Padraig Harrington: only in the field after reserves Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods opted not to play
Padraig Harrington was delighted to take care of some "unfinished business" after winning the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.The Dubliner followed up his opening 66 with a second-round 67 on Wednesday to finish one shot clear of American Webb Simpson on nine under par.The two-time major winner wasn't even in the original four-man field, only switching from this week's BMW Masters in Shanghai after being invited to replace Ernie Els. "I see a lot of good things happening and I do believe that I'm turning the corner into a peak."
Padraig HarringtonQuotes of the weekHis decision paid off handsomely as Harrington finally got his hands on the trophy - he had twice before suffered the disappointment of play-off defeats in the event."It was always the right decision no matter what," he said of his decision to travel to Bermuda."You've got to give yourself the chance - it's a fantastic tournament and even if I finished fourth I'd be quite confident that I made the right decision."It is a bonus to come and win, no doubt about it, and it was unfinished business for me having lost in two play-offs."I believe I'm playing really good golf. I see a lot of good things happening and I do believe that I'm turning the corner into a peak. What those peaks are, we'll wait and see."EncouragedSimpson, who shot a 65 on Wednesday, was full of praise for the man that pipped him to the title."He's playing well and made the putts you've got to make, but I'm really encouraged with how I played," he said of Harrington."My weakness this year has been when I'm in between clubs and I try to smooth one. My body kind of shuts down and doesn't work as well - it's just an eye-opener that I've got a lot of work to do in the off-season."I wish I could have putt a little more pressure on Padraig (at the last), but he'd probably have two-putted if he had to."Harrington, who got his chance after the first two reserves, Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods, opted not to play, joins 1991 champion Ian Woosnam as the only European winners of the title.