Padraig Harrington Wins 1st Euro Title Since 2008

Padraig Harrington won an European Tour event for the first time since 2008, using a final-round 65 to take the Portugal Masters on Sunday to outpace Andy Sullivan.

It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for 10 years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal.

“I tried to be really aggressive. The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies. I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week.”

Harrington’s last win on the European Tour and on European soil came July 20 2008 when he won The Open Championship for a second straight year. He went on to win the PGA Championship three weeks later.

From there, he hit a dry spell that lasted until March 2, 2015, when he won The Honda Classic in a playoff. Harrington turned 45 years old at the end of August. The win on Sunday came 20 years, five months and six days after his first; he took the 1996 Peugeot Spanish Open.

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