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Harrington ends winless streak


Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington won for the first time in over two years on Sunday following a comfortable three-stroke victory at the Iskandar Johor Open.

The Irishman, whose last tournament success came at the 2008 US PGA Championship, started the day with a five-shot lead and victory was never in doubt as he closed with a three-under-par 69 at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.

South Korean Noh Seung-yul finished strongly with a superb seven-under 65 to claim second place while Chinese Tapiei's Lin Wen-tang took third following a 68.

Harrington, who walked away with the US Dollars 198,125 winner's cheque, had played through the pain barrier all day on Saturday after tweaking a muscle in his neck. He showed no ill effects from the injury and started with aplomb by reeling off three straight birdies from the second.

The 39-year-old bogeyed the fifth but added further gains on the 11th, 13th and 14th holes and though he dropped two shots in his last three holes it mattered not as he comfortably sealed victory on his debut at the Asian Tour event.

"Two years is a long time, especially when you're reminded most weeks you play. It's nice and very important for me to win. It's somewhat a monkey off your back," said Harrington.

"Winning is a habit. Every time you win, it is important but when you haven't won for a while it does add a bit more emphasis to it. It makes it all the more memorable."

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Last year's champion KJ Choi shot a 68 to claim a share of eighth while Colin Montgomerie finished tied 11th after closing with a 69.

The Scot, playing in his second tournament since leading Europe to Ryder Cup success, closed with five birdies against two bogeys.

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