Harrington promises to get a tattoo if Europe wins the Cup

John Craven

Captain Padraig Harrington (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Padraig Harrington has promised to follow in the inked up arse cheek of Thomas Bjorn and get himself a first tattoo should Europe claim victory at this week’s Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.

2018 winning Captain Bjorn went through with his promise to get a tattoo following Europe’s convincing seven point win over the USA at Le Golf National. A modern tradition, in golfing terms at least, now Harrington admits he’d be only delighted to follow suit should Europe win. In fact, he would happily do more!

“I am delighted that that’s all they ask for, but I’d have given up a lot more,” he smiled. “So yes, I will be getting a tattoo.


“If my team produce a winning week, I will be getting a tattoo to mark the occasion, and very comfortable that they only asked that much of me because I would have given more.”

Unsurprisingly, Europe’s Ryder Cup skipper has lived his life ink-free in the lead-up to Whistling Straits but it seems anyone putting their hand up to captain Team Europe from now on should prepare themselves to face the needle in future.

“I think it’s an unwritten rule, so it has come up, yes, in conversation. Maybe they didn’t ask. Maybe I offered and they felt that was enough,” Harrington explained, before his answer took a significant turn at the death…

“But definitely, yeah, it’s a given now in Europe. Captain has to get a tattoo. And I don’t have any other tattoos at this stage, so it would be a new experience for me. Where on the body? I don’t know. It depends — no, I can’t go that route. Depends how long it is.”

Bjorn had the 2018 winning score, 17½-10½, tattooed on his left arse cheek and although Harrington is still completely sold on the idea, his counterpart Steve Stricker wasn’t going to commit to any tattoo should America spoil the party.

“The problem is my girls, my wife and kids, have always asked me to get a tattoo and I’m like, I’m not putting any decals on my body kind of thing,” Stricker said.

“The players gave me an idea what I could put on there. I told them where I was going to put it; it was going to go right on my cheek (backside). We’ll see what brings about that, but we may have a tattoo artist guy come in on Sunday night. One way or another, it may happen.”

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