The sixth of our Irish Sporting Legends is Padraig Harrington.
Padraig Harrington(born 31 August 1971) is an Irish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour and the PGA Tour. He has won three major championships: The Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship, also in 2008.
Harrington has spent a considerable amount of time both in the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking (over 300 weeks between 2001 and 2010) and achieved his best ranking of third following his second Open Championship victory. He has also played for Europe in six Ryder Cups; losing in 1999 and 2008, but winning in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.
In 2007 Harrington won his home open, The Irish Open for the first time, in doing so Harrington became the first home winner of the Irish Open for 25 years. Harrington won the European Tour Golfer of the Year award in 2007 and 2008.
Harrington became a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities, in May 2010. He has conducted a number of golf clinics for Special Olympics athletes and coaches.