Padraig Harrington is an Irish professional golfer and 2020 European Ryder Cup Captain who plays on the PGA and European Tours. He has compiled a total of 31 career victories around the world, including three major championships, two Open Championships (2007 and 2008) and the 2008 PGA Championship.
Padraig grew up in Rathfarnham, Dublin, where his journey started at Stackstown Golf Club with his father and four brothers.Padraig Harrington is an Irish professional golfer and 2020 European Ryder Cup Captain who plays on the PGA and European Tours. He has compiled a total of 31 career victories around the world, including three major championships, two Open Championships (2007 and 2008) and the 2008 PGA Championship.
Padraig grew up in Rathfarnham, Dublin, where his journey started at Stackstown Golf Club with his father and four brothers. He embarked on a successful amateur career, including three Walker Cup appearances, turning professional in September 1995 and recording his first professional victory at the 1996 Spanish Open after only 10 tournaments. He has had a lasting and successful association with the Ryder Cup, having qualified for the European Team in 1999 and being named as captain two decades later.
In 2006, Padraig won the Harry Vardon Trophy by finishing #1 on the European Tour. The following year, he won the Irish Open at Adare Manor, making him the first Irish golfer to hoist the trophy in 25 years. Continuing this trajectory, he picked up the Claret Jug at the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2007, becoming the first Irishman in 60 years to win the major championship.
The following season, Padraig made his mark as the 24th player in history to achieve multiple Open victories, retaining his Open Championship title at Royal Birkdale. Upon winning the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills less than a month later, Padraig took the lead as the first European to win the PGA Championship since 1930.
He went on to reach a career high of third in the World Rankings and was recognised with the European Tour, PGA Tour and PGA of America Player of the Year awards. Padraig also earned the Golf Writers’ trophies in the UK and the US and secured the European Tour Shot of the Year.
Padraig has several charitable interests and is actively involved in raising funds through The Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation.
Horizon Therapeutics is a global biotechnology company motivated by the idea that science and compassion transform lives through their delivery of medicines for the treatment of rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases.
ISPS Handa is a Japanese non-profit organisation that promotes and supports sports events, including blind and disabled golf. In so doing, ISPS Handa hopes to break down barriers and inspire change in the world.
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The Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) is a registered charity with three main goals – to raise awareness of the symptoms of this type of cancer; to fund essential research into preventing and eradicating the disease; to support individuals and affected families. Padraig is a patron for the OCF.
Make-A-Wish (MAW) helps fulfil the life-changing wishes of children with critical illnesses. Wishes are proven to have physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival and positively impact families and communities. Padraig is a patron for MAW.
Padraig is an R&A Working for Golf Ambassador. As part of its golf development programme, The R&A invests more than £5 million each year to promote golf worldwide, focusing on grassroots initiatives, coaching, public facilities, equipment provision, professional golf, amateur events and student golf.
Special Olympics (SO) is a global movement for inclusion using sport, health and leadership programmes to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities develop and improve their physical fitness. Padraig is a Golf Ambassador for SO.
The Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) helps support the most at-risk young people across Ireland, focusing their energy and funds on the needs of underrepresented children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Padraig is a patron for the IYF.
Founded by former Irish journalist John O'Shea in response to seeing street children in Kolkata living in poverty, GOAL is a humanitarian charity working within the world's most vulnerable communities. Padraig is a patron for GOAL.
Padraig Harrington Design is the Irish professional golfer's course design business. His goal is to design Championship golf courses that both professionals and amateurs can enjoy. Padraig’s latest project is at The Renaissance Club in Scotland, where he acts as Player Consultant alongside golf course architect, Tom Doak.
Founded in 1972, the PGA European Tour operates the elite European Tour, European Senior Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour, which serve as Europe's leading men's professional golf tours.
PGA Tour Champions
2021 – Present
The PGA Tour Champions is the men's professional senior golf tour, and operates as a branch of the PGA Tour.
Awards & Recognition
Honorary Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Padraig was recognised with an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2013 for representing Ireland internationally with his outstanding sporting achievements.
Honorary Patron, University Philosophical Society, Trinity College Dublin
Padraig was named Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College Dublin, in 2013.
James Joyce Award, University College Dublin
Padraig's remarkable sporting achievements made him ‘an inspirational figure in the lives of many young people in Ireland and across the world', motivating his James Joyce Award from the University College Dublin Literary & Historical Society in 2012.
Honorary Degree, University of St Andrews
Padraig was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of St Andrews in recognition of his contribution to the sport of golf and in acknowledgement of his outstanding achievements.
Honorary Fellowship, Dublin Business School
In 2006 Padraig was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Dublin Business School, in association with Liverpool John Moores University, recognising the international sporting achievements of their alumni.