Call: +353 1 5313 313

For a Free Call Back Email Us

Latest News

Latest News

Putting errors cost Harrington as Honda hots up

Poulter leads the way but the Dubliner is back in contention

P ádraig Harrington’s putting woes caught up with him just when it looked as if he’d turned the corner in the Honda Classic.

The Dubliner missed a few “shorties” early in the day, then holed as series of clutch putts on Sunday afternoon to go into the final round just three shots behind new leader Ian Poulter. But just as quickly as he had moved right into the mix again, he missed twice inside five feet and dropped three shots in six holes to slip four shots off the pace with 11 holes of the final round remaining. 

In short, his hopes of a first PGA Tour win for six years, six months and 21 days are clearly on life support. Still, as he told Golfweek’s Alex Miceli, he’s optimistic: 

“The great thing about it, as bad a day as I’ve had, I have a chance tomorrow. I’m delighted to see the delay. For me, it’s the best possible thing that could have happened.... it certainly wasn’t great day for me... Hopefully tomorrow it will go my way, but it needs to at this stage. That’s the one problem I left myself. When I was 9 under par, it didn’t need to go my way. Now, it does. . . . It can be done.”

Poulter was still there at the head of affairs after another afternoon of car crash golf in what has become one of the PGA Tour’s most entertaining events in recent years.

The English star ended his day by making a brave, comeback birdie from about three feet at the par-three seventh, easing the pain of a spectacular shank into the lake that led to a double bogey five at the par-three fifth and a pull-hook into the water that cost him a bogey at the sixth.

At seven under par, two over for the final round, Poulter was tied for the lead with compatriot Paul Casey, who managed to play nine holes of the final round in an immaculate, four under 31 before play was suspended due to darkness.

US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed is lurking just a shot off the lead on six under after a careless bogey at the seventh.

The bad news for Harrington is that while he is “only” four behind with 11 holes play, his putting under pressure looks highly unreliable and he’s tied for ninth with six players between him and the two Englishmen: the dogged Reed (7 holes), Daniel Berger (11 holes), Jeff Overton (10), Phil Mickelson (8 holes, facing a 10 footer for par on 9), Brendan Steele (8) and Russell Knox (8).


Top 100

Ireland's Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses – What are the best courses to play?' more


to our newsletter

Get latest updates, offers and more

Why choose


Goodie bags, Prizes, 24 helpline, Apres Golf, Daily Contact, Meet and Greet. more

Thank you for taking us to Ireland. Words cannot describe how honored and grateful we are to be part of such a special family. With that said, you have inspired me. Bottom line, I will never forget your passion, drive and commitment to the cause of our Warriors and Freedom. Thank you for your support! Best to you and your families. God Bless Ireland.
Major Ed Pulido US Army Retired

Latest News

Wu secures second European Tour title in Austria

Makes European Tour history as the first Chinese player to record multiple European Tour victories

Read More

More Articles

Berger wins first TOUR event at FedEx St Jude Patience pays off for Brooke Henderson as she captures first major title GB&I defeat U.S. in the Curtis Cup Darren Clarke will skip the U.S. Open at Oakmont
Privacy Statement
Terms & conditions © 2012 Golfdigestirishtours.comWeb Design by Active Online

Golf Digest Irish Tours Website – We provide all types of Irish golf packages, Irish golf tours and Irish golf trips. We can put any type of Irish golf package together, which will make you Irish golf trip very special, indeed. We have various Irish golf packages already put together based on the region you will be staying. But if you have your own 'must play courses' for your Irish golf trip, we can schedule your entire Irish golf tour around these great courses and custom a special Irish golf package for you and your group.