Padraig Harrington wins Honda Classic

The world number 297 wins on the PGA Tour for first time since the 2008 USPGA

Harrington The Honda Classic - Final Round
Padraig Harrington poses with the trophy after winning The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on March 2, 2015. Credit: Getty Images)
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Padraig Harrington won the Honda Classic on the second extra hole

Padraig Harrington returned to a scene of a recent calamity to take victory in the Honda Classic.

Harrington, having birdied 11, 12 , 13 and 14, had stood on the 17th tee in the final round with victory within sight.

But on this par-3 over water Harrington’s shot splashed down having been hit short and right. He walked off the green with a 5.

This left Harrington needing to birdie the final hole, a par 5, to tie Daniel Berger. Berger had earlier shot a 64. Harrington was on the green in 3, and then knocked a medium-length putt in for birdie.

The play-off started at the 18th. Berger had never won on tour; Harrington is a three-time Major winner, but one now ranked 297th in the world.

Both players made par on the 73rd hole. Then they went to the 17th, where Harrington played first and hit his shot almost stiff.

Berger dropped his tee shot short into the water and eventually carded a 5. Harrington had three putts to win, and a sloppy putt meant he need to two of them, but it didn’t matter, despite the oohs of the crowd when he missed.

And 119 starts after his last win, in the 2008 USPGA title, the 43-year-old had scored another victory, the 15th of his career. His last three victories prior to this had all been in Majors.

In the top six on the scoreboard was an Irishman, two Englishmen, a Scot and a Welshman.

One of these Englishmen, Ian Poulter, had gone into the final round as leader, and was leading by two shots at the turn in the final round.

But in the 11th he found water and made double bogey.

Then on the 14th he had to take a drop when his tee shot found water. His next shot bounced off a palm tree and ended back in the lake. His next shot ended in a bunker and he made a triple bogey.

In all Poulter found the water five times in his final round 74. He still awaits his first strokeplay tournament victory in the United States.

2015 Honda Classic Feb 26 - Mar 2 - Purse: US$6,100,000 PGA National Resort & Spa - The Champion Course - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States

1 Padraig Harrington   67 66 71 70 274

2 Daniel Berger           68 71 71 64 274

T3 Paul Casey               69 70 68 68 275

T3 Russell Knox            69 68 70 68 275

T3 Ian Poulter            71 64 66 74 275

6 Jamie Donaldson     68 71 71 66 276

T7 Jeff Overton           71 68 69 69 277

T7 Jim Herman            65 72 71 69 277

T7 Luke Donald          69 67 74 67 277

T7 Patrick Reed 67 67 70 73 277


Roderick Easdale

Contributing Writer Roderick is the author of the critically acclaimed comic golf novel, Summer At Tangents. Golf courses and travel are Roderick’s particular interests. He writes travel articles and general features for the magazine, travel supplement and website. He also compiles the magazine's crossword. He is a member of Trevose Golf & Country Club and has played golf in around two dozen countries. Cricket is his other main sporting love. He is also the author of five non-fiction books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG Wodehouse; The Don: Beyond Boundaries; Wally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder.