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Padraig Harrington is to help a motor accident victim by selling branding space on his golf clothing and equipment.

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington is to help a wheelchair-bound relative financially by selling branding space on his golf clothing and equipment.

Father of three Gerard Byrne, 35, a cousin of Harrington’s wife Caroline, was paralysed from the waist down and told he will never walk again after being involved in a motor accident last month.

“That is why I’ll never again want to complain again about golf,” Harrington said ahead of this week’s Honda Open in Florida.

“Gerard will need a lot of assistance in his life – a wheelchair-enabled car, renovations to his home and other things,” he told the Irish Times.

“My sponsors have agreed to allow me to offer all the branding on my clothing and bag to the highest bidder for three tournaments in March and April,” declared Harrington in referring to the Houston Open, US Masters and Heritage Classic.

The 40-year-old, who has dropped from third to 87th in the world rankings in the last three years, said he had already received some offers.

“We have a bid of 100,000 euros for the front of my cap and 50,000 euros for a space on my chest,” said Harrington, a veteran of six Ryder Cup contests.

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