Harrington Takes First Title Since 2008

The last time Padraig Harrington won a big-time tournament, the world was his oyster. The year was 2008, the tournament was the PGA Championship, and it marked his third Major win in 13 months.

Things have changed dramatically since then, with Harrington falling as low as 385th in the world last December, but all that was erased in one amazing two-day period last weekend in Florida.

Despite missing a three-foot putt on his second playoff hole against Daniel Berger, Harrington won the Honda Classic for a second time on Monday, when the 21-year-old rookie double bogeyed the second hole.

Berger, a local product who fired a 64 in the final round, had a chance to win outright in the first playoff hole, but missed a 15-foot putt.

Harrington made a putt of similar length to force the playoff after he double bogeyed 17 with an approach shot into the drink. He was 3-over at the turn, but made four straight birdies between 11 and 14 to come alive.

Ian Poulter, mostly known for his Ferraris at this point in his career, was the early leader on Sunday, taking a three-stroke lead into the final 18.

He was 1-over at the turn, then doubled No. 11 and hit a triple-bogey 7 on No. 14 to take himself out of contention despite ending the round with back-to-back birdies.

 

 

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