Honda Classic 2016: Phil Mickelson biggest trash talker, according to defending champion Padraig Harrington

Although the competitors at this week’s Honda Classic aren’t allowed to bully each other on the links, defending champion Padraig Harrington knows who the biggest trash talker would be.

Phil Mickelson blasts out of a bunker during Tuesday's practice round. (AP)

Phil Mickelson  (AP)

“On the Tour, who is the best, if you’re allowed talk, you’d probably give it to Phil Mickelson,” Harrington said jokingly. “In terms of pure being able to give verbal out there in a friendly game. Obviously you (can’t) do that in a competitive game; Phil is pretty good at hustling and bustling his competitors.”

(Read more on the 2016 Honda Classic at PGA National here)

Harrington, a two-time Honda Classic champion, also joked about who young golfers idolize. Before Harrington addressed the media, U.S. Kids Gold and Honda honored 13-year-old Yae Eun Kim and 12-year-old Luke Clanton as the 2015 U.S. Kids Golf Players of the Year. Clanton mentioned Jason Day and Jordan Speith as his favorites, prompting a reporter to ask if Harrington’s “marketing efforts slacked off.”

“You’d want to be a little older than 12 to look up to me,” he said.

“I’m doing my own thing out there, getting on with it, and I’ll have plenty of my own fans, but generally, they are a little older.”