Eagle-eyed Harrington banks Barclays Classic

PÁDRAIG Harrington landed a 60ft eagle putt on the final hole to claim the Barclays Classic in New York late last night.

The Dubliner and America’s Jim Furyk began the par-five 18th level on eight under for the tournament.

Furyk played a conventional route of two drives, a chip and a putt for birdie, but Harrington eclipsed that by getting on the green in two and then firing in his monster putt.

“I can't believe that,” said Harrington. “Obviously, I feel sorry for Jim, but I kept in there all day and just got the breaks at the end.”'

Harrington, who earlier this season posted his first PGA Tour victory at the Honda Classic, lost to Sergio Garcia in a three-way play-off here last year.

“Funny enough this putt broke, last year my putt stayed straight,” added Harrington. “This one broke and did everything it should have. It’s sweet redemption for last year.”

Harrington and Furyk began the final round level at the head of the leaderboard on nine under, but for much of the day it seemed like the American would pull clear.

A bogey at the second and a double bogey at the third saw Harrington slip back to six under while Furyk recovered from a bogey at the first to birdie the third and move three shots clear.

Harrington hit back with a birdie at the seventh and an eagle at the ninth, but successive bogeys at 11 and 12 again handed the initiative to Furyk.

The American had birdied the ninth and was still three ahead of his playing partner on the 14 tee.

However, Harrington birdied that hole and Furyk came back to him with bogeys on the 16th and 17th to set up the grandstand finish.

“Through the early bogeys I thought I was playing fine, but it was disappointing at 11 and 12 where I just got in the wrong spot,” said Harrington.

“This golf course is fantastic and you are under pressure all the time to get the ball in the right position on the greens, if you’re slightly out of position this course is scary.

“But I came back and it’s been a great tournament. I’d like to thank everyone for the welcome I’ve had and it’s been a great week.”

Brian Gay, Kenny Perry and Brad Faxon finished tied for third on five under, five shots adrift of Harrington.

(USPGA Barclays Classic) (USA unless stated, par 71):

274 Pádraig Harrington (Irl) 71 65 68 70

275 Jim Furyk 65 69 70 71

279 Kenny Perry 68 68 72 71, Brian Gay 69 66 71 73, Brad Faxon 72 68 66 73

280 Dean Wilson 72 71 66 71

281 Justin Leonard 72 71 67 71, Billy Mayfair 72 68 75 66, Vijay Singh (Fij) 68 71 69 73, John Senden (Aus) 69 67 72 73

282 Tom Pernice Jnr. 70 69 72 71

283 Tim Clark (Rsa) 74 70 68 71, Len Mattiace 71 65 73 74, Chris DiMarco 71 72 69 71, Jeff Brehaut 70 70 72 71

Dudley Hart 71 69 70 73

284 Loren Roberts 74 69 72 69, Brett Quigley 73 68 68 75

285 Franklin Langham 73 71 68 73, Omar Uresti 70 73 74 68, J.P. Hayes 70 72 73 70

286 Pat Perez 70 71 68 77, Michael Long (Nzl) 72 71 71 72, Paul Gow (Aus) 70 74 70 72, Hidemichi Tanaka (Jpn) 68 68 75 75, Lucas Glover 70 73 72 71, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 72 71 73 70, Kevin Sutherland 70 68 74 74, Craig Barlow 76 67 71 72, Greg Owen (Eng) 72 73 71 70, Michael Allen 72 71 74 69

287 Tom Byrum 70 71 75 71, Neal Lancaster 72 71 70 74, Ian Leggatt (Can) 68 73 71 75, Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 73 71 67 76, Woody Austin 72 73 70 72, Stephen Leaney (Aus) 72 73 68 74, Fred Funk 69 73 74 71, Lee Janzen 73 72 71 71

288 Joey Snyder III 74 71 73 70, Corey Pavin 77 64 74 73, Joe Ogilvie 69 71 75 73, Matt Gogel 71 74 70 73, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 70 70 71 77, Briny Baird 74 70 70 74

289 Sean O’Hair 72 69 72 76, J.L. Lewis 69 73 72 75, Dan Briggs 72 72 72 73, Hunter Mahan 75 67 73 74, Bill Glasson 70 71 78 70

290 Heath Slocum 74 71 72 73, Ryan Moore 71 74 73 72, Alex Cejka (Den) 72 72 76 70, Todd Fischer 74 70 68 78, Larry Mize 70 73 70 77, Robert Damron 76 69 73 72

291 Tjaart Van der Walt (Rsa) 73 72 74 72, Brian Bateman 68 77 70 76, Charlie Wi (Kor) 72 69 75 75, Steve Elkington (Aus) 74 71 74 72

292 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 72 71 72 77, Justin Rose (Eng) 74 68 76 74

293 John Rollins 68 74 72 79, Patrick Sheehan 69 75 75 74, Gavin Coles (Aus) 72 73 70 78

294 Brendan Jones (Aus) 72 71 72 79, Jeff Sluman 71 74 74 75, Rocco Mediate 77 67 77 73

296 Mark Calcavecchia 76 69 77 74

298 Billy Andrade 72 73 73 80

299 Steve Allan (Aus) 71 74 77 77

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