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Harrington: Win was career-changing
04 Mar 2015 13:01
Pádraig Harrington has said he has never needed a win at any stage in his career as much as his stunning play-off victory in the Honda Classic.
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On Monday, Harrington sealed his first victory in either the US or Europe in almost seven years after a thrilling final round at Palm Beach, beating American rookie Daniel Berger on the second play-off hole, the 17th.
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It was a particularly sweet ending for Harrington given that he lost the lead on 17th during his final round after finding water before showing great nerve to sink a 15-footer for birdie on the last to force the play-off.
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Speaking exclusively to RTÉ Sport’s Greg Allen, Harrington explained the significance of the win. "You could definitely argue it’s career-changing," the three-time Major winner said.
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"I suppose winning the Majors was life-changing, in that way, but at this stage in my career, this win is massive.
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"I won in here in 2005 at the Honda Classic, and it was my first win on the PGA Tour, and it was a big step up, but probably, it’s hard to believe at any stage in my career I needed a win as much as I needed this win."
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The Dubliner said that he was generally an optimistic person, and that this positivity had helped him throughout the years without a win, but admitted he had been disappointed in his performance on occasion.
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"I’ve found a bit of peace; it worked about 50% of the time this week. Typical me, I’m wondering can I make it better than that, going forward. And hopefully, it works. Certainly, it’s my answer, and that’s the big point for me.
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"I do feel like I can play as I’ve played, and better, going forward."
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