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Padraig Harrington Feels Sense Of 'Validation' Ahead Of Receiving Huge Golf Honour

Padraig Harrington Feels Sense Of 'Validation' Ahead Of Receiving Huge Golf Honour
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Padraig Harrington will receive a major honour next week, with the Dubliner set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at the US Open at Pinehurst next week.

The 52-year old is one of the finest sportspeople this country has ever produced, winning three major titles during his peak in the 2000s. He has since gone on to become a force in the senior ranks, racking up seven victories (including one major) since joining the tour in 2022.

Harrington was one of the best players in the world at his peak, with his three majors coming in the span of just over 12 months back in 2007 and 2008.

Those achievements have now been recognised with this latest honour.


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Padraig Harrington feels sense of 'validation' ahead of golf honour

While it may not be something that is thought about all that much be the fans, being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame is a huge honour for professional golfers.

Speaking ahead his induction next week, Padraig Harrington admitted he was hugely satisfied to be included.


By getting into the Hall of Fame, it brings a lot of emotions. Validation, no doubt about it. Satisfaction, no doubt about it.

And they were the first emotions 100%. It's a deep sense of satisfaction that I've done it, I've done well, that it's marked now.

But as the week's gone on, there's certainly the sense of joy, that I get to enjoy all these past glories again and maybe take it in more than I might have done 20 years ago...

Hall of Fames really aren't on the radar in Ireland are they? It's not something that we would have naturally grown up with.

It's only become a thing as you get out on tour. Then as you start to play better, it becomes a much bigger thing...

Deep down I certainly wanted to win majors and definitely didn't want to win just one. I was really scared of that 'one'.

Players who have won one, it becomes a burden during their career and it's only when they retire, they get to enjoy it. I always wanted to get that second one, I got a third one and really quickly and you can't change what's deep down.

The honour is well deserved.

Over 15 years on from his three major victories, Padraig Harrington remains one of the most popular sportspeople in Ireland.


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