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Comedy of errors ends Harrington's interest

Padraig Harrington slumped to his worst round on tour in 18 months at Pebble Beach yesterday as he closed the AT&T National Pro-Am with a slipshod six-over-par 78.

Harrington had been well in contention entering the weekend after playing his first 36 holes in seven under.

Yet the myriad of swing changes he's been bedding-in since the winter caught up with the Dubliner in the final two rounds, which he played in nine-over.

Weather conditions at Pebble Beach links were idyllic for yesterday's climax, though the fairways and greens were faster and harder than usual for February.

Yet Harrington's problems were entirely of his own making as he drove into a fairway bunker and than failed to make the green in regulation on his way to a bogey at his opening hole, the difficult 10th.

Ireland's three-times Major champion endured most trouble on the four par fives, playing them in six-over yesterday. He made bogey at the 14th after hitting his lay-up from the fairway into the left rough, while Harrington slammed his tee shot into the Pacific Ocean on his way to a double-bogey at 18.

Yet his triple-bogey eight at the second hole was a comedy of errors. In the left greenside bunker in three, Harrington hit his next over the green, advanced his ball some three yards in the rough and then went through the green once again with his next before chipping to inches and putting-out before finishing with seven straight pars.

After a five under par round of 67, DA Points won the event by two shots on 15 under par from fellow American Hunter Mahan.

Irish Independent