Friday 24 November 2017

Padraig Harrington: I thought Rory McIlroy would have overtaken me on the Irish rich list

Irish golfers Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy
Irish golfers Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Irish golfer Padraig Harrington has said that golfers don't use earnings to judge their performances, but is surprised that Rory McIlroy isn't well clear of him in the Irish rich list.

Speaking on RTE Radio's The Ray D'Arcy Show, Harrington admitted that he will need to turn his game around quickly to try and keep pace with four-time Major winner.

Despite struggling to recapture his best form on the golf course, last year Harrington was named as Ireland's richest sportsman.

The three-time Major championship winner was estimated to be worth a massive €43.7m, far surpassing the other Irish contenders, including McIlroy who at that point was worth an estimated €34m.

"I would have assumed that Rory would have overtaken me," he admitted today. "He’s going to do it very quickly anyway.

"In terms of future earnings, certainly Rory would be there very quickly unless I turn my game around and perform."

Independent.ie's  rich list has the 25 year-old up to a net worth of €63m and well clear of the 43 year-old Dubliner.

Harrington however insisted that financial earnings are not what players judge their on-course performances on.

"Players don’t use that to judge their performance, it’s all about getting out there and performing and winning.

"We’re very fickle, all sports people are, but particularly golfers, it’s how we played last week is how we feel about our game."

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