Golf | 1 week ago

You can't beat burger and chips.

With a reported net worth of over €30 million, you would excuse Padraig Harrington for spending lavishly. When it comes to celebrating his anniversary, however, the three-time major winner prefers to strip it all back and go for the simple things.

Harrington and his wife, Caroline, celebrated their 20th anniversary on Wednesday. They obviously marked the occasion with a meal, but did they treat themselves to some five-star spa treatment? Or how about a week's break somewhere sunny?

Nah, why go to all that bother when Bunsen Burger is just down the road?

The 46-year-old is currently enjoying some deserved downtime after another hectic year on tour. Although the two-time Open champion will want to forget about 10 missed cuts this season, he did rediscover his form towards the end of the campaign, with a fourth-placed finish in the Turkish Airlines Open in November.

Harrington is hoping to use that encouraging showing as a springboard in his bid to make next year's Ryder Cup team. He will be 47 by the time the bi-annual showpiece rolls around next September and, although he hasn't made the European team since 2010, he feels as though he can be an asset for captain Thomas Bjorn.

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With Harrington determined to play his way into Bjorn's thoughts, and Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry expected to be in contention, the Ryder Cup could have a very strong Irish contingent next year. Let's hope it pans out.

While you're here, check out the latest episode of #SportsJOElive where we had Donegal pro boxer Jason Quigley, Cork Camogie star Ashling Thompson, alongside the ever-brilliant Dion Fanning in the studio!


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