Golf News for Monday, April 11, 2005 | People

Padraig Harrington named the European Tour Golfer of the Month

Chicago -- Padraig Harrington, the sixth ranked player in the world, has been named the European Tour Golfer of the Month for March. The Wilson Staff professional earned the award following his first win on the PGA Tour when he shot a final round 63 and defeated the world's # 1 player, Vijay Singh, and Joe Ogilvie in a sudden-death playoff at the Honda Classic.

"This is great news for Padraig and great news for Wilson Staff as the brand continues to build momentum with the golf season opening for most of the country," said Angus Moir, Global Business Director, Wilson Golf. "Padraig is a tremendous ambassador worldwide for Wilson Staff and we congratulate him on this latest honor."

Harrington, who became the first golfer from the Republic of Ireland to win on the PGA Tour, plays with the new Wilson Staff Pi5 Irons (3-PW), the Wilson Staff Pd5 Driver, two Wilson Staff TwC Wedges (52° and 58°), a Wilson Staff Fw5 5- Wood and the Wilson Staff Kc4 Putter. He also wears Wilson Staff headwear and proudly displays the new Wilson Staff shield on his black and silver Wilson Staff Tour Bag.

Harrington came from seven strokes behind to win the Honda Classic, and it was a pair of par-saving wedge shots that saved the day. Playing the 18th hole, he missed the green short on the first playoff hole, but chipped high over a bunker and stopped the ball dead three feet from the hole, prompting analyst Johnny Miller to comment about the grooves on his Wilson Staff Tw5 Wedge. While said in jest, the Staff Tw5 Wedges indeed feature grooves as sharp and deep as allowable by USGA standards to produce extra spin.

"It's a great honor to be named European Tour Golfer of the Month," said Harrington, who beat out Ernie Els and his two wins on the European Tour in March. "On a personal level it was a great thrill to win the Honda Classic and enjoy the rewards of all the hard work I have put in."

The award was selected by a panel comprised of members of the media and European Tour, and was presented to Padraig in Augusta prior to the start of The Masters.

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