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Harrington is European Tour player of year

December 09, 2008 17:11 IST

Triple major winner Padraig Harrington has been named the European Tour player of the year for the second year in succession.

"When you look at the names of the people who have won the European Tour golfer of the year over the past 23 seasons it certainly shows the standing of the award in the world of golf," the 37-year-old Irishman said in a statement.

After staging a successful defence of his British Open title in July, Harrington went on to become the first European to win the U.S. PGA Championship since Tommy Armour in 1930.

The world number four was the fourth player after Walter Hagen (1924), Nick Price (1994) and Tiger Woods (2000 and 2006) to land the British Open and U.S. PGA Championship back-to-back.

Harrington joins Germany's Bernhard Langer and Britain's Lee Westwood as double winners of the player of the year award, first presented in 1985.

Colin Montgomerie has four wins, with Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els and Nick Faldo on three.

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