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Ryder Cup: Padraig Harrington finds his form at long last

By Karl MacGinty

Padraig Harrington will have the confidence of a final-round 64 at the Vivendi Cup with him to Celtic Manor this week - as well as the overwhelming support of his fellow competitors at Chambourcy.

Harrington signed off before the Ryder Cup with an eagle and six birdies for a 13-under-par closing tally on the Marly Course at Golf de Joyvenal.

The triple Major winner cut a swathe through the French field yesterday, coming from 10 shots back at the start of the round to snatch an eagle at the par-five 13th hole — when he put a hybrid second shot to 10 feet — plus seven birdies, including three in succession from the second, before ending his round with a laser-like sand-wedge to six feet on 18 for his 64.

Harrington's last-day effort was his best final round since a another 64 saw him finish runner-up behind Ross Fisher at the Irish Open.

He had no hope of ending a more than two-year winless drought — as England's John Parry captured his maiden Tour title ahead of Sweden's Johan Edfors — but Harrington's Parisian week was all about restoring lost gloss.

“The week before a big event is all about seeing where your game is at and seeing what work needs to be done,” he said.

\[Peter Hutcheon\]”I struggled with my putting early on in the week but today it was quite sharp, but I definitely don't have as much to do now on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.”

l DAMIAN Mooney’s bid for the Irish PGA title fizzled out at Seapoint yesterday.

The Belfast man closed with a 72 to finish in joint fourth, five shots behind winner David Mortimer.

Mortimer, 35 from Renvyle in Co Galway, holed-out in truly spectacular fashion from just off the final green at Seapoint Golf Club to complete a stunning one stroke victory over European Tour ace Damien McGrane.

Yet both men deserve credit for fashioning a rip-roaring finish worthy of the 100th edition of this august championship.

Moments before Connacht marvel Mortimer applied the coup de grace, McGrane hit the hole with a phenomenal 30 yards chip for an eagle three of his own ... instead, his ball rolled around the rim of the cup and out, leaving the Kells man with a tap-in birdie.

Then up stepped Mortimer, hitting a superlative 40 foot putt through the fringe grass and onto the green, his eyes widening with excitement as it curled left to right, homing in on the cup.

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