Padraig Harrington Wins Monday Finish in a Playoff

Padraig Harrington defeated Daniel Berger on the second playoff hole of the Honda Classic to end what was already a wild Monday finish. Padraig, at 43 years old, is now the oldest winner of the Honda Classic.

After both players made par on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, they moved to the par-3 17th.  Berger birdied the 17th earlier and Harrington made double-bogey after dunking his ball in water.  Advantage Berger right?  Not so fast.

The 3-time major winner, Harrington, stepped up and stuck his tee shot to about 10 feet.  Berger followed by coming up short and rinsed one to hand the win to Padraig.

The reason for the Monday finish was due to the terrible rain weather that the players in the course go with for the first three days of play. Friday and Saturday rounds were almost complete washout leading to the leaders only being able to get about halfway through the final round on Sunday.

Daniel Berger, 21, was playing in just his 12th PGA Tour event.  He shot a tremendous final round score of 64 to post (-6) in the clubhouse about an hour or so ahead of the final group.  The hometown kid was sitting pretty having to sit and wait to see what the leaders would do.

What he watched was a leaderboard that seemingly was changing by the minute.  Nobody was grabbing control of the tournament.

Ian Poulter started the morning with the lead and a birdie to grab hold.  Then he started spraying his driver and a triple-bogey on the par-4 14th hole ended his chances of winning.

Patrick Reed, then seemed to be poised to grab the wheel and drive home to victory after birdie at 14.  Then he finished double-bogey, bogey, bogey, par to finish T7 and 3 shots back.

Only Harrington was able to persevere and survive the “Bear Trap” at Palm Beach Gardens.  Even the double-bogey on 17 didn’t faze him.  He followed it up with a must have birdie on the 72nd hole to force the playoff with Daniel Berger.

Now 297 is the favorite number on the PGA Tour.  That is what the Official World Golf Ranking of last week’s winner, James Hahn, was ranked  going into the Northern Trust Open.  Padraig Harrington was also ranked 297 at the start of this week.

Congratulations to Padraig Harrington!  It is good to see a player as like able as Paddy get back into the winner’s circle.

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