Harrington beats Vijay Singh

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Padraig Harrington won his first USPGA tournament Sunday when Vijay Singh missed a short par putt on the second playoff hole in the Honda Classic.

Harrington beats Vijay Singh

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Padraig Harrington won his first USPGA tournament Sunday when Vijay Singh missed a short par putt on the second playoff hole in the Honda Classic. Brett Wetterich birdied the 7th hole to take the outright lead at 15-under par. Veteran tour player Pat Perez then sank a short birdie putt on the 10th hole that gave him a share of the lead at 15-under with Wetterich. Geoff Ogilvy gave the same result on the 10th hole, with a birdie that lifted him to a tie for the lead with Wetterich and Perez. Surging ahead Harrington was seven strokes behind the lead at the start of play Sunday. He birdied three of the first four holes. Despite strong winds, Harrington was able to place his approach on the 10th hole to within a few centimetres of the cup. He then made birdie on the 12th hole to lower his score to 14-under. Two holes later, Harrington was able to sink a lengthy birdie putt that lowered his score even further, to 15-under par for the tournament. Vijay Singh, the world's number two ranked golfer, made an eagle putt on the 6th hole, and got his score down to 10-under par. 'Shot of the day'Joe Ogilvie had perhaps the shot of the day with a chip over a bunker on the 17th hole that settled a few centimetres from the hole. He tapped in for birdie to tie for the lead with Singh and Harrington. The three went go to a playoff, but Ogilvie was eliminated on the first extra hole. Harrington then converted a medium length par putt. That put the pressure squarely on the broad shoulders of Singh. But the Fijian missed a shorter par putt than Harrington, allowing the Irishman to claim victory, his first ever on the PGA tour. Harrington erased a 7-shot deficit, the largest ever comeback in the final round of a Honda Classic. Harrington's 63 was also the lowest ever final round score in the tournament's history. He had an incredible 10 birdies in the first 13 holes as he threatened to break 60. (AP)



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