Harrington returns to winning ways

Sun, 17 Oct 12:40:00 2010

Ireland's Padraig Harrington posted a final round three-under-par 69 to win the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia, his first title in two years.

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The three-times Major winner held a comfortable five-shot lead heading into the final day and was never threatened as he won by three shots.

Harrington's last title was the US PGA Championship in 2008.

"Two year's is a long time," Harrington said. "Especially when you're reminded most weeks you play.

"It's nice and very important for me to win. It's somewhat a monkey off your back. Winning is a habit. Every time you win, it is important but when you haven't won for a while it does add a bit more emphasis to it. It makes it all the more memorable.

"There's no doubt that it was my week to win. If you had followed me for the four days, I don’t think anyone would have questioned that my name was written on the trophy before the tournament started.

"I got the breaks all the way through. I hit some good shots and had a few breaks. Luck of the Irish? I'll accept that."

South Korea's Noh Seung-Yul finished second after an impressive final day 65 while Chinese Tapei's Lin Weng-Tan was another four shots back in third.

"I tried to follow Padraig," said 19-year-old Noh, who stretched his lead at the top of the Asian Order of Merit.

"I had a very good start but so did he. I saw him go into the water on the fifth hole. I thought maybe I could catch him a little but he was too good.

"Thirteen stopped me. I was just aiming for second place after that. I missed a few birdies but finished good with three birdies on the last three holes."


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