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Harrington hails his first Euro Tour title in eight years

Published 24/10/2016

Padraig Harrington:
Padraig Harrington: "It's a big win... Portugal Masters is a big tournament."

Padraig Harrington produced a closing bogey-free 65 to win his first European Tour title since 2008 at the Portugal Masters.

Harrington came into the final day in Vilamoura trailing overnight leaders Anders Hansen and Mikko Korhonen by a shot but it was defending champion Andy Sullivan who emerged as his nearest challenger, finishing just a shot outside the Dubliner's 23 under par total.

The win is Harrington's 15th on the European Tour and his first since he won his third major at the US PGA Championship in 2008. His last win on the PGA Tour came at the Honda Classic in March last year.

"I haven't won yet this year, so I know the year is nearly done, it's always important to get a win every year, a winning year," he said.

"It's a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I've been coming here for 10 years so I've always liked it down here. I've always liked coming down to Portugal.

"I tried to be really aggressive. I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week."

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