Hoisting tips from Harrington

AKRON, Ohio–Padraig Harrington knows a few things about trophies because, well, he has spent much of his life winning them. So as an expect on such hardware, he knows the Wannamaker Trophy, which he received for winning the 2008 PGA Championship, weighs about the same as a child age 4 or 5.

Harrington, first-round leader of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, was told the trophy weighs 44 pounds. He believes that, sort of. At times it feels heavier. After all, he figures, one has a better grip when lifting a dumbbell of similar weight.

“I have a replica that’s like 90 percent and everybody picks it up and says how heavy it is and I say, ‘It’s not as heavy as the real thing.’ Holding it for 10 minutes for pictures–every time I switch sides, people thinking you’re switching sides because you’re showing your sponsor. But no, I’m resting.”

So not only is winning a major difficult. Hoisting the trophy can be.

“I was genuinely shocked by the weight when I picked it up,” the winner of three of six majors in 2007-08 said.

The trophy has weighed more, actually. That was when Harrington put his young son, 10 months old at the time, into it for a photo opportunity.

“He’s actually in the trophy,” Harrington said.

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