Padraig Harrington said he wasn’t accustomed to a seemingly comfortable final-round lead, but he sure took advantage of the situation.
Harrington of Ireland shot a 1-under-par 70 on Oct. 22 and won the $850,000 Turespaña Masters by two strokes for his second title of the year.
He finished at 17-under 267, with Gary Orr of Scotland the runner-up at 269 after closing with a 66.
“I’ve never gone into a last round as a pro with a four-shot lead,” Harrington said. “It takes experience to cope with that.”
Harrington’s third European Tour title follows the 1996 Spanish Open and the Brazil Sao Paulo 2000 Years Open earlier this year. Harrington earned $143,000 to move into eighth place on the Order of Merit at $940,000.
Sweden’s Per-Ulrik Johansson briefly pulled within a shot of the leaders before missing three putts of less than 5 feet on the back nine. Johansson ended with a 68 for a 270.
Darren Clarke had four birdies and an eagle en route to a 65 to finish fourth at 271. The Irishman won $43,000 to cut Lee Westwood’s European money-list lead to $55,500.
In May at The Belfry, Harrington led by five shots after three rounds. But he failed to sign his first-round card and was disqualified on the final morning. Since then, he signs his scorecards twice.
– Associated Press