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Padraig Harrington secures big win in America

SportBy Kevin Palmer
Harrington is a winner again
Harrington is a winner again

Padraig Harrington produced a sensational play-off victory triumph against American youngster Daniel Berger to seal a dramatic victory in the Honda Classic.

Irishman Harrington had not won on the US Tour since the 2008 PGA Championship, but he was delighted to find his form at last to pick up a big win.

"When I get into contention, I know I can hit the shots," said Harrington. "I felt like a different person on the last nine holes and it is great to win.

"It is difficult when you are on the way back down from where I was a few years ago, but I want to be consistently attending from now on."

It seemed as if Harrington had blown his chance to win the title as he dumped his tee-shot in the water on the 17th green when he had the title in his hands, but a brilliant birdie putt on the 18th secure him a place in the play-off.

After both players parred the first play-off hole, a brilliant approach to the par three 17th from Harrington piled all the pressure on young Berger, who duly cracked as he put his tee-shot into the water.

It left Harrington with the comfort of three putts for a magnificent victory and while he missed his first, his victory was secure second later. 

The victory secured Harrington entry into the Masters at Augusta next month, with this win fuelling belief that he can add to his three major titles in the years to come.

Harrington went into this event as the world's 297th ranked player, but he will burst back into the top 100 once again now and can set his sights on rising up the golfing ladder all over again.