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Padraig Harrington out of top 200 for first time since 1996
Padraig Harrington has fallen foul of the Official World Golf Rankings to find himself outside of the top 200 for the first time since 1996, ending an impressive string of 938 straight weeks.
If that doesn’t sound amazing to you (and it should) then how about we put it in perspective: Tiger Woods, the world number one, has only been in the top 200 for 915 consecutive weeks. Sure, Tiger will undoubtedly surpass Harrington’s run eventually, but it’s still a fine achievement as it stands today.
Phil Mickelson, however, surpasses both players having been in the top 200 for 1,133 straight weeks.
The Dubliner, 42, is now 206th in the latest world rankings, which brings to an end his excellent run. For 17 years, 11 months and 22 days, he has been among the top 200 players in the world – sparking the run after coming through a 36-hole final day at Madrid's Club de Campo to win his maiden title by four strokes from Gordon Brand Jnr.
Harrington isn’t looking likely to be putting his feet up just yet, of course, so there’s time for the veteran to reclaim his place in the top 200.
Padraig Harrington uses Titleist’s Pro V1x and Pro V1 golf balls and wears Titleist’s amazing Tour Touch Gloves when he’s on the golfing greens. Harrington has been playing with Wilson clubs since 1998 and currently uses Wilson Staff FG Tour and Wilson Staff fairway woods. He carries a Wilson Staff Bag and uses their umbrella and head covers.