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Athlon Counts Down the 20 Golfers to Watch for Majors Season
They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2013 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.
No. 17: Padraig Harrington
Born: Aug. 31, 1971, Dublin, Ireland | Career PGA Tour Wins: 5 (14 on the European Tour) | 2012 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2012 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,546,272 (53rd) | World Ranking: 54
Brandel Chamblee's Take
Padraig Harrington has been winless since 2008 on either the PGA or European tours. However, the three-time major winner and incessant swing tinkerer has shown signs of returning to his old form with solid finishes in majors and close calls at almost every turn. Long a great wedge player, Harrington had seen his tee to green game become a bit unreliable, but the click is back, and his putting has been brilliant. He will contend for a fourth major in 2013 and break his winless streak.
Major Championship Résumé
Masters - T8
U.S. Open - T4
British Open - T39
PGA Championship - T18
Best Career Finishes:
Masters - T5 (2002, 2008)
U.S. Open - T4 (2012)
British Open - 1st (2007, 2008)
PGA Championship - 1st (2008)
Top-10 Finishes: 15
Top-25 Finishes: 23
Missed Cuts: 17
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