Sunday 25 February 2018

Harrington squeezes in

Padraig Harrington took a white-knuckle ride into the FedEx Cup play-offs last night.

The Dubliner made the 125-man field for The Barclays in New Jersey in 124th position on the list after a fourth round of 68 left him tied 47th on six-under par at the Wyndham Championship.

For the third week in a row, a player wielding a long putter won on the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson (26) claiming his first US victory in his home state, North Carolina, with a rock-steady final-round 67 which eased him to 18-under, three clear of fellow American George McNeill.

Early-finisher Harrington ended up chewing his nails for the afternoon as his FedEx Cup fate rested in the hands of others.

It would have been easier had he not slipped up a couple of times down the stretch in his own round.

After cruising through 14 holes in three-under, Harrington hit his approach from mid-fairway into a right greenside bunker at 15 and failed to get up and down for a crucial birdie at this facile par five.

He then hit his tee shot long and left of the green at 16, leading to a slipshod bogey four.

Though his two-under-par 68 looked inadequate, luck was on his side.

Now the triple Major-winner must finish in the top 30 at The Barclays to make the 100-man field for next week's second FedEx play-off, The Deutsche Bank at TPC Boston.

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Irish Independent

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