Irish Golf Players 2012 - Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington is an Irish golfing legend having won three Majors in recent times and he will be one of the favourites for the 2010 Irish Open Golf. He has over 11 tournament wins but won his first 'major' Tournament in 2007 when he won the British Open Golf Betting after a play off with Sergio Garcia. Earlier that year he had also won the Irish Open at this venue. He is now one of the World's top golfers and is already being hailed as the greatest Irish golfer of all time.
Padraig's 2007 win at in the British Open at Carnoustie was the first 'major' Tournament victory by a European for 8 years and followed Paul Lawrie's success of 1999 at the same Tournament and at the same venue.
In 2006 and prior to his Open success, Padraig had won the European Order of Merit and in doing so showed the golfing world that it was the start of things to come. Padraig never likes to make things to easy for himself as he only just managed to fend off Paul Casey and David Howell to win the Order of Merit on the last hole of the very last tournament of the season. It seems that if you are a fan of Padraig, you will be booking yourself on a a roller-coaster of a golfing ride, as he appears never to be able to win Tournaments with any degree of ease. Its all exciting stuff though.
He followed up his British Open win in 2007 with another Claret Jug in 2008 and a PGA Championship in the same year, he really made a mark for Europe in America and he will always be remembered for that. His form has slightly dipped in the times since which is a slight worry for him and his fans, he will be getting ready for the Ryder Cup though so will be desperate to find his best form here at the Irish Open.