Johannesburg - Triple Major champion Padraig Harrington has added
his name to a professional field for this month’s Gary Player Invitational
presented by Coca-Cola that now has a combined 13 Majors and 258 tournament
The 20-23 November tournament, the final
leg in the global Gary Player Invitational series to be played at The Lost City
Golf Club at Sun City, will see Grand Slam champion Gary Player lead a field of
top professionals alongside an array of celebrities and business leaders in
Africa’s premier charity golf tournament.
South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs
has also confirmed his place amongst the former sports greats and celebrities
taking part, and joins Spanish model and actress Inés Sastre, and actress
Vanessa Haywood. As part of the spirit of this Union of Golf and Giving, they
will all be seeking to help add to the over R600 million the GPI series has
already raised for various charities supported by The Player Foundation.
Harrington, winner of the 2007 and 2008
Open Championship and 2008 PGA Championship, joins 1991 Masters champion and
former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, European Tour campaigners Ignacio
Garrido, Robert Rock and Thomas Levet, and Ladies European Tour professionals
Carly Booth and Amy Boulden in the professional field.
“We have been privileged to have had such
incredible support from professional golfers over the years, and this year is
no exception. It is really going to be a treat for our celebrities and business
leaders to play alongside Major champions and multiple tournament winners,”
said golf icon Gary Player.
Harrington’s place in the tournament is
certainly timely as the former European Tour Order of Merit winner, European
Tour Golfer of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year seeks to draw from the
inspirational Player as he attempts to work his way back up the world rankings.
got to get inside the top 15 in the world to make the Olympics in 2016. That’s
the big goal. I really feel good about my game, so I believe I can do it. I’m
in a good frame of mind. What you’ve done in the past doesn’t make much
difference to the future. You need to be working on things in the present. I’m
quite excited about my mental game at the moment,” said Harrington, the
vice-captain for the European team in the 2014 Ryder Cup.
For more information on the Gary Player
Invitational, visit www.garyplayerinvitational.com and follow @GPInvitational on Twitter - #GPI2014.