Cancer Scare For Harrington
By Torleif Sorenson on 2/21/14
Pádraig Harrington, the Dublin native and fan favorite who has won two Open Championships and a PGA, has revealed that he recently underwent treatment for skin cancer. Harrington revealed his condition earlier today on Ireland's Today FM radio.

Cancer is scary enough for people, but for Harrington, it had to be worse, since he lost his father, retired Gaelic football star Paddy Harrington, to esophageal cancer in 2005. Harrington has been involved with a fundraising effort known as Lollipop Day, in part to honor his father.

Harrington faced the problem head-on:
"I've had a number of skin cancers removed from my face. When you get a symptom, don't ignore it. Do something about it.

"My father had symptoms, but didn't do anything about it. It's the nature of men in Ireland, and certainly older men. If I get a pain, I go and get it checked out. It's a little bit of a hardship (going to the doctor), but you will feel much better afterwards."
As of today, the popular Irishman and six-time Ryder Cup player is still in the field for next week's Honda Classic in Florida; he won the 2005 edition of that event in a playoff. That was also his first PGA Tour victory and tenth as a professional.

We at oobgolf hope that "Páidí" is in the field for many, many more tournaments over the next several decades.


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