Harrington wins big in Bermuda

Published Thursday, 25 October 2012
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Dubliner Padraig Harrington picked up a big win in Bermuda on Wednesday - but the same couldn't be said of the giant PGA Grand Slam of Golf trophy ...

Harrington wins big in Bermuda
Padraig Harrington after winning the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. (© Getty)

The 41-year-old was delighted by the return to form that saw him taste victory for the first time since his win in Malaysia two years ago.

But, on being presented with his prize, Harrington shied away from attempting to even lift it.

"The PGA trophy's 44lbs and this looks nearly as heavy, so we might leave it on the stand for the moment ..." he smiled.

He'd only taken part in the four-man event when Ernie Els pulled out due to an injury and Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods all turned down the chance.

Harrington's appearance was his third in the tournament, and it proved a case of third time lucky.

His rounds of 66 and 67 beat US Open champ Webb Simpson by one and both last year's winner Keegan Bradley and Masters champ Bubba Watson by six.

I do believe that I'm turning the corner into a peak. What those peaks are, we'll wait and see.

Padraig Harrington

"It's never easy leading a tournament," Harrington said.

"If one guy's chasing you, you're always aware. You're trying to focus on your own game, you've got one eye on him ...

"You don't want to wish anybody bad - you don't want to look at a guy and say: 'Hey, I hope he three-putts or something." That's only going to get in your own head.

"So you're trying not to watch somebody else play and you're trying to play good golf yourself, but it's difficult when you've got guys chasing you."

Harrington is now only the second European to win the title, after Ian Woosnam back in 1991. He'd previously lost out in play-offs against Angel Cabrera and Jim Furyk in 2007 and 2008.

The win is a welcome boost for the Irishman, who has dropped to 57th in the world rankings after a drought in European or PGA Tour success since 2008.

It also comes with a £375,000 prize fund - which was the reason Harrington got a little concerned to see wife Caroline giving an interview when he still had two holes to go.

"I wanted to tell her not to spend it yet," he joked, making Caroline and the rest of the crowd roar with laughter.

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