Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington upbeat about future of Irish Open


Padraig Harrington

Despite a disappointing first round at the the Dubai World Championship, Padraig Harrington was optimistic about his future in the Irish Open.

The major Irish golf event was jeopardized recently when “3," the main sponsor withdrew.

However, George O'Grady, the Chief Executive of the 2011 competition, remains hopeful a sponsorship deal will come through, an optimism which Harrington shares.

"I met with George and there is a plan in hand but the Tour badly need to find a sponsor," Harrington told the Irish Independent.

"Yet '3' have brought the Irish Open to a level where it has potential and must be regarded as a big event again in Europe.

"It was an exciting event last year at Killarney. The crowds were superb. It was a profitable gate and a good return for the tournament in that sense," he added.

"Three years ago, it was tough to find a sponsor, but it should not be so difficult now.

"There certainly are a few sponsors being talked about. Though nobody has jumped yet, we still have been given plenty of time to find one," explained Harrington.


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: