Padraig Harrington wins the Honda Classic

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Padraig Harrington won his first trophy after seven long years as he won the rain delayed Honda Classic.

The Irishman has been out of sorts since he last picked up a trophy which was the PGA Championship all the way back in 2008.

Harrington came into the weekend ranked just 297 in the world but ended the weekend inside the top 100.

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The 43 year old looked to have blown another chance of winning after falling four strokes behind leader Ian Poulter on the final day.

As Poulter capitulated Harrington used all that vast experience he has gained over the years to keep his nerve and force a playoff.

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Harrington putted his 15 foot birdie on the 18th hole down to practising on the putting green late into the night.

‘I practised my putting last night until about 7 o'clock, in the dark’ he said after winning in the second playoff hole.

It takes a player with strong mental strength not to buckle under pressure in a playoff having double bogeyed the same hole during regulation play.

Nerves of steel

But, Harrington kept his nerve and nailed his tee shot to within four feet of the cup instantly putting the pressure onto his opponent’s shoulders.

Daniel Berger was his opponent and the young 21 year old found the water with his tee shot as he failed to match Harrington’s shot.

The Irishman made no mistake in finishing up as he knocked the ball in for a birdie and claimed victory.

‘One thing you learn is you don't win as often as you think, so when you win, make sure you enjoy it.’ Were the wise words that Harrington said after finally being a winner again.

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