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Sunday 31 August 2014

Video: Padraig Harrington returns to roots at Stackstown

Nicola Anderson

Published 22/01/2014 | 16:13

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PADRAIG Harrington was filled with nostalgia as he went back to his roots today to launch the Irish Open.

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Perched at ear-popping heights in the Dublin Mountains, Stackstown Golf Club was where the three times major winner first teed off at the tender age of four.

By the age of five, he was helping his father – a founding member - to level the greens.

“Anyone who knows this golf club knows it’s not exactly level,” Padraig admitted.

Now a third generation of Harringtons is teeing off at Stackstown – Padraig’s ten year old son, Paddy.

The pro golfer revealed that his son is “not quite” as enthusiastic about golf as he was himself at the same age.

“He enjoys playing golf with me. He hasn’t quite got the bug that he’s out there playing on his own,” he said.

“He’s not travelling up and playing 45 holes like I would’ve done probably at that age but he likes playing around when I’m with him.”

Just back from Abu Dhabi, Padraig says he is looking forward to playing at the Irish Open which takes place this year at Fota Island in Cork – but he says it will be a busy time for him and the rest of the top Irish players including the likes of Paul McGinley, Shane Lowry and others like Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy.

The last  time the Open was held at Fota Island in 2002, Colin Montgomerie was disturbed by the whooping call of mating gibbons when he was lining up a crucial putt.

The Irish Open takes place at the Fota Island resort from June 19-22.

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