Saturday 21 October 2017

Supersub Pádraig has Grand plan

Brian Keogh

Pádraig Harrington has been handed the chance to complete some "unfinished business" and add the $1.35m PGA Grand Slam of Golf to his CV next week.

Open champion Ernie Els has pulled out of the annual 36-hole clash of the season's Major winners at Bermuda's Port Royal Golf Course and the 41-year-old Dubliner has been called up to join Masters champion Bubba Watson, US Open winner Webb Simpson and 2011 US PGA champion Keegan Bradley -- a replacement for Rory McIlroy -- in the battle for the $600,000 first prize.

"I definitely feel like I have some unfinished business in the Grand Slam," said Harrington, who has pulled out of next week's BMW Masters in Shanghai to compete in Bermuda on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Angel Cabrera finished birdie-eagle to force a play-off in 2007 and then won at the third extra hole. And I can't even remember much about finishing second to Jim Furyk in 2008."

The world No 54 could have secured a return to the top 50 with a top-10 finish in Shanghai next week. But while he cannot now qualify for the following week's WGC-HSBC Champions in China, he says the top 50 is not an immediate priority.

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