Paddy Harrington Helps Out at Abu Dhabi Championship

by Jeff Skinner

Say what you will about Padraig Harrington’s disqualification from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship but one thing is for certain: Paddy is a class guy.  Yes, his pace of play is glacial, and controversy has followed him around the past few years and he changes his swing like most players change their gloves but he is truly a gentleman.  He dealt with his DQ as professionally as anyone possibly could and he still volunteered to participate in a clinic on Saturday since he had some time on his hands.  “I may even make the first lesson all about marking and replacing your ball” he quipped as he showed he still has his sense of humor.

From European Tour.com:

Padraig Harrington, the two-time Open Champion and PGA Championship winner, has offered to showcase his skills in a clinic at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, following the disappointment of him not competing for the title over the final two days of the tournament.

The Irishman, who was disqualified on Friday morning, will be joined by former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns and international rugby legends Gavin Hastings and Jonathan Davies as well as Simon Cooper the CEO of HSBC Middle East and North Africa. He also hopes to involve the children in the crowd.

“I have no issues with my disqualification as I believe the Rules of Golf are the best and fairest of any sport but I am very disappointed not to be playing on Saturday and Sunday. However, I am looking forward to putting in some practice time on the range and hosting a clinic for the children.  I might even make the first lesson all about marking and replacing your ball!” Harrington joked.

“HSBC, as they do all over the world, have provided much entertainment in the spectator village and I look forward to being part of Saturday’s activities!” he added.


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