Despite the fact that he was a late entrant into the golf tournament, Padraig Harrington won the end of season PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda on Wednesday. Harrington held off a late final round charge by Webb Simpson to pull out a one shot victory.
The event, which is a four person competition, brings together the four major championship winners of the year in a head to head shootout. As such, Bubba Watson (The Masters) and Simpson (U.S. Open) were the only 2 major winners from 2012 to play. Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship) took Rory McIlroy’s (2012 PGA Championship) place in the field because McIlroy had already agreed to play a European Tour even this week.
You might be asking yourself why Harrington was even in the field, since he didn’t win a major in 2012. In fact, Harrington hasn’t won a tournament since 2012. Well, he was asked to fill in for British Open champion Ernie Els who is currently dealing with a significant ankle injury. It turns out they picked the right man for the job, as Paddy was able to pull out the win.
It’s good to see Harrington back holding a trophy. He has been a solid player for many years, and from everything I’ve heard, is one of the most likeable guys on the circuit. Harrington lost in a playoff in each of his 2 prior appearances at the Grand Slam of Golf. In 2007 he lost to Angel Cabrera and in 2008 he lost to Jim Furyk.
Hopefully, this is the spark that Harrington needed to get things turned around and start winning tournaments again. He hasn’t been playing poorly (he’s currently 57th in the official world golf rankings), but he just hasn’t been able to get into the winner’s circle. While this was only a four person event, the competition was tough and it could very well give Paddy the confidence to start winning again.