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Padraig Harrington steps into 'The Number One Shoe In Golf'

Triple major champion Padraig Harrington has dropped his endorsement of Hi-Tech golf shoes to enter into a multi-year agreement with Footjoy.

Coming off his landmark 2008 season, in which he captured two Major championships, was named PGA Tour Player of the Year and European Tour Golfer of the Year, Harrington will add another 'number one' to his resume when he laces up the 'Number One Shoe in Golf' in 2009.

Harrington will wear the new SYNR-G shoe, which made its debut on January 1. A perfect combination of comfort and stability, SYNR-G is engineered for players such as Harrington who possess higher swing speeds and demand additional support and motion control in their golf shoes.

He will feature in new FootJoy television advertisements as well as print and online creative throughout the year.

Harrington said: "FootJoy is a brand that just about every young golfer is brought up wearing, and I was no different.

"The belief should be that you are using the very best shoes available, which will give you an edge over the field. The new SYNR-G shoes from FootJoy are fantastic. They support the foot well throughout the golf swing, which is so important to hitting solid, powerful shots."

Long considered one of Europe's most talented and popular athletes, Harrington has enjoyed a steady ascension up the world golf rankings to his current position as the number four ranked player.

His climb to elite player status escalated rapidly after he captured the Volvo Order of Merit as the top player in Europe in 2006. He validated that title by winning his native country's championship at the 2007 Irish Open and then capturing his first Major weeks later at the 2007 British Open at Carnoustie.

Harrington's progress accelerated in 2008, winning two Majors. He first defended his crown at the British Open at Royal Birkdale in July and then won the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club just weeks later.

Throughout his career, Harrington has amassed 16 international victories, five PGA Tour victories, three Major championships and been selected to five European Ryder Cup teams.

"We are thrilled to welcome Padraig Harrington to Team FJ," said Rob Kelley, Director of Brand Marketing for FootJoy. "Padraig not only brings an unparalleled record of worldwide success but also an intimate knowledge of the research and technology behind footwear development."

January 5, 2009


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