Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington faced his most stern test in front of a camera last Monday when he was put on the spot by his own son Paddy.
The Dubliner was in the Westbury Hotel for the Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year awards when son Paddy, the kid who famously put the ladybirds in the Claret Jug following Harrington’s first Major success in 2007, grilled his father on the year that was 2014.
Here is how it went.
Paddy: “I’m here with three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington. I would like to ask him a few questions. Firstly, what was your favourite sporting moment, to do with golf, this year?”
Padraig: “I think winning the Ryder Cup, I was somewhat involved, but watching Paul McGinley captain the team, I think that was the overall highlight.
“Individually, I really enjoyed watching the PGA Championship and Rory winning that down the stretch. It was just a really enjoyable week, an exciting last round and a real worthy winner in Rory.”
Paddy: “So what about all Irish sports?”
Padraig: “I think both the All Ireland hurling and football were unbelievable this year. Disappointing to see Dublin lose to Donegal, I was really supporting them. I think as a neutral, the hurling delivered so much this year. I really do think the GAA was the highlight of the year.”
Paddy: “What are your plans for Christmas?”
Padraig: “A family Christmas. Unusually this year, not only am I off through Christmas but I don’t have to start back playing until the end of January so I can really just chill out over Christmas and just enjoy the family festivities.
“I’ll do the usual things, Christmas dinner at home, I’ll definitely go to the Leopardstown races and just enjoy it with my family and chill out. Come January I will have to spend time working off the Christmas food.”