HARRINGTON ADDS MAJOR PRESENCE TO GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL

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Triple Major champion Padraig Harrington has added his name to a professional field for this month’s Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola that now has a combined 13 Majors and 258 tournament victories worldwide.

The 20-23 November tournament, the final leg in the global Gary Player Invitational series to be played at The Lost City Golf Club at Sun City, will see Grand Slam champion Gary Player lead a field of top professionals alongside an array of celebrities and business leaders in Africa’s premier charity golf tournament.

South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs has also confirmed his place amongst the former sports greats and celebrities taking part, and joins Spanish model and actress Inés Sastre, and actress Vanessa Haywood. As part of the spirit of this Union of Golf and Giving, they will all be seeking to help add to the over R600 million the GPI series has already raised for various charities supported by The Player Foundation.

Harrington, winner of the 2007 and 2008 Open Championship and 2008 PGA Championship, joins 1991 Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, European Tour campaigners Ignacio Garrido, Robert Rock and Thomas Levet, and Ladies European Tour professionals Carly Booth and Amy Boulden in the professional field.

“We have been privileged to have had such incredible support from professional golfers over the years, and this year is no exception. It is really going to be a treat for our celebrities and business leaders to play alongside Major champions and multiple tournament winners,” said golf icon Gary Player.

Harrington’s place in the tournament is certainly timely as the former European Tour Order of Merit winner, European Tour Golfer of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year seeks to draw from the inspirational Player as he attempts to work his way back up the world rankings.

“I’ve got to get inside the top 15 in the world to make the Olympics in 2016. That’s the big goal. I really feel good about my game, so I believe I can do it. I’m in a good frame of mind. What you’ve done in the past doesn’t make much difference to the future. You need to be working on things in the present. I’m quite excited about my mental game at the moment,” said Harrington, the vice-captain for the European team in the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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