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The University of St. Andrews in Scotland will honor triple-major winner Padraig Harrington before this year's British Open takes place at the home of golf.

The Dubliner, who has won the Open twice, at Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale, will join a long and distinguished list of golfers who have received an honorary degree from the University.

"Padraig Harrington exemplifies excellence, drive and achievement at the highest levels of professional sport. He's a fantastic role model and a great ambassador for golf," said a university spokesperson.

Harrington will be honored on July 13, the day before the 150th British Open begins.

Tiger Woods, who won the Open at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005, has yet to received an honorary degree from the University.

In other Padraig Harrington news, the Dubliner has agreed to become golf ambassador for the Special Olympics.

The announcement was made  before this week’s Players Championships.

In his new ambassadorial role, Harrington will promote the Special Olympics message of inclusion and acceptance for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

“I am thrilled to be invited to become the Special Olympics' Ambassador for Golf," Harrington said on his appointment.

 “I believe that the game of golf can inspire Special Olympics athletes to reach for their goals and enjoy the benefits the game brings. I look forward to playing an active part in the exciting times ahead."