Three-time Major winner Pádraig Harrington has re-signed with Wilson Golf in a multi-year deal that will see him continue to play Wilson Staff clubs on both tours from January.
Harrington first signed with Wilson Golf back in 1998 and went on to win three Majors in 13 months, including back-to-back British Opens in 2007 and ’08. During his 15 years playing with Wilson Staff, he has amassed more than €20m and won 26 tournaments worldwide.
Harrington will continue to play with the Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons that helped him shoot his lowest round as a professional (61) at this year’s Transitions Championship and also claim the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in October.
Building on impressive showings at this year’s Masters (T8) and US Open (T4), Harrington will be using the new FG Tour TC wedges and the new D-100 hybrids in his Pro Tour bag, whilst continuing to feature the Wilson Staff logo on his headwear.
“I love the feel and control I get from the FG Tour V2 irons and I’m sure they will continue to serve me well on tour next year,” said Harrington.
“We’re thrilled that Pádraig has re-signed with us and continues this long relationship with the brand that has won more Majors with its irons than any other,” said Tim Clarke, general manager of Wilson Golf.
Harrington will also continue in his role as a Wilson Staff advisory member, helping with the development of clubs for the brand that has collected 61 majors with its iron and 82 with its wedges.
Meanwhile, speculation is mounting 63-year-old Tom Watson will be named tomorrow to lead America’s Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles in 2014. If true, the five-time British Open champion would become their oldest-ever captain. Sam Snead was 57 when he did the job in 1969.
The United States have lost five of the last six matches with their only success on European soil in the last 31 years coming in 1993 — with Watson in charge.
While not confirming the Professional Golfers’ Association of America had been in touch with him, Watson said in Australia at the weekend: “It would be a great honour if I got tapped on the shoulder. I’d like to go back as captain. That would be cool.”
He has not even attended a match since he was captain, however, and to hand him the position again would be seen as a huge gamble – especially as he has been critical in the past of Tiger Woods’s behaviour.
After Woods fell from grace following a sex scandal in 2008 Watson said: “I feel that he has not carried the same stature as the other great players that have come along like Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan in the sense that there was bad language and club throwing on the golf course.”
PGA of America president Ted Bishop fuelled the speculation yesterday when he said: “I’m looking forward to Thursday because I think we’ve done something a little bit different.”
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