Thursday 8 December 2016

Padraig Harrington has a potentially very lucrative perk coming his way after ending his European Tour drought

Published 24/10/2016 | 09:49

Padraig Harrington with the trophy following his victory at the Portugal Masters Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Padraig Harrington with the trophy following his victory at the Portugal Masters Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

It pays big time to win on the European Tour.

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Padraig Harrington is no stranger to novelty sized cheques after a highly successful career that has seen him win three major championships but the Dubliner will still be delighted with how much money yesterday's heroics netted him.

Harrington held his nerve to par the 18th hole and win the Portugal Masters by one stroke over Andy Sullivan, emulating Shane Lowry who won the same tournament by the minimum margin in 2012.

For his stellar play, Harrington earned the winners' cheque of €333,000, but on top of that, his first European Tour victory in eight years has the potential to make him even more money if he can maintain the form of last weekend.

Harrington's win propels him into 43rd on the Race to Dubai list. That is crucial because the perk of being inside the top 60 is that you qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the European Tour's most lucrative event. The prize fund is valued at €7.35m and if Harrington can give a good showing and climb into the top ten by the end of the season, he could share in the €3.5m bonus pool.

All in all, a great weekend for Harrington professionally and financially - and it could prove to be even more lucrative in the coming weeks.

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