Padraig Harrington - Went down after a successful 2008 season
Padraig Harrington, 3-time major championship winner, seems to be lost somewhere since he won his last major in 2008. In 2008, he won his second British Open title in consecutive years. He also won the PGA Championship in the same year and finished
the year with more than $4 million PGA Tour prize money in his pocket. In the same year, he was second in European Tour’s Race to Dubai with $2.5 million prize money.
Harrington has won total of 23 events in his professional career including 14 events on the European Tour, 5 PGA Tour titles and 4 other worldwide tournaments.
In 2006, he won the European Tour Order of Merit. In 2007, he was named as the European Tour Player of the Year and continued his performance in the 2008 season too to win the same title for the 2nd time consecutively in two years. In 2008, he also
earned PGA Tour Player of the Year award and was PGA Player of the year.
He was at the peak of his career and was every everywhere in the news and people talking about him. His performance in the consecutive season also impressed the Golf Writers Association of America and was awarded GWAA Player of the Year award in 2008.
However, he has been out of the news for the last three years and hasn’t performed well as he was performing in the 2006 to 2008 seasons. It seems he has lost his consistency and game that allowed him to reach the heights of his career. He has now
turned 40 years old and currently standing at the 81st position in the Official World Golf Rankings.
In the upcoming 2012 season, he needs to make a quick start and make some top finishes to earn his place in the highly ranked tournaments like WGC events, US Open and Masters. If he doesn’t manage to do that, he will be out of these events which will
really be a bad news for his fans.
Harrington has the nature somewhat like 14 time major winner Tiger Woods who always look for the perfection in golf swing mechanics and the overall game he plays. Harrington has never been able to shot long tees and even he was never good in making
straight tee shots. However, his short game was always good and he had the ability to turn confirm bogeys into pars.
When he won the 2008 PGA Championship, he decided to alter some of his swing mechanics that never seemed to work for him. Furthermore, he putting was also affected with the changes he made. Any professional will have to suffer if he or she fails to
save his pars by hitting short of the hole in any of the professional event.
In the past two seasons, his other country mates such as Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke have managed to win major championships but Harrington’s performance is going down with the passage of time and he is even struggling now to even
play next year’s major championships and events.
Harrington was one of the best golfers around the world but lost control over his game in the recent years. Will he be able to make a comeback after he has turned 40? Will he be able to win any other major event again as he is currently struggling
to even enter his name in the event?
The future is definitely hard to predict here. However, player like Harrington would definitely try to make a comeback and find some good combination to get his reputation and fan following returning with another major win.