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Sunday 21 September 2014

Padraig: Top courses? I love crazy golf with my kids

Emma Jane Hade

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

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Paidraig Harrington with the Brown family: Des and Paivi, their son Henry and daughter Anna

THREE times major winner Padraig Harrington doesn't go too far without his lucky charm, a ladybird golf club cover bought by his young son, as it reminds him of the "good days".

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The Dubliner has had a bad run of luck on the course in recent times, and last weekend he crashed out of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in the US.

But the golfer said that the novelty club cover he uses on his clubs brings back some good memories.

"When I won the Open in 2007, my son (Patrick) came out on the green and I had the trophy in my hand.

"He was just three and a half at the time, and the first thing he said to me was 'can we put ladybirds in it?'

"He bought (the cover) for me for Christmas, so I keep one on there to remind me of the good days," the 42-year-old said.

Throughout his successful career he has graced the fairways of prestigious courses like Augusta – but Harrington admitted that he often swaps the grand country clubs for a round of crazy golf with his two young sons.

"I bring my kids to crazy golf because they can make a birdie or a hole in one. That's what encourages them."

CAREER

The father-of-two admitted that he has not played well this year, but says he feels good about his game and that he is at "an interesting stage" of his career.

"I am still keen to get out there, I am still keen to do the work.

"I am just trying to stay a little patient and wait for it to turn around."

He was speaking yesterday at the launch of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland's new development plan, something that he believes will help to further the game in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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