BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Padraig Harrington rallied
from three shots behind Sunday to win the PGA Championship, closing
with a 4-under 66 at Oakland Hills to become only the fourth player
to win the British Open and PGA in the same year.
If the winner was familiar, so was the finish.
Harrington shot a 32 on the back nine, just as he did at Royal
Birkdale last month, and he came up with three big putts down the
stretch. He made a 12-foot par on the 16th to catch Sergio Garcia
and Ben Curtis, took the lead with an 8-foot birdie on the par-3
17th, then closed out the Spaniard with an 18-foot par for a
"I think I was willing them into the hole at that stage,"
Harrington said. "You have to get focused and give it a go."
The Irishman ended Europe's 78-year drought in the PGA
Championship, and he joined Tiger Woods, Nick Price and Walter
Hagen as the only players to win the final two majors in the same
Garcia was poised to finally prove he could win a major, leading
by one shot in the middle of the 16th fairway. But he hit 6-iron
into the water and had to scramble for bogey, then missed a 4-foot
birdie putt on the 17th to fall one shot behind. His 6-foot par
putt didn't matter when Harrington rolled in his par putt to finish
at 3-under 277.
"I feel like I gave it my best," said Garcia, a runner-up in a
major for the third time.
Curtis lost a chance to validate his shocking victory in the
2003 British Open. He bogeyed two of the final four holes for a 71,
but came away with a big consolation. His tie for second was enough
to move him up to No. 7 in the U.S. standings and qualify for the
Harrington wasn't even in the picture Sunday morning when
players returned to Oakland Hills to resume the third round, some
of them playing 36 holes. He was 4 over after nine holes, then ran
off four straight birdies on the back nine for a 66 to get into
contention going into the final 18.
With another major at stake under gloomy skies, Harrington
And for the second straight year, Garcia suffered.
Harrington rallied from six shots behind last year to beat
Garcia in a playoff at Carnoustie. This time, he spotted the
Spaniard three shots when they made the turn and made four birdies
over the back nine.
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