Padraig Harrington, who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, took the time to congratulate his longtime “rival,” Sergio Garcia, on an Irish radio station. While speaking to 2FM’s “Game On Show,” Harrington gave his honest take on Garcia’s first ever major and their salty relationship.
“I was delighted to see the emotion on the 18th green,” Harrington said. “Anybody watching that has got to feel for him. You could see in that moment in time that he has paid his dues.”
Apparently, the fact that Harrington beat Garcia in close battles at the 2007 Open Championship and 2008 PGA Championship did not help what was already a rocky relationship.
“I gave him every out I possibly could have at the 2007 Open,” Harrington said to 2FM. “I was as polite as I could and as generous as I could be, but he was a very sore loser. And he continued to be a very sore loser.
“So clearly, after that, we have had a very sticky wicket after that. The Ryder Cup improved it after that but we say hello to each other every day and it’s through gritted teeth, there is no doubt about it. I know he is watching what I am doing and I am watching what he is doing. It is one of those things. He’s a rival.”
Harrington was far from done on the matter.
“It’s very simple. Myself and Sergio have been on tour as long as each other,” he said. “We would have been the opposite. His is a very flamboyant game, everything comes easy. There were periods he never practiced. We were such opposites. I worked at it, grinded it out. Got the best out of it.
“I’m very strong on the etiquette of the game, so I don’t tolerate people spitting in the hole, throwing their shoes or throwing golf clubs. That would be my attitude. And it would be quite clear where I came from.”
Shots fired. Now we wait for Garcia’s response.
h/t: espn.com, golf.com