Walker Cup remembered
Saturday, August 15, 2009
CHASKA, Minn. – Somewhere in Dublin, Jody Fanagan is smiling. His loyal friend and former golf comrade, Padraig Harrington gave him some love at a major championship before an international media.
When asked his memories of the 1995 Walker Cup when he and Fanagan beat Woods and John Harris in foursomes, Harrington flashed a warm smile. But he especially liked the reference of Fanagan as “the mortician.”
“My friend would not be happy with being called ‘the mortician,’ ” Harrington said and some Irish colleagues explained why. It seems Fanagan owns one of the largest funeral homes in Dublin and it is considered more dignified to call him an “undertaker” as opposed to “mortician.”
But all that aside, Harrington got a kick out of the suggestion that that amateur team match from 14 years ago has a bearing on how things might go in the final round of the PGA Championship.
“It’s a new game. It’s a new game tomorrow. I don’t think that’s going to be playing in his mind, anyway.”