Padraig Harrington on meeting LIV Golf players at events: ‘It’s a bit like Christmas dinner’

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Padraig Harrington, two-time Open Championship champion and one-time PGA Championship Winnerready to leave the past in the past when it comes to those who have switched to LIV Golf.

Harrington spoke to reporters at the JP McManus Pro-Am and said he believes there is room in the world of golf for “lots of tours and lots of competition”. He added that the LIV Golf could be good for the sport – he is one of the few golfers who actually claimed it.

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Padraig Harrington of Ireland heads to course 10 on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.

Padraig Harrington of Ireland heads to course 10 on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.
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“There are glitches at the moment, there’s no doubt about it, but sometimes glitches are a good thing,” said the 50-year-old Irishman. via golf.com. “At this point, like I said, it looks like the PGA Tour have solidified their positions and the European Tour has solidified their positions. I feel like there are many opportunities and time will tell.”

Harrington described being with some of his Ryder Cup teammates who jumped into LIV Golf to be at a gala dinner with family members with different political views.

Padraig Harrington of Ireland speaks at a press conference ahead of his round on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at the Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.

Padraig Harrington of Ireland speaks at a press conference ahead of his round on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at the Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.
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“Being here is a bit like Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving for your family. You can have a brother or sister sitting there and — we Americanize it: you can be a Republican, they can be a Democrat, but you’re friends in that.” specific time, and maybe politics is not mentioned at the dinner table,” he said. “We’re here for two days and it’s great to see.”

Harrington was scheduled to compete in the Scottish Open with Open Championship around the corner.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington watches himself during a practice round ahead of the Genesis Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club on July 6, 2022 in North Berwick, Scotland.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington watches himself during a practice round ahead of the Genesis Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club on July 6, 2022 in North Berwick, Scotland.
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Harrington finished 30th at the Irish Open last week. He finished 7 under par.