Padraig Harrington Agrees to Crazy Tattoo Deal if Team Europe Retains Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

Published 09/22/2021, 12:59 PM EDT
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 21, 2021 Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington speaks with Team Europe’s Lee Westwood on the 10th tee during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


The 2020 Ryder Cup will be a chance for Team Europe to defend their 2018 title from Paris. Since Europe’s inclusion in 1979, they have won 11 times, while team USA has won eight times. If Padraig Harrington and his team do win this year, they will be retaining the title for the second time.

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Despite various predictions and speculations, the actual results can be just as unpredictable as any other golf event. However, that has not stopped Harrington from making his own bet. Let’s take a look at what exactly the European captain plans to do if his team wins.

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Will Padraig Harrington be getting a tattoo by the end of this Ryder Cup?

According to recent reports, Harrington will be getting a tattoo for himself if the team Europe wins the 2020 Ryder Cup. This is similar to what the 2018 European Team captain Thomas Bjorn did. After their team’s win over the U.S. in Paris at Le Golf National, he went and got a tattoo of the scoreline.

Europe had beat the US with a 17.5-10.5 score – which he got tattoed. The team’s account had posted a video of Bjorn getting the tattoo. In a way, it has become a tradition of sorts, and Harrington himself agreed to it. Now, if the European team wins, the captain will get a tattoo to celebrate it.

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 21, 2021 Team Europe’s Ian Poulter and Team Europe’s Paul Casey walk to the 10th tee during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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

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He himself called it an ‘unwritten rule’, adding that it did come up in conversation. “Maybe they didn’t ask. Maybe I offered and they felt that was enough”. 

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As per Harrington, it is a given in Europe that the captain will get a tattoo if they win. That being said, the 50-year-old Irishman will be getting his first tattoo and thinks it will be a completely new experience for him. He also does not know where he will be getting it, and does not want to go down that route again. “Depends how long it is”. 

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The Ryder Cup will be starting on Friday, September 24.

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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