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Getting a history lesson from Padraig Harrington is a humbling experience

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I’m sorry, but this story has to be brought up. If you haven’t heard the story about Paddy Harrington and the history lesson he gave to a reporter at the WGC CA Championship at Doral, then listen up, because it’s a doozy.

Harrington was in the press tent yesterday, fielding softball questions and whacking them out of the park, when he suddenly got a spitball question that turned his world upside down.

No, we’re not talking about one of those Super Bowl, ‘will you marry me?’ questions. This one had to do with a certain reporter not knowing the difference between Ireland and the UK. Let that one simmer for a second.

Here’s the question the reporter threw at him: “If you should win here, would that be a triumph for Ireland or for the British people?”

Right, because Ireland and Britain are one-in-the-same. Yep, this guy — who I’m sure went to college and got a job working for a publication because of said degree — had the balls to ask that question. On a side note: I’m currently asking some of my colleagues at the tournament to give me the name of the reporter. I’ll let you know how this ends up.

But I digress. So what did Harrington have to say in response to said reporter? Well I’ll let the all-knowing Shane Bacon at Devil Ball finish it off.

The usually passive Harrington didn’t take too kindly to the ignorance, and responded with this:

“You know, obviously if you’re — by asking that question, you haven’t shown very much insight into anything, so I’ll let you go do the homework on it. That would be like if a Canadian won here, would it be a triumph for the Americans or the Canadians? If a South American won here, would it be a triumph — it would be the same thing. I’m not from Britain. I’m Irish. I think you want to talk that to maybe one of the guys from Northern Ireland. I’m from the other side of the Republic: Green, white and orange.”

Ouch! I’d imagine the reporter will be doing his homework before he ventures inside the press tent at another tour event.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/11/2010 at 10:15 pm

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