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Padraig Harrington set to be inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame in 2024

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IRELAND’s Padraig Harrington is set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2024.

The three-time major winner will become the third Irishman to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Padraig Harrington is set to be indicted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2024.
Padraig Harrington of Ireland holds up the claret jug after winning the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2008

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Padraig Harrington of Ireland holds up the claret jug after winning the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2008
European Team Captain Padraig Harrington at the pandemic-delayed 2020 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Whistling Straits

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European Team Captain Padraig Harrington at the pandemic-delayed 2020 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Whistling Straits
Stackstown Golf Club in South Dublin is  Pádraig Harrington's home club

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Stackstown Golf Club in South Dublin is Pádraig Harrington’s home club

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The Rathfarnham icon follows in the footsteps of amateur legend Joe Carr (2007) and Ryder Cup legend Christy O’Connor Snr (2009).

Harrington has racked up an astonishing 21 worldwide wins, including three Majors – the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008, and the US PGA Championship in 2008.

Speaking to NBC’s Golf Central, the 51-year old was emotional after confirmation of the news earlier today.

The Stackstown Golf Club legend said: “There are lots of emotions now it’s happened,

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“Humbling. Humbling to be included with the class of 2024 but also humbling to be included with the people who have gone before me.

“Lots of those are people I would put up on a pedestal, so to be there with them forever is very humbling.

The hugely popular golfer was voted PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2008.

Harrington also competed in six Ryder Cups for Europe before going on to captain the team at Whistling Straits in 2021.

He added: “There is a certain amount of not just joy but validation in that.

“I am at a stage of my career now, 51 years of age, you are looking back on what you did. The world of golf is moving very quickly. To get included in the Hall of Fame certainly brings that sense of – I did it.

“It brings validation to what I did in the past, and it’s a very nice reminder of the good days that have gone before me.”

Harrington added that he hoped the honour is based on how he conducted himself on the course, and how much love he has for the game of golf.

He concluded: “I assume I get in based on my wins. I would like to think I got in based on my love of the game and my respect for the game, the etiquette of the game, the rules of the game.

“Just my my love of everything that there is about golf. So, if it is based on the wins – but I would like to think it’s more somewhat to do with the respect I have for the game.”

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