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Pain-free Harrington happy just to finish

A tie for 56th place on three-over par at the St Jude Classic might not sound noteworthy for a three-time major champion, but Pádraig Harrington drew rich satisfaction from completing all 72 holes at TPC Southwind.

Especially when he emerged from the experience pain-free and with only a little swelling to the right knee, which required keyhole surgery just 20 days ago to remove two small pieces of cartilage that had broken loose during an indoor football match last December.

"The primary objective was to play all four rounds. That was important," said the 38-year-old Dubliner. "All seems well with the leg and it's certainly not hurting, which is a good sign.

"It needs a lot of minding but I'm happy with how things are progressing. I'll not be overdoing things in the next few days," added Harrington, who rounded off his week in Memphis, Tennessee, with a three-over-par 73.

His closing effort featured just one birdie at the par-four 12th, two bogeys and an ugly double-bogey seven at the long 16th, where the Dubliner lost his ball left off the tee and had to reload.

The bogeys came at the first, where he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker, and at seven, where he missed a four-foot putt for his par.

Harrington didn't putt especially well in Memphis and played some untidy golf as he missed seven of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens. "Sure, it'd have been nice to play better," he shrugged nonchalantly.

"That's something we always want to do, but I've no concerns at all about this week. It was fairly typical of the way I usually play when the US Open is just a week or two away," Harrington added.

Lee Westwood benefited from a nightmare regulation finish by American Robert Garrigus to end a 12-year title drought on the PGA Tour with a gripping play-off victory in Memphis.

The British world number three calmly drained a five-foot birdie putt at the fourth extra hole to edge out Swede Robert Karlsson, who had been seeking a maiden win on the US circuit.

The Englishman threw his putter to the ground as his ball disappeared in to the heart of the cup before he pumped his right fist in celebration.

It was Westwood's first victory in the US since the 1998 New Orleans Classic and his fifth top-10 in just eight PGA Tour starts this season, including a runner-up spot behind Phil Mickelson at the US Masters in April.

"I like being competitive before a major championship, to be competitive in a tournament and boost my confidence," said Westwood. "This week was a little bit draining with the temperature it gets to here, but because I've been to Pebble Beach and done most of my preparation I can take it easy for the next three days."


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