Watch Padraig Harrington break an eight-year winless drought on the European Tour with a clutch up and down
Just three weeks removed from being a vice captain at the Ryder Cup, Padraig Harrington proved he still has plenty of game himself. Harrington, 45, got up-and-down for par on Sunday's final hole to cap a bogey-free 65 and win the Portugal Masters. Check out his clutch finish:
Incredibly, it was Harrington's first European Tour title since claiming back-to-back majors at the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship. The three-time major champ, who entered the week as an 80-to-1 long shot, was also a surprise winner at the 2015 Honda Classic on the PGA Tour.
For the week, Harrington got up and down an amazing 24 of 25 times. That included this holed bunker shot on the 11th hole during Sunday's final round:
Paddy's closing par gave him a one-shot win over Andy Sullivan, one of the players Harrington oversaw at Hazeltine in Europe's loss to the U.S. And his victory has him thinking about a different Masters in 2017. Although now that he's qualified for the season-ending Race to Dubai by vaulting to 43rd on the points list, he needs to re-examine if he'll play in some fall PGA Tour events.
"I’m going to take a strong look at that (my schedule) because probably the biggest priority for me now is to figure a way out to qualify for the Masters," Harrington told reporters in Portugal. "I’ll have a look to see how I sit -- if I play the last three to move up in the Order of Merit or if I would be better off going at world ranking points."
In the meantime, Harrington is now back in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking, and it's time to celebrate. Getting a bottle of bubbly with your own name on doesn't hurt.