Padraig Harrington US Masters Golfers

Clearly this young Irishman is the one to watch. Padraig Harrington has impressed all with his outstanding achievements to date, and to crown it all he claimed his first Majors title when he grabbed the coveted Claret Jug at the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007.
It was not all a walk in the park though. He had to overcome another very talented European, Sergio Garcia, in a four-hole playoff before he could celebrate his big win. In doing so, he became the first Irishman to win the Open Championship in 60 years. What really mattered to the players and spectators alike was the fact that there was not an American in site – only two fine, young European golfers fighting for the top honours in world golf.
Could this be the resurgence in European golf that everybody has been hoping for? Harrington believes he has smashed down a psychological barrier by becoming the first European to win a major championship since Paul Lawrie won the Open in 1999. “Hopefully some of the others will win some majors and carry the European flag well. European golf is very strong at the moment,” he said.
Harrington had an awesome start to both his amateur and professional golf careers. The highlight of his amateur days was winning the Walker Cup in 1995. He just kept on raking in the golf trophies. He joined both the European and the PGA Tours and shone in both. He was consistently on the leader boards at virtually all the events he played, and in 2002 he showed the world that he indeed was a force to be reckoned with when he finished fifth at both the Masters and the Open and 8th at the US Open.
What puts Harrington head and shoulders above the rest of the British golf ‘brat pack’ is his incredible record against the indomitable Tiger Woods. He is the only player in the world to have been partnered with Tiger in a tournament five or more times and to outscore the maestro. Over six rounds, Harrington boasts an average of 68.83, while Tiger has an average score of 69.50 – the rest of the world averages over 70. Could he be the one to give Tiger a challenge? Let’s hope so.
Harrington is also a gentleman. He recently suggested that Nick Faldo’s comments that the European contingent was too friendly and therefore devoid of the grit and determination needed to win at the highest level was wrong. “Nice guys do win,” he said and proved it by the way he commiserated with Garcia after winning the playoff. “I looked over and saw Sergio and thought oh, somebody has lost. I really felt for him at that stage. He is under unbelievable pressure to win a Major. He has incredible talent and is probably the best ball-striker in the game,” said the magnanimous Irishman.
Padraig Harrington – US Masters golfer of the future? Without a doubt! He has already proven that he can beat the best in the world, and in his 12-year career he has also taken on and beaten Ernie Els ranked no. 4 in the world, Colin Montgomerie (42), Vijay Singh (12) and Jim Furyk (3).
Harrington is on the up and up and now that he has bagged his first major, there will be no stopping him. Watch out for the Irishman at the top of the leader boards in the very near future.
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