Padraig Harrington fears ‘rough seas ahead’ as Saudi Golf League intensifies

Colin Montgomerie Padraig Harrington

An interesting time awaits the sport of golf..

Padraig Harrington admits that he is unsure of what is set to come down the tracks in professional golf, with the Saudi Golf League gathering momentum at a pace of knots.

Last weekend, reigning USPGA Championship holder Phil Mickelson opted out of defending his crown this week, as speculation begins to mount surrounding his own future within the PGA ranks.

Harrington, however, is watching on from afar as the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series gets set for a controversial start next month.

“They didn’t want to rock the boat but that boat is being rocked with pretty rough seas ahead..”

And speaking to RTE ahead of this weekend’s US PGA Championship, Harrington is expecting ‘rough seas’ ahead for the golfing world.

“What is going to happen? Where is world golf going to be?,” he began. “I can understand the European Tour when they turned down the PGL offer originally.

“They didn’t want to rock the boat but that boat is being rocked with pretty rough seas ahead.

“I think there will be at least 30 European players who’ve gone to look for releases and they’re going to be playing for 12 and a half times what they’re playing for every week.

“When you start seeing people turn up who you’re better than and they’re winning $4 million, that will be hard on other players. I can understand why those 30 individuals in Europe, middle of the road players, have gone, ‘this is a life-changing opportunity.'”

Padraig Harrington.

For now, Harrington must get himself set for the USPGA Championship, which is set to headline this weekend’s sporting action.

Last year, the Dubliner secured a remarkable tied fourth placed finish in the competition, and will be hoping to do similar this year at Southern Hills.

In doing so, it would help him right the wrongs of his appearance at the US Masters in Augusta, where he missed the cut after scoring a +5 score after two rounds.

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