Padraig Harrington has unveiled a new bunker on Prince’s famous Himalayas course at Sandwich named in memory of another Wilson Staff player, the legendary Gene Sarazen, who won the 1932 Open Championship on the course with the help of a club he invented especially for the event – the modern sand wedge.
The original hickory-shafted club used by Sarazen to win his only Open title was held by Harrington in the bunker in front of club members, Club Captain Paul Last, Director of Golf Robert McGuirk and staff who built the sand trap, including Head Green Keeper Nick Chidwick and project manager Sean McLean.
The new ‘Sarazen‘ bunker is located on the left edge of the 9th green and covers a bunker played by Sarazen on his way to a five-shot win over fellow American Macdonald Smith nearly 80 years ago. From that day, the Gene Sarazen Sand Iron was born and, as the R-90, became one of Wilson’s best-selling golf clubs.
Sarazen captured six more Majors with his Wilson Staff irons – one of only five players to have won all four Majors – and enjoyed the longest running endorsement in professional sport with Wilson Golf covering 75 years.
Harrington, recognised as one of the world’s best short game players, has been a leading contributor to the R&D behind the latest Wilson Staff clubs including his own FG Tour wedges.