Padraig Harrington gets inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame – “It's nice to be part of that crowd”

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Padraig Harrington was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame class of 2024. The Irish golfer is one of the most successful golfers in the world, having won three Majors in his career.

Recently, he expressed his happiness about being named to the Hall of Fame and stated that he was elated to join the crowd, referring to his fellow players like Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, and Fred Couples, among others.

Speaking of the incredible achievement, Harrington said (via PGA Tour):

“You kind of look at these guys, and you want to be one of them. You want to be part of it. And many of the guys on the Champions Tour, their careers were a little bit ahead of me so they were actually guys I would have looked up to when I was turning pro. They're guys I would have watched on TV at pro events. So it's nice to be part of that crowd."

Along with Padraig Harrington, other inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame class of 2024 include Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettweiler, Helen Hicks, Sally Sessions, Shirley Spork, and Opal Hill, the founding members of the LPGA Tour.

Over the years, Harrington has received numerous awards for his successful golf career. He was awarded the European Tour Order of Merit in 2006, European Tour Golfer of the Year in 2007 and 2008, European Tour Players' Player of the Year in 2008, and PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2008.

All about Padraig Harrington's career

Born on August 31, 1971, Padraig Harrington is a renowned Irish golfer from Dublin. He grew up playing golf and, encouraged by his father and brother, developed a keen interest in the game, eventually embarking on a career in it.

Harrington had a successful amateur career, winning the Walker Cup while playing for Great Britain & Ireland. He turned professional in 1995 and joined the European Tour a year later. Harrington had an impressive start to his professional career, winning his maiden event in just ten starts on the European Tour at the Peugeot Spanish Open in 1996. He defeated Gordon Brand Jr. to win the event by four strokes.

Harrington has enjoyed a successful career on both the European and PGA Tours. He has won 39 professional tournaments, including six on the PGA and 15 on the European tours.

Aside from his exemplary performance in regular PGA and European Tour events, Harrington has been impressive in the Majors. He has won three Major tournaments in his career, including two Open Championships and one PGA Championship.

He currently plays on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, where he has won seven tournaments so far. Additionally, Harrington frequently competes in PGA Tour and European Tour events. In 2024, he played in five PGA Tour events but only made the cut in one of them, finishing in the T52 position at the Mexico Open at Vidanta.

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