‘300 dollars should cover it, wouldn’t it?’ Harrington hits fan and pays for dinner

Ronan MacNamara

Padraig Harrington (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)

The battle between Pádraig Harrington and Steve Stricker on Sunday at the Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship was dramatic to say the least, going down to a playoff.

But arguably the most memorable moment of the final round came on the 16th hole. If you’re going to take a golf ball to the head you might as well get something out of it, right?

Harrington’s tee shot went flying into the gallery and hit an unfortunate spectator on the head. However, perhaps said spectator leaped like a salmon, like prime Peter Crouch because the three-time major winner’s ball ended up in position A on the fairway.


Usually the token gesture is for the player to sign a glove, offer an apology, a handshake and move on.

This time around the spectator in question got a lot more than a signed glove as Harrington reached into his bulging wallet and forked out a handful of dollar bills, gifting the stricken fan $300.

“I bought him a dinner,” Harrington said. “He nutted my ball back to the fairway. So, yeah, like, you give him a glove, but it never really seems adequate to give a guy a glove. He’s a grown man, like what’s he want with a glove with my signature?

“So I thought – he said his wife was inside – but, please take your wife out for dinner on me was the sort of thing. I don’t know, I hope I gave him enough for dinner. (Laughing.) 300 dollars should cover it, wouldn’t it?”


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