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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Padraig Harrington Keeps Irish Magic Going Wins PGA Grand Slam

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Padraig Harrington, Ireland's three-time major champion,wins PGA Grand Slam the event for the season’s major champions on his third try .

“I think we haven’t had a win in a long time and I’ve got to tell you, they don’t come around anywhere near as often as you believe they come around and when you win, you make sure you enjoy it. It was unfinished business for me, having lost in two playoffs. It was nice to come back and win it now. Yeah, it feels good. I haven’t won in a while, so you know, it’s nice. Winning is a habit and it’s nice to do it.”
The Irishman had been scheduled to play the BMW Masters in Shanghai this week. He became only the second European to win this event, joining Ian Woosnam in 1991. While Simpson lost ground after the turn and never caught up, despite a bogey-free 65 that left him one shot behind. Masters champion Bubba Watson, whose four birdies were offset by two bogey and a double bogey, had a 71. He tied for third with Keegan Bradley, who had a 67. Bradley replaced PGA champion Rory McIlroy, who is playing in Shanghai.
Webb Simpson said, “I had some good looks and played them even, and he played them 3 under,” Simpson said. “I had two putts I hit in a row that were a foot out. The ball is in the middle and you think it’s going to stay straight. Kind of gut-wrenching those two holes, to have those looks and thinking I’m making birdie.”
With Shane Lowry recently winning the Open in Portugal and Rory McIlroy repeating Graham McDowell's feat of winning the US Open, taking him to the World's Number  One Spots, Irish Golf is producing phenomenal results for a  country and island of its size.