3, proud sponsors of The 3 Irish Open, today announced sponsorship of three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington, with the 3 logo appearing on his shirt collar. Padraig Harrington will sport the 3 collar sponsorship for the duration of the 2009 Open Championship in Turnberry later this week and the Bridgestone PGA Invitational in Ohio from 4th August – 9th August 2009. The sponsorship follows 3’s previous support of Padraig as winner of the US PGA Championship and 3’s title sponsorship of the Irish Open earlier this year.

3 is delighted to be associated with Padraig Harrington’s bid to win The Open Championship for the third year running, something not achieved in any of the four Majors since Peter Thomson in 1956. Padraig will partner former Major winners Jim Fury and Geoff Ogilvy in the first two rounds of The Open Championship and goes into it having won a third consecutive Irish PGA Championship over the weekend.

Robert Finnegan, CEO of 3 said “We are proud to strengthen our association with Irish golf by supporting one of the country’s finest players, and a world-class sportsman, Padraig Harrington. Our sponsorship of Padraig for these upcoming tournaments builds on 3’s strategic involvement with Irish golf and we wish Padraig every success.”

Padraig Harrington said “I am proud to represent 3 and hope that I can repeat the result obtained when I last carried the 3 brand at the 2008 USPGA Championship”

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