Padraig Harrington And Martin Kaymer Make 2013 PGA Debut In Phoenix

By Les Bailey
Padraig Harrington
Kyle Terada-US Presswire

Padraig Harrington has made his way back to the USA to make his 2013 PGA debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week. Harrington has had a busy off-season schedule since he won the World Series of Golf. The 41 year old three time major champion from Dublin got his season started on the European Tour earlier this season with a fourth place finish at the Volvo Championship, and a 23rd place finish in Abu Dhabi at the HSBC Golf Championship.

Harrington came back in 2012 after a late career slump, with nice finishes at the Masters, and US Open where he was in a tie for 8th place at Augusta, and had a tie for 4th at the US Open. He came back with an 18th place finish at Kiawah Island in the 2012 PGA Championship after not having a very good British Open. He is currently ranked 52nd in the World Golf Rankings, and is 15th in Race To Dubai points. He has 14 wins on the European Tour to along with five wins in the USA.

Padraig Harrington has three major championships on his resume, he won back to back British Opens in 2007, and 2008, and The PGA Championship in 2008 at Oakland Hills.

Harrington will be joined in Phoenix by fellow European Martin Kaymer. Kaymer makes the trip to the US after having an active off season on the European Tour. He finished with a T 26 at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. Kaymer got his 2013 season started at Abu Dhabi, where he played the first two rounds with Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy. He was the only one in the threesome to survive the cut, and finished in a tie for 6th place. He played last week at the Qatar Masters, and was tied for ninth.

Kaymer is ranked 27th in World Golf Rankings, and is 22nd in Race To Dubai points. He won the 2010 PGA Championship in a playoff when Dustin Johnson grounded his club in one of the well hidden bunkers at Whistling Straits.

Harrington and Kaymer are the first of many European players who will be making their way to the US over the next couple of weeks in preparation for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships that get underway next month at Dove Mountain, and the year’s first major at Augusta.

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