Did Harrington turn down $10 million a year?
If a golfer turns down $10 million a year, is that a sign that there's so much money in the game that its no longer a motivator? Or is it cause for celebration that there is at least one pro for whom money isn't everything?
We could ask Padraig Harrington, but he's not really talking about it.
Last week the three-time major winner signed a new contract with Wilson Golf that is reportedly worth $10 million over three years. He has been with Wilson since 1998, and used the company's gear to win three of the last six majors. But according to the Irish Independent newspaper, the Dubliner may have chosen loyalty over riches, turning down two offers worth substantially more.
Rumors circulating on the European Tour and reported in the Irish press suggest that Nike offered Harrington $10 million a year to don the swoosh, and that Callaway tabled an offer in the region of $8 million a year.
Not surprisingly, Harrington isn't revealing specifics on deals that never happened. "Thankfully I am in the great position that I can be very much focused on titles first, with Majors being right on top of that, followed by the world ranking," he said this week at a press conference in Valderrama, Spain, where the Euro Tour's season-ending event takes place this week. "Throughout my career I have been motivated by going out there and winning. Achieve that and the financial stuff follows."