Padraig Harrington beat fellow Ryder Cup player Thomas Bjorn on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Deutsche Bank-SAP.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
Alveslohe, Germany:Padraig Harrington beat fellow Ryder Cup player Thomas Bjorn on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Deutsche Bank-SAP, an event where defending champion Tiger Woods' putting took him out of contention. The Irishman took his seventh career title by dropping in a 5-foot putt for par in pouring rain, just minutes after his clutch 12-footer on the final shot of regulation forced the playoff. Both players finished regulation at 19-under-par 269, with Harrington shooting a 68 and Bjorn a 63. "I was satisfied, maybe, more than jubilant," Harrington said. "I walked away thinking to myself, I've proved it to myself". The Irishman, who passed Ernie Els as Europe's top money-earner, had a reputation for being unable to close out a tournament. He has 19 second-place finishes to his credit, including last week's Benson & Hedges. Tiger Woods ended up nine strokes back, tied for 29th, with a final day 4-under 68 and 10-under 278 after a frustrating week in which the putts failed to drop for the world's top golfer. (AP)