• Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Catch up with Padraig's busy playing schedule as well as finding out what he's doing off the course, from his role as the R&A's Working for Golf Ambassador, to the work he does raising awareness for the Special Olympics and as Ireland's Golf Ambassador.

Waste Management Phoenix Open

Entry Date:
Dec 17, 2014

Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Padraig will kick off his 2015 schedule on the USPGA tour at one of his favourite tournaments, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The tournament is famed for having the largest crowds in golf and a boisterous par three 16th hole. It is due to commence on the last weekend of January.

Padraig Harrington receives the PGA Recognition Award
Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington is the 2014 recipient of the PGA Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to golf.

The Dubliner, who returned to the winner's rostrum with his victory in the recent Indonesian Open, picked up the accolade at the PGA?s annual fundraiser at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Harrington has scaled the heights of world golf with back to back Open Championship victories at Carnoustie in 2007 and Royal Birkdale a year later.

He also held off the challenge of Sergio Garcia to land the USPGA Championship at Oakland Hills in 2008 to become the first European to win back-to-back Major Championships.

It was deserved reward for his efforts on the practice ground where he would famously spend days on end with coach Bob Torrance fashioning a swing to accompany his deadly accurate short game.

The three-time Walker Cup player turned professional in 1995 and has chalked up 14 European Tour victories plus several more worldwide.

In addition he has enjoyed huge success in the Ryder Cup, making six appearances, helping Europe to four wins, the last in 2010.

Harrington was also a vice captain to fellow Irishman Paul McGinley at Gleneagles and is widely touted as a future captain.

Away from the fairways he has been equally dedicated, establishing the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation, becoming an ambassador for both the R&A and Special Olympics and also supporting a number of charities including the Oesophageal Cancer Fund and the 3Ts.

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said: "Padraig is a golfer who inspires tremendous affection on the world stage, not just for his brilliant golf but for his dedication and passion and also for the way he conducts himself and which has made him hugely popular in the game.

"The PGA Recognition Award is our way of acknowledging great achievements in the game and I'm delighted on behalf of the PGA's membership to bestow this accolade on Padraig " he is a deserving winner and credit to the sport."

Commenting on the award, Harrington said: "The PGA does outstanding work on behalf of its members and fulfills an important role in growing and promoting the game of golf for the benefit of all.

"It's a real honour to receive the PGA Recognition Award from such a respected organisation and I am delighted that my career achievements have been recognised with this special distinction."

The PGA lunch is an important fundraiser for the PGA's Benevolent Fund which helps members who have fallen on difficult and hard times.

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FAN MESSAGES

Breeda McRann - Dublin : I attended the presentation last night in the Gaiety and I have to say it was most inspirational and motivational.I have no doubt you will achieve your goals over the next few years. Breeda.

Aidan Daly - Churchtown, Dublin : Congratulations Padraig on a fantastic night on Monday in the Gaiety. I went along with three friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed your swing advice and your insights into the game. Well done also for the funds you raised for your charity and I would like to wish you the best of luck for the season ahead. Kind regards, Aidan Daly

James McBride - Philadelphia.Pa. U.S.A. : Congrats! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here is to a great 2015!

Gus Corrigan - Dublin : Hi Padraig, Congratulations on your latest win in Indonesia . I am genuinely delighted for you , your caddy and your family. This will be great for the 2015 season for you. Kind Regards, Gus.

Liam - Limerick : Congratulations on win in Indonesian Open.

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