He’s tamed the Tiger – now Irish golf superstar Padraig Harrington has come face to face with a Cheetah.

The triple Major winner met up with a real live Cheetah in South Africa ahead of this week’s Champions tournament.

Harrington returns to action for the first time in 2012 determined to make a push for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.


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But first he took time out to get up close and personal with the animal, venturing to pet the cheetah with the hands that have earned over $60million in prize money.

Watched closely by his handler, the cheetah merely purred and turned to look at Harrington as the Irishman stroked its back according to the Irish Independent.

“I considered it worth the risk,” the Dubliner told the paper.