Padraig Harrington Cracks Driver Mid Round And Still Shoots Under Par…


The third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship was filled with drama and has set up a thrilling climax going in to the final day on Sunday. However, one thing that will be different during the final round will be the driver head of three-time Major champion, Padraig Harrington.

The 50-year-old, who has endured a chaotic and busy 12 months, had been one-under-par for his third round at Yas Links before a rather unfortunate moment. About to tee off on the par-5 11th, the former Ryder Cup Captain noticed that the face of his driver had cracked.

Calling over a rules official, Harrington was told that he “was not allowed to change it as it wasn’t cracked enough to be out of shape.” As a result, Harrington played the last eight holes with his cracked driver. What is impressive, is that he played them in three-under-par, ironically, birdieing the 11th hole in the process.

Harrington smiles after his third round

Harrington was all smiles after his third round 68.

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In a tweet following his third round, Harrington said “Another strange ruling today. I realized the face of my driver was cracked on the 11th tee. I was not allowed change it as it wasn’t cracked enough to be out of shape. Drove it well enough for last 8 holes. I’ve got a replacement head ready to go. #ADGolfChamps @DPWorldTour”

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