Padraig Harrington – Wow! Talk about a summer redefining your legacy! Winning the last two majors of 2008 and three of the past six?! 16 months ago Harrington was a nearly man and now he’s one of the greatest golfers of his generation. How the heck did this happen?? Well, making ridiculous putt after ridiculous putt and shooting 32 on the back nines of the 2008 PGA and British Opens explains a lot.
Harrington joins illustrious company in the 3-majors club, including contemporaries Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and the late Payne Stewart. His win at the PGA pulls him ahead of a noteworthy group of two-time major winners, including Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer, Curtis Strange, Johnny Miller and, er, John Daly.
Raise a glass of stout for the man from Dublin.
Sergio Garcia – Another tough loss and everyone will point to the short missed putt on 17. Obviously it was a key miss, but this performance solidified Sergio as a legitimate contender at every major where he tees it up. He reined in his emotions, putted well and was in the hunt until the very end. If not for Harrington’s heroics, Sergio would have had his first major instead of now being 0-for-41 (note: Mickelson was 0-for-42 before winning three in a bunch). I expect Sergio will win at least two majors in the next three years.
Tiger Woods – It has to be said, not as much with the PGA but definitely with the British, that the last two majors were there for the taking and he’s probably at home thinking he should be at 16. The slam next year to tie Jack?