Tiger Woods and Paddy Harrington continued their hot play at the PGA Championship, carrying over from the Bridgestone Tournament that saw both golfers battle last Sunday, until, that is, the 16th hole. No word as to whether or not these two were put on the clock today. Judging by Harrington’s score (-4), it’s a safe bet they weren’t. Woods finished his opening round at -5 and it looks like he will be battling Harrington, again, for the win over the next three days. Woods’ nice score came primarily from his mastery of Hazeltine’s par 5 holes, of which there are four of them.
If he continues to shoot under on these holes, while parring the majority of the rest, Woods will probably stroll to victory on Sunday, giving him his first major championship of the season, and solidifying his “Best Golfer in the World” position.
Has for Harrington, these next three days provides ample opportunity to get rid of the bad aftertaste the 16th at Bridgestone undoubtedly left.
Tiger Woods won his 70th PGA Tour event at the Bridgestone Invitational. After opening with two sluggish rounds (68, 70), El Tigre shot back-to-back 65s during the weekend, securing a victory over Padraig Harrington, among others. Harrington was the leader going into Sunday’s play, and Woods made up the deficit with an eagle and three birdies on the front nine. In fact, Woods had the lead after making the turn for the back nine, but soon relinquished is with back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14. After parring 15, Woods still trailed Harrington by one stroke — that is, until, these two played the 16 hole.
So, Tiger’s not the only golfer on the PGA Tour who is capable of repeating at the Major Championships. I’m glad Padraig Harrington helped clear that up now that he’s won back-to-back British Open trophies. The repeat, which took place at Royal Birkdale, solidified Harrington’s place as one of the best golfers on the tour and as the best European golfer in the PGA — a fact that’s hard to debate when you compare his resume to the other European golfers on tour.
If you are just counting 2008, Harrington is tops here as well. Besides his second consecutive Open trophy, he has four top-ten finishes and seven in the top-25. However, it was his four-stroke Open victory that puts his name among the golfing’s best. Because of his repeat victory, Harrington saw his name jump 31 spots as he entered the top-10 standings for the PGA’s FedEx cup.