European Tour

Padraig targets '5th' major

2015-03-10 14:59
Padraig Harrington (AFP)

Cape Town - Padraig Harrington is eager to perform at the Irish Open at Royal County Down, which tees off in May.

The Irishman finally got back to winning ways at the Honda Open last week following a nearly seven year win drought. Before the watershed victory, Harrington's last win came at the 2008 PGA Championships.

The veteran battled past America's Daniel Berger on the second hole of a playoff last week Sunday. The win has understandably boosted his confidence as he prepares for what he calls his 'fifth major'.

"The Irish Open is my fifth Major and always one of the first events on my schedule, for obvious reasons," the 43-year-old

"Whilst it is always a special week for me, this year will be interesting as it'll be the first time I've played at Royal County Down as a professional, so I'm really looking forward to getting there and seeing how the course has been set up.

"The last time the Irish Open was played in Northern Ireland, at Royal Portrush in 2012, it was a huge success and I was glad to be in the mix on the final day. The crowds were similar to a Major and generated a great atmosphere, and I'm sure it will be well attended again at Royal County Down."

The event is hosted by the Rory Foundation, a philanthropic effort set up by Rory McIlroy that supports a variety of children's charities around the world.

Aside from the world number one, the tournament has attracted a whole host of superstars, including four time Major Champion Ernie Els, eleven time European Tour winner Sergio Garcia, former world number one Lee Westwood and upcoming talent Rickie Fowler.

"It's great to see Rory involved and supporting the tournament, and it looks like it'll be one of the strongest fields the Irish Open has ever had," added the three time Major winner.

"It's shaping up to be a great week and I look forward to being part of it."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Who will win the 2016 edition of the Ryder Cup?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.