Friday 31 October 2014

Poll: Was Padraig Harrington's three wood at Royal Birkdale in 2008 better than Rory McIlroy's last night at Valhalla?

Published 11/08/2014 | 11:17

Padraig Harrington of the Republic of Ireland kisses the Claret Jug after winning The Open golf tournament at Royal Birkdale in Southport in north-west England, on July 20, 2008. Credit: Glyn Kirk, Getty Images
Padraig Harrington kisses the Claret Jug after winning The Open golf tournament at Royal Birkdale in 2008

They will go down as two of the most iconic golf shots in the history of Irish golf but which was better?

Padraig Harrington defended his Open Championship crown at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and produced the shot of his career in the process.

Two shots up with two to play, the Dubliner had 272 yards left to the tee with a 26mph crosswind and instead of opting to lay up on the par five, he unleashed an amazing three-wood effort which just avoided a greenside bunker before settling four feet from the hole.

Harrington eagled and became the first man to retain the Claret Jug since James Braid in 1906.

Rory McIlroy started yesterday with a one-shot lead but dropped two shots in his first six holes and trailed Fowler by three as he reached the turn.

He needed something special to turn his day around and it came at the 10th.

McIlroy's three wood from 282 yards landed within six feet of the pin, the only man to reach the 10th in two yesterday, and he eagled to kickstart his comeback.

Was Padraig Harrington's three wood at Royal Birkdale in 2008 better than Rory McIlroy's last night at Valhalla? Vote here

Was Padraig Harrington's three wood at Royal Birkdale in 2008 better than Rory McIlroy's last night at Valhalla? Vote here

  • Padraig Harrington 0%
  • Rory McIlroy 0%

"The ball flight was probably around 30 feet lower than I intended and the line of the shot was probably around 15 yards left of where I intended," McIlroy admitted. "It was lucky, it really was."

Which was the better shot? You decide.

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