph came at Carnoustie in 2007, after a play-off with Sergio Garcia, and he then secured a four-shot victory at Royal Birkdale after fearing that injury might prevent him from mounting a defence of the Claret Jug.

His career also includes four wins in America, the last of them at the Honda Classic in March 2015 ending a six-year drought there during which he had slumped from third to 385th on the world rankings.