11 Aug 2008

Harrington seals second successive major win

11:58 am on 11 August 2008

The Irish golfer Padraig Harrington has won his second consecutive major title with a two-shot victory in the U.S. PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan

A month after successfully defending his British Open crown at Royal Birkdale, Harrington held off the challenge of playing partner Sergio Garcia with a four-under-par 66.

The Irishman edged ahead by sinking an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-three 17th before ramming in a 15-footer to save par at the last for a three-under total of 277.

Spaniard Garcia, like Harrington bidding to become the tournament's first European winner in 78 years, bogeyed two of the last three holes for a 68 and a tie for second with the American Ben Curtis (71).