Padraig Harrington wins first PGA Tour event; The Honda Classic

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Monday, March 14, 2005

The Irish golfer Padraig Harrington has won his first PGA Tour event, the Honda Classic at Palm Beach, Florida.

At age 33, the Irishman defeated the world's second-ranked Vijay Singh in a playoff on Sunday to claim his first win on the PGA Tour. Harrington had 11 birdies in the final round alone, putting him 9 under par, enough to secure the playoff against the Fijian.

In addition to winning the $990,000 top prize, Harrington became the first Irishman ever to win a PGA Tour event.