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Sunday 20 August 2017

I'm glad someone backed me at 600/1 odds, says Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington speaking at a press conference at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club following his recent win in the Honda Classic.
Padraig Harrington speaking at a press conference at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club following his recent win in the Honda Classic.

GOLFER Padraig Harrington was back on home soil after his storming win at the Honda Classic in Florida.

The Dubliner, who pocketed a cool €1m winner's cheque, said that the reality of his success is only starting to sink in.

"It's only beginning to dawn on me...As the days go by, you realise 'wow there are a lot of changes ahead for the next while'," he said.

The modest sportsman said that most of all he was delighted that others have made some money off the back of his achievement.

"600 to 1, I heard someone got on me," he said. "I've had people coming up to me for the last five years saying they lost money on me so it's nice to hear they've won," he laughed.

However, he doesn't want to be the bookies' long-shot again.

"I don't want to be 600 to 1 to win the next tournament," he said.

The golf star arrived home in Dublin at lunchtime on Tuesday and enjoyed hugs from his two sons, Patrick and Ciaran, whom he hadn't seen in five weeks.

"My younger fella was excited (about the win), my older fella was just happy to see his dad. That's the longest I've ever been separated from the kids so it was nice to get home to see them."

There was no lavish celebration, instead he enjoyed the novelty of just doing nothing with his family.

"I did nothing, absolutely nothing - which is unusual for me. No interviews, nothing. When I got home I just chilled out all day and destroyed the kids' routines," he joked.

Speaking at a press conference in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club yesterday ahead of a photoshoot for Dunnes Stores, the three-time major winner was adamant "there are majors left in me".

"I was happy to win but there was definitely a sense of relief for the people close to me," he said.

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