Harrington finds humor in disqualification


2009 European Tour

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Padraig Harrington has made light of his disqualification from the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by showing a group of children at a golf clinic how to correctly mark your ball.

The Irishman, a three-time major winner, was disqualified Friday for signing an incorrect scorecard. He had failed to replace his ball after it had moved a fraction of an inch when he picked up his marker at the seventh green in Thursday’s opening round.

Having reviewed video replays of the incident, Harrington accepted his disqualification after acknowledging his ball had moved slightly as he was picking up his coin.

He joked Saturday in a statement that the kids “seemed to think marking your ball is all very easy, but obviously it isn’t.”