Padraig Harrington did a great job all week at Augusta in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports. His honesty and insights when analysing the Masters have gained him many more admirers.
Harrington’s ability to give frank, no-nonsense assessments of matters unfolding at Augusta National from Thursday to Sunday was refreshing. He proved insightful and expressed his knowledge of the game fantastically.
When asked who his fancy was heading into the last day, with several top names still in contention, his natural honesty prevailed. Prompted by presenter David Livingstone to pick with his heart and his head between the final pairing, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, the Dubliner’s frank nature shone through brighter than ever.
Suggesting that Harrington would pick Garcia with his heart over Rose, it was clear that Livingstone forgot who he was speaking to. Of course, it is well known that the three-time major winner has had his differences with Sergio down through the years, with the pair never really seeing eye to eye.
This beef is a one stemming from a rivalry on the golf course, most famously peaking at the 2007 and 2008 British Opens as well as the 2008 US PGA Championship when the Irishman fended off the Spaniard’s best efforts for a maiden major victory.
Harrington also elaborated, ensuring viewers that it was not just on the course that they have had their differences but the relationship is just as frosty off it.
He admitted that they are simply “different guys” and “quite different in the way we go about things” when speaking of the alleged animosity, to which he said:
“There is certainly an undercurrent (of animosity).”
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Although the 45-year-old paid a respectful tribute to his old foe after Garcia clinched the green jacket, his long overdue first major after a dramatic play-off win over Rose, his blunt response before the drama began to unfold was one of the highlights of the week in the Sky Studio.
There is evidently still no love lost between Paudie and Sergio.
Aaron Ward, Pundit Arena