Harrington wins TimberTech Championship

Harrington wins TimberTech Championship

Pádraig Harrington scored a seven-under 64 to claim a seven-shot win in the TimberTech Championship, making his sixth PGA Tour Champions victory in Florida this weekend. 

The 52-year-old held a slim one-stroke lead over the experienced Bernhard Langer (66) at nine-under but pulled away with two consecutive birdies at the beginning and added four more in a row from the fourth hole. 

Despite Langer's birdie on the ninth hole and Harrington's bogey, narrowing the gap to two shots, Harrington capped off a remarkable day with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, bringing his total number of birdies to nine. This victory marked his second win of the season, as he concluded the tournament at 16-under. 

Speaking about the win, the Dubliner said, "I made plenty of birdies, but I struggled in the middle of the round every day, so it was nice to get that start. 

"I tried to keep riding it, to be honest, and on number eight, I nearly holed for birdie to go seven under, and I was working out in my head, 'This is par 71, you only need to make 12, and that would be a 59.’ How hard is it to shoot 59, right? I just hit a wall then.” 

Harrington also commented on the Golf Channel broadcast, saying, "It was important to win from being in front. I think as players, we like to keep the idea that if we get a lead, we can handle the pressure, so it was very important for me." 

The TimberTech Championship was the second of three legs of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. While Steve Stricker has already clinched the season-long title, Harrington moved from ninth to third place in the standings heading into next week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship.