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The new master of the majors is the Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who won his second straight major, the third in his career. Once again, Harrington battled Spain's fiery Sergio Garcia, and once again, the Irishman prevailed.
Oakland Hills Country Club might be known as, "The Monster", but Ireland's Padraig Harrington wasn't scared at all in the 90th PGA Championship.
With an incredible 8-under mark over the final 36 holes thanks to matching 4-under-par 66s, Harrington posted a 3-under 277 total for a two-shot win over Sergio Garcia and Ben Curtis on Sunday for the Irishman's second major win in three weeks.
Interestingly, it seemed as though Harrington was ready to throw in the towel after a 4-over 74 in the second round put him at 5 over for the tournament.
"I went back and had a look at it and had a discussion with my trainer at home; it was possible that I was dehydrated," said Harrington about his lackluster start. So it gave me something to focus on. I focused on Friday evening and Saturday, and all through Saturday and Sunday in rehydrating myself. And at least whether that was the cause or not, whether it was it might have been tiredness, as well.
When push came to shove over the final three holes at Oakland Hills on Sunday, a well-hydrated and inspired Harrington played them in 1 under, while Garcia and Curtis were 1 over. That was the difference.
Just when it was getting very interesting on the back nine, Garcia ran into another all-too-familiar major demise. The Spaniard hit a picture-perfect approach shot to the 15th green that took one short bounce, hit the top of the cup and the pin before drifting 10 feet from the hole. Without hitting the pin, he should have had a short birdie putt. Instead, Garcia had to settle for a two-putt par.
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