Padraig Harrington wins The European Tour Shot of the Year

The European Tour Shot of the Year 2008 has been won by Padraig Harrington for his stunning five-wood on 17 at this year’s Open Championship

Padraig Harrington

The European Tour Shot of the Year 2008 has been won by Padraig Harrington for his stunning 5-wood approach at the 17th on the final day of this year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

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Harrington’s 249-yard approach landed three feet from the pin and the eagle that followed helped the Dubliner to a four shot victory.

“On the 17th, I hit my five wood off the tee and hit it really solid,” said Harrington.

“It was good to hit the fairway. I had 220 yards to the front of the green and 249 yards to the pin. The five wood is my favourite club and I knew I could make birdie if I hit that club.

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“I was anxious that Greg could make eagle going down there, and if I laid up and I made par, all of a sudden it was very close.”

Graeme McDowell’s seven iron at the third hole of a play-off with Jeev Milkha Singh - which helped him claim the inaugural Ballantine’s Championship in Korea - came second, while Harrington also claimed third for his tee shot to eight feet for a birdie two at the penultimate hole of the US PGA Championship.

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