20 Things You Didn’t Know About Padraig Harrington

Get to know European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington

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Get to know Europe's new Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington

20 Things You Didn't Know About Padraig Harrington

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is Europe's 2020 Ryder Cup Captain.

Harrington has won 15 times on the European Tour and 31 times in total as a pro, highlighted by his three major victories at the 2007 and 2008 Opens and the 2008 PGA Championship.

Get to know the Irishman a little better with these 20 things...

20 Things You Didn't Know About Padraig Harrington

1. He was born in Dublin

2. He has five older brothers.

3. He married his wife Caroline (opens in new tab) in 1997. The pair have two boys, Ciaran and Patrick.

4. He has spent over 300 weeks in the world's top 10.

5. His highest ranking is 3rd.

6. He turned pro in 1995 off a handicap of +2.

7. Cites his interests as family, all sports and movies. His favourite films are Pulp Fiction and the Shawshank Redemption.

8. His favourite city in Europe is Cologne and in the USA is Charlotte, North Carolina.

9. His favourite golf courses are Royal Portrush (opens in new tab) and Augusta National.

10. His first pro victory came at the 1996 Spanish Open.

11. In 2007, he became the first Irishman to win the Irish Open in 25 years.

12. His 2008 USPGA Championship win, his third major in 13 months, meant he became the first European to win the Wanamaker Trophy since 1930 and the first European to win back-to-back majors.

13. He is an ambassador for the R&A Working for Golf scheme, Golf Ireland and the Special Olympics.

14. He has an incredible practice facility inside his house and in his garden. Watch our tour of his home below:


15. He attended the same secondary school as Paul McGinley.

16. He won the RTE Sportsperson of the Year award in 2002, 2007 and 2008

17. He also won the European Tour's shot of the year in 2008 for his 5 wood into the 71st hole at Royal Birkdale in the Open Championship, as well as the Association of Golf Writers' Player of the Year, Golf Writers Association of America's Player of the Year, PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year and European Tour Player of the Year.

18. He won the Irish Open Amateur Championship in 1995.

19. He was part of the 1995 Walker Cup winning side with GB&I winning at Royal Porthcawl. That included a victory over a certain Tiger Woods in the Sunday foursomes. Other notables on the GB&I side included David Howell, Stephen Gallacher and Mark Foster.

20. His career on-course PGA Tour earnings stand at $25m.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x