Pádraig Harrington

On 22 July 2007, Pádraig Harrington became the first Irishman to win the British Open in 60 years, when he defeated Sergio García in a four-hole playoff at Carnoustie in Scotland. In doing so, he also became the first man ever from the Republic of Ireland to win a major.
Both players went into the playoff having shot a seven-under-par 277 for the championship, with Harrington subsequently winning by one shot when he holed a three-foot bogey putt at the final playoff hole.
Harrington’s victory was also the first in eight years for a European at one of the major championships.
Harrington turned professional in 1995 and joined the European Tour in 1996, winning his first tournament in the same year when he was crowned champion at the 1996 Peugeot Spanish Open.
The next few years were a rather lean period for Harrington, as he finished second in a number of European Tour events without managing to record a second victory on the tour. This period included four runner-up places in five events in late 1999.
However, in 2000 Pádraig Harrington rediscovered winning ways, and managed to post at least one win on the European Tour each year from then up to 2004.
Harrington has finished in the top 10 on the European Tour’s Order of Merit seven times, including second places in 2001 and 2002 and third places in 2003 and 2004.
Harrington eventually won the Order of Merit in 2006, and in 2007 he was awarded the European Tour Golfer of the Year award, in a year that included his maiden major championship victory at the British Open.
Harrington has spent a considerable amount of time both in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings and as the highest-ranked European golfer, his best ranking being sixth.
Pádraig Harrington has also played for Europe in four Ryder Cups; losing in 1999 but winning in 2002, 2004 and 2006.