Harrington enjoys first PGA Tour season
Portland-bred golfer Scott Harrington, a 39-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour, is feeling quite comfortable.
Approaching $1 million in earnings in 23 tournaments in his first full season, Harrington doesn't feel overwhelmed or intimidated. It's just golf, albeit at the highest level in the world.
"If I would have gotten my (PGA) Tour card at 24 years old, there'd be more of the awestruck (feeling), maybe a little discomfort, and (I'd) be overwhelmed by things," said Harrington, who's coming off a solid outing at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio (tied for 40th). "I'm 39 years old and pretty comfortable with who I am and my golf game. I know I stack up well. I feel like I belong.
"The golf courses ... that's where the growing pains are out here. Knowing the golf courses is a big part of people playing well. When you're a rookie you haven't been to these tournaments. You play them once or twice before teeing up on Thursday, and they're typically more difficult courses than on the Korn Ferry Tour. You need more knowledge. Need to rely on your caddie."
As the Korn Ferry Tour's WinCo Foods Portland Open nears, Aug. 6-9 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, it's a time of great memories and reflection for Harrington, who prepped at Jesuit High. Needing to finish third (in his estimation) in the tournament last year to secure his PGA Tour card, Harrington finished second and reached the upper echelon of golf. Family and friends, including wife Jenn, watched him finish the tournament.
It was an emotional day, as Harrington had taken some time off from golf the year before to help his wife through cancer treatment.
He reports that not only has his PGA Tour rookie season gone well, but his wife has been healthy and living and working in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the Harringtons live. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many people, it's not safe for Jenn to travel with him.
Before the Memorial, Harrington had missed the cut in eight of the previous 10 tournaments.
"Things are trending up," he said. "I felt the past few weeks that I've had some good golf coming. I'm building on something and not searching as much."
After securing his PGA Tour card, Harrington's season started well. He shot 8-under and finished tied for 24th in his first tournament, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia), and two events later tied for 23rd at 8-under at the Safeway Open in Napa, California. Then, he had his best finish, second, losing to fellow Korn Ferry Tour alum Lanto Griffin, at the Houston Open on Oct. 13. He pocketed $670,000.
He has a solid ranking in the FedEx Cup standings. Barring a complete collapse, he has solidified his PGA Tour card moving forward, thanks in large part to the Houston result.
"It took a lot of pressure off," Harrington said. "I proved a lot to myself."
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