Ten years after winning the Honda Classic for his first PGA Tour victory, Padraig Harrington took care of business again in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This time it took a 15-foot birdie putt to force a playoff and a little break from mother nature for Harrington to earn his first tour victory since 2008.
When the three-time Major-winner made the turn at the weather-delayed final round of the Honda Classic he trailed by four strokes, but his caddie Ronan Flood provided the encouragement the Irishman needed.
“He said, ‘Look, would you have taken this on Thursday?’ And I said, ‘Yes, that’s what you want,’ ” Harrington said. “You want to be in contention with nine holes to go, because anything can happen coming down the stretch. And it did.”
Harrington drilled four straight birdies to take the lead, but gave it back when his ball went swimming following his five-iron tee shot on the Par-3 17th. Harrington made double-bogey before forcing the playoff with rookie Daniel Berger.
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Harrington took his 5-iron out again during the playoff and stuck it to within five feet on the 17th, making birdie while Berger went into the water and made double-bogey. With the victory, Harrington qualifies for The Masters next month.