Harrington wins Asian Open
by William Foreman
TA SHEE, Taiwan (AP)?
Ireland's Padraig Harrington shot a 3-under 69 Sunday for a one-stroke victory over India's Jyoti Randhawa at the Asian Open.
Harrington offset two bogeys with five birdies and made a 15-foot par putt on the par-3 last hole to finish at 15-under 273 at the Ta Shee Golf and Country Club.
"I willed it in for the last roll up the hill," Harrington said of his par putt at No. 18. "Most tournaments end up where the winner has two putts to win. You don't get an opportunity to hole a putt to win. And I did walk up to the putt thinking that here's a chance to go for glory, to hole a putt to win."
At the ninth hole, Harrington drove into the left rough and his ball settled against a tree 130 yards from the hole. He hit an 8-iron left-handed and made bogey.
Randhawa had eight birdies in a bogey-free round of 8-under 64 for a 14-under 274 total.
American Andrew Pitts, South Africa's Trevor Immelman and third-round leader Maarten Lafeber of the Netherlands tied for third, three strokes behind Harrington.
Pitts was one stroke behind Harrington at the turn, but hit into the water at No. 11 and took a double bogey.
"I played well and put myself in good position going into the back nine," Pitts said. "I got a terrible break on 10 when my third shot hit the pin and came off the green. On 11, I just made a bad swing at the wrong time."
John Daly, honoring his mother's wishes by playing following her death last Thursday, shot a 70 and finished 11 strokes off the lead.
Defending champion Jarmo Sandelin shot a 72 and finished tied for 24th at 283. Jose Maria Olazabal, who tied for second last year, finished in a tie for 41st at 286.