A triumph for Ireland or Britain?

DORAL, Fla. – Padraig Harrington came here this week to take on the challenge of a World Golf Championship.

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Padraig Harrington waves the Irish flag after winning the 2007 British Open.

Turns out he also had to play school teacher, too, offering some basic geography to an inquisitive gentleman during a press conference. It started when the man asked Harrington if a victory at the CA Championship would be a “triumph for Ireland or for the British people?”

Yes, there were cringes all around, and a blank stare by Harrington. Slowly, but effectively, Harrington got his point across.

“By asking that question, you haven’t shown very much insight into anything,” Harrington said. “So, I’ll let you go do the homework on it.”

The Irishman explained further to the gentleman.

“That would be like if a Canadian won here, would it be a triumph for the Americans or the Canadians? I’m not from Britain. I’m Irish. I think you want to take that to maybe one of the guys from Northern Ireland. I’m from the other side of the Republic - green, white, and orange.”

And with that, hopefully the man had learned a thing or two about the countries that make up Great Britain.

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