R&A Working for Golf Ambassador Padraig Harrington wins in Bermuda
Padraig Harrington is celebrating his first victory in two years after winning the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Southampton, Bermuda.
The two-time Open Champion followed on from his fellow R&A Working for Golf Ambassador Suzann Pettersen, who won in Korea at the weekend, to claim victory in the competition which normally brings together the year’s four Major champions. Harrington was called in as a replacement for Open Champion Ernie Els, who withdrew with an injury. USPGA Champion Rory McIlroy also withdrew due to a scheduling clash and was replaced by last year’s champion Keegan Bradley.
The popular Irishman posted rounds of 66 and 67 to edge out US Open champion Webb Simpson by one shot. Masters champion Bubba Watson and Bradley were five shots further back.
It was Harrington’s third attempt at winning the trophy after losing out in play-offs to Angel Cabrera in 2007 and Jim Furyk in 2008 and he becomes only the second European winner after Ian Woosnam. "It was unfinished business for me, having lost in two play-offs, so it was nice to come back and win it now," he told the media.
Harrington and Pettersen are The R&A’s Working for Golf Ambassadors. They promote the work of The R&A which invests more than £10 million each year in developing golf around the world.