Padraig Harrington. Orlando Ramirez
If you’re going to get hit by a major champ’s golf shot, you could do much worse than Padraig Harrington.
The future World Golf Hall of Fame inductee was quite generous — despite being in the hunt for a second senior major title — after an errant tee shot struck a patron on Fields Ranch East’s par-4 16th. Battling back and forth with fellow golf great Steve Stricker for the Senior PGA Championship, Harrington’s shot sailed left of the fairway hitting a fan on the top of the head. By the time Harrington made it over to him, the injured man had a compress on his head and was about to be taken away in a cart.
Harrington went to sign a golf glove for the man, as one does, but decided this wasn’t enough for his troubles. It was time to take the wallet out.
A kind gesture by Padraig Harrington after striking a fan with his drive on the 16th. 🤝
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) May 28, 2023
“Thank you very much. You got it going in the right direction,” Harrington said. And then the man replied: “I was trying to get you back closer to the fairway there … Good luck, the rest of the way.”
Such a cordial exchange and a head injury deserves much more than a glove, at least according to Harrington.
“I bought him a dinner,” Harrington said after the event. “He nutted my ball back to the fairway. So, yeah, like, you give him a glove, but it never really seems adequate to give a guy a glove. He’s a grown man, like what’s he want with a glove with my signature?
“So I thought — he said his wife was inside — but, please take your wife out for dinner on me was the sort of thing. I don’t know, I hope I gave him enough for dinner.”
Despite the goodwill and positive vibes, the Irishman couldn’t hold on to the victory ultimately losing to Stricker in a playoff. $380,000 in second-place prize money will more than make up for that $300 loss though.