Padraig Harrington came from behind to claim a notable victory in the Linde German Masters and at the same time gave watching Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer the perfect boost for next week’s contest at Oakland Hills Country Club. For the Irishman became the third Ryder Cup Team Member in the last three weeks to win on The European Tour, following in the footsteps of Miguel Angel Jiménez (BMW International Open) and Luke Donald (Omega European Masters).
The Irishman started the last round three shots adrift of overnight leader Graeme McDowell but turned matters around on a thrilling final day in front of huge galleries at Gut Lärchenhof to move to sixth on the Volvo Order of Merit with €1,488,804 (£1,010,365).
Harrington carded a final round 70 for a 13 under par total of 275 to win by three shots from Australian left hander Nick O’Hern, who posted a 70 for 278, while McDowell shared third with Raphaël Jacquelin on nine under par 279 after respective closing rounds of 77 and 73.
“This is great especially because I came so close in 1999 and it has been a good tournament for me,” said Harrington. Obviously this week the golf course was substantially different, it was very difficult out there and it is also good to win shooting 75 in the second round as well.
“To come back with a 64 in the third round and then to shoot 70 today starting with two bogeys was good perseverance. My confidence was up this week as was my perseverance.”
Harrington also revealed that the victory gave him added satisfaction and it finally put to an end any doubt that his form was not as it should be, having missed the cut in his last tournament, the BMW International Open in Munich.
“I try not to worry too much about what people outside my immediate circle say, I try and listen to close friends but it is hard not to hear that he is not going so well, or not playing so well so it was nice to turn it around with a week like this.”