Delighted to now be counted amongst the membership of the Club, Els commented, “This is a great honour and I’m very grateful to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
“My whole career I have always had the utmost respect for everything The R&A does, administering the rules and doing an incredible job supporting and promoting golf at every level around the world.
“The R&A runs some of our greatest championships, including The Open, and I’m proud to have been able to play a part in its celebrated history.
“To be given Honorary Membership is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
Ryder Cup Captain proud to be a member
Harrington is one of Europe’s most successful golfers, winning The Open on two occasions, at Carnoustie in 2007 and Royal Birkdale in 2008, and claiming the PGA Championship that same year.
The Irishman has notched up 31 wins as a professional and was the number one-ranked player on the European Tour in 2006.
He has represented Europe in six Ryder Cup matches, has been the vice-captain in three matches and is now captain of the European team for the 2021 match.
Harrington also enjoyed a successful amateur career, representing Great Britain and Ireland in three Walker Cup matches.
He became an ambassador for The R&A in 2011 and has helped to support and promote a wide range of participation, coaching and Rules education initiatives.