Padraig Harrington wins the Honda Classic
Padraig Harrington won the Honda Classic after a play-off with America’s Daniel Berger today.
It was the two-time Open Champion’s first win on the PGA Tour since 2008 and his second at the Honda Classic after his win in 2005.
Harrington, who is a Working for Golf Ambassador for The R&A, holed a 16-foot birdie putt on the last hole of regulation play at PGA National to force a play-off with Berger in the event which had been delayed to Monday after play was washed out on Saturday.
“Hopefully this isn’t an isolated win. I think I’ve found that mental edge that I’ve been lacking in recent years.”
The Irishman won the event on the second play-off hole after Berger found water to cap a dramatic victory.
Speaking on television, a delighted Harrington said, “Hopefully this isn’t an isolated win. I hope not, I really do believe in myself. I think I’ve found that mental edge that I’ve been lacking in recent years. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with that going forward and be consistently contending.”
“The one good thing for me is that when I get in contention I can hit the shots. The problem for me has been when I’ve started the week and had middle-of-the-road shots, I’m not able to hit them. When I’ve got tough shots I can hit them.”
Harrington won The Open at Carnoustie in 2007 and retained the Claret Jug the following year at Royal Birkdale. He went on to win the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills that year. In December, he secured his first win for four years at the BRI Bank Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour.