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Singh stung by Harrington

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2005

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Padraig Harrington shot a 9-under 63 to erase a seven-shot deficit in the final round, then won the Honda Classic when Vijay Singh missed a 2 1/2-foot putt to bogey the second playoff hole Sunday.

After Harrington made a 4-foot putt to par the second extra hole, Singh pushed his par try right and the ball rimmed out. Singh missed a 15-foot birdie try on the first playoff hole that would have given him the win.

Joe Ogilvie also made the playoff but was eliminated when he bogeyed the first extra hole, missing the fairway and needing four shots to reach the green.

Ranked eighth in the world, Harrington is believed to be the first player from the Republic of Ireland to win a PGA Tour event.

Harrington, who earned $990,000, birdied 10 of the first 13 holes in the final round and was in a four-way tie for the lead when he finished nearly 90 minutes ahead of the last group at 14-under 274.

Singh had a 64, and Ogilvie had a 68.

Pat Perez (70) finished a stroke out of the playoff.



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