Padraig Harrington: My 10 Favorite Courses

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Three-time major champ Padraig Harrington gave his opinion on some of the top courses in our 2013 Top 100 rankings and described what makes them special. Augusta National (No. 3 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "Simply the most challenging golf course in the game of golf." More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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St. Andrews (No. 4 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "The true golfing experience that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the game." More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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Royal Portrush (No. 15 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "A spectacular links golf course that gives you an opportunity to score as well as punishing you for being wayward."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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Portmarnock (No. 54 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "Probably the fairest links golf course in the world. A nice 'big' challenge with relatively flat fairways and greens, which is unusual for a links golf course."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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Oakland Hills (No. 35 on Top 100 Courses in the World: "A personal favorite of mine due my success in the 2004 Ryder Cup and the 2008 PGA Championship, but again a tough challenge that's roundly respected."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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European Club (No. 86 on Top 100 Courses in the World: "A great new edition to links golf, which provided the ideal preparation in advance of my Open Championship wins of 2007 and 2008."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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Carnoustie (No. 23 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "The venue for my Open Championship win in 2007 and arguably the toughest challenge on the Open Championship rota and in links golf. A course to always be respected."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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Royal Birkdale (No. 31 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "A personal favorite of mine and the scene of my 2008 Open Championship victory. Widely respected by pros as providing a truly fair challenge."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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Ballybunion (No. 17 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "Truly enjoyable with all the quirks that links golf provides."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
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Waterville (No. 76 on Top 100 Courses in the World): "What a challenge! A big strong tough links golf course where you feel at the edge of the world as you are out there on the South West coast of Ireland."More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1