Harrington wins Deutsche Bank event

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Padraig Harrington beat fellow Ryder Cup player Thomas Bjorn on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Deutsche Bank-SAP.

Alveslohe, Germany: Padraig Harrington beat fellow Ryder Cup player Thomas Bjorn on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Deutsche Bank-SAP, an event where defending champion Tiger Woods' putting took him out of contention. The Irishman took his seventh career title by dropping in a 5-foot putt for par in pouring rain, just minutes after his clutch 12-footer on the final shot of regulation forced the playoff. Both players finished regulation at 19-under-par 269, with Harrington shooting a 68 and Bjorn a 63. "I was satisfied, maybe, more than jubilant," Harrington said. "I walked away thinking to myself, I've proved it to myself". The Irishman, who passed Ernie Els as Europe's top money-earner, had a reputation for being unable to close out a tournament. He has 19 second-place finishes to his credit, including last week's Benson & Hedges. Tiger Woods ended up nine strokes back, tied for 29th, with a final day 4-under 68 and 10-under 278 after a frustrating week in which the putts failed to drop for the world's top golfer. (AP)
Topics : Golf
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